Feedback Wanted for Issue Statement on Person-First Language

We want to hear from you!

The CCSM has created a first draft of an issue statement regarding person first language for reducing stigma and focusing on a strength-based approach to care.

To view the issue statement, click HERE

What are your thoughts on the first draft? Do you have any personal stories to share that relate to this issue statement?

DEADLINE FOR FEEDBACK: MAY 8, 2018

Please submit feedback/comments and/or a personal stories to: Vickie McCarty- [email protected]

or send through the mail to:
The CCSM
Issue Statement Comments
219 Capitol St. Suite #7
Augusta, Maine 04330
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Issue Statement Process Information

One of CCSM’s duties is to provide feedback to state government about local and statewide issues. We have a process that generates what is called an issue statement. This is a document that addresses a specific issue and gives solution-based recommendations on how to improve or make changes within Maine’s mental health system. Within this process, people are given an opportunity to provide feedback on each statement generated. 

Recently, the Issues Statement Development Subcommittee agreed that to be more inclusive and for more peer voices to be heard, we realized that it would be helpful to attach “personal stories” to each Issue Statement we do. This will allow for more personalized experiences to be shared in order to better illustrate how an issue affects our community. Each personal story will be left unedited with its original wording.  

Given this new opportunity, we hope our community will feel more engaged and empowered by giving voice to important issues.