The CCSM Staff is back in the office but we are temporarily closed for public visits! We are still fully operational and can be reach by calling our regular office number: 430-8300 or 1-877-207-5073.

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Request your Absentee Ballot for the July 2020 Election

Courtesy of the League of Women Voters of Maine: The July primary and referendum election is now just three weeks away. If you plan to vote by mail, there is still time to request your absentee ballot online or by phone, but don’t wait too much longer. It can take 5-7 days in each direction:

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Online Community Forums Scheduled for August

“Re-inventing the Adult Mental Health System” Online Community Forums (See flyer above for more details…) We invite you to join us and share your thoughts on what YOU imagine Maine’s adult mental health system should look like. Information collected will be organized, compiled and shared with the Department of Health & Human Services. All forums

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Statement of Solidarity Against Racism & Discrimination

In light of recent events around the country, we put forth the following message: The Consumer Council System of Maine is deeply saddened and outraged about the recent killing of George Floyd and other incidents of racial & systemic violence happening around the country. Systemic violence against communities of color MUST stop and we stand

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Comments/Feedback Wanted on CCSM Issue Statements (1st Drafts)

We want to hear from you! The CCSM has created new issue statement concept drafts regarding Section 17 Flexibility of Care and consumers not being included in ISP goal setting. To view the issue statement: “Section 17 Flexibility of Care Service-Revisited“, click HERE To view the issue statement: “Consumers Not Being Included In Setting ISP Goals”,

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May 2020 Online Community Forums

You are invited to attend one of our upcoming forums ! ~These forums are open to the public and are free to attend~ Share your feedback on local issues related to Maine’s mental health system! Information collected will be used to inform our work and help us focus on the most important issues in the coming

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COVID-19 and SSI/SSDI Benefits

Webinar offered by: April 16, 2020 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m CART captioning provided How do Economic Impact Payments Impact Public Benefits? How do SSI/SSDI beneficiaries get their Economic Impact Payment? How does Unemployment Insurance (UI) Impact Public Benefits? What Social Security Services Are Being Impacted By COVID-19? Should I Report my Job Loss or

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URGENT GRIEVANCES TRAINING TO BE OFFERED ON 4/9/2020

Webinar Training hosted by: Consumer Council System of Maine & Disability Rights Maine DATE: April 9, 2020 TIME: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM The Consumer Council System of Maine, in partnership with Disability Rights Maine, is hosting a training to help you learn the best way to protect your rights during a time of national emergency. This training is

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MAINE COVID-Support Resource

The CCSM has created this easy to use graphic to inform you of support resources available during these stressful times due to COVID-19. The image below can be downloaded and shared….

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COVID-19 Resources Added to CCSM Website

The CCSM has created a web page specific to COVID-19 updates and resources within the community. Many organizations, such as Disability Rights Maine & Maine Equal Justice Partners, are still open and functioning via telephone. If you feel your rights are being violated, you need information about COVID-19 as it relates to your job or

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MaineCare Telehealth Townhall Scheduled

Join Maine DHHS leadership and Northeast Telehealth Resource Center (NETRC) staff for an overview of the recent significant expansions to telehealth policy at the state and federal level that will allow Maine providers and patients to better leverage technology and promote continuity of care for their patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. NETRC staff will also

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CCSM CORONA VIRUS RESPONSE ANNOUNCEMENT

Good day, The Consumer Council System of Maine (CCSM) has been closely monitoring the impact of COVID-19 (Corona Virus) and heeding guidance from the U.S, and Maine Centers for Disease Control as well as the World Health Organization (WHO). We want to ensure that we have the right plans and resources in place to safeguard

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CCSM Office Closure- 2/13/2020

Due to the weather and thinking of the safety of all staff and our members, the CCSM office will be closed today, Tuesday, February 13, 2020. Staff will still be available and can be reached by calling us through our office number: 430-8300 or Toll Free: 1-877-207-5073 Thank you and please stay safe today!

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2020 HOPE Conference-Call for Artwork (Deadline Extended)

The HOPE conference planning committee has extended the deadline for this year’s call for artwork to allow more time for submissions to be collected!  (View flyer below…) NEW DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: March 2, 2020 There is still time to submit your ideas!! The planning group would love a bunch of ideas to choose from!

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Mental Health Working Group Report Released

As you may know, the CCSM was part of a working group established via legislation: ‘LD 1602, Resolve 2019, Chapter 100, Resolve, Establishing the Working Group on Mental Health.’ The group was tasked with assessing the State’s capacity to serve Maine citizens with behavioral health needs and propose a comprehensive mental health plan for the

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February Focus Forum Schedule

We invite you to attend the first of four forums that we will be hosting this year in multiple areas across Maine. Each forum will be on a different topic and will allow us to provide information and collect your feedback and thoughts.  ~These forums are open to the public and are free to attend~ Come & hear

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CCSM Closures & Cancellations

The office will be closed on Thursday, January 16, 2020 due to the snow storm. Staff can still be reached by calling our office number: 430-8300 or 1-877-207-5073. Stay safe!

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2020 HOPE Conference- Call for Presentations

The HOPE Conference planning committee has released a call for presentations for the 2020 conference. If you have an idea for a workshop and would like to submit one, then now is the time! For learn more about submitting a proposal and to obtain proposal form, please see below: For more detailed information, click HERE

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Feedback Wanted on New Issue Statements!

We want to hear from you! The CCSM has created new issue statement concept drafts regarding access to medications in Maine Jails and re-establishing the Office of Consumer Affair within Maine’s Dept. of Health & Human Services. To view the issue statement: “Access to Medications in Maine Jails Concept Draft“, click HERE To view the issue

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December 2019 Cancellations

There will be no local council meetings for the month of December. Some groups have opted to host holiday parties in place of meetings. If you would like to attend one of the holiday events and need more information, please contact the CCSM Office at 207-430-8300 or 1-877-207-5073. Our new meeting format will begin on

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New Meeting Format Announced for 2020

In an effort to increase participation and get feedback from as many of our peers as possible, the SCC has voted on changing our local council meeting schedule (see chart below). Beginning on Jan.1, 2020, we will start using a new rotating, quarterly format that will include holding local council business meetings, hosting forums and

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Rumford Local Council Meeting Rescheduled

The November meeting of the Rumford Local Council has been rescheduled. The group will now meet on November 20th from 5-7 PM at Rumford Island Housing, 20 Congress Street, Rumford. For more information, see our website calendar by clicking HERE

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Maine DHHS To Host Transportation Listening Sessions

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has formed a group to help improve transportation services and this group is seeking public input. They will be holding listening sessions around the state. If you would like to provide feedback, see below for list of sessions near you…..

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SAVE THE DATE- 2020 HOPE Conference

The 2020 HOPE Conference has been scheduled for May 27, 2020! Save the date to join us for a day long event of workshops, keynote speakers and camaraderie!

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Feedback Wanted on New Issue Statements

We want to hear from you! The CCSM has created first drafts of issue statements regarding ways to help people with a criminal history to obtain employment and another for people who end up in correctional facilities without access to mental health treatment. To view the issue statement ” Alternative pathways to Employment for People

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2019 Regional Meetings & Elections Reminder

Regional Meetings and SCC elections will be coming up soon and the deadline for applications is fast approaching:  We currently need candidates for Region 1 as no applications have been submitted! All candidates must complete and submit the CCSM ElectedRepresentative Application by 5:00 PM on the following dates:Region 1: October 31, 2019Region 2: October 21,

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Statewide Consumer Council Election Notice-2019

The CCSM is currently accepting applications for 3 At-Large Representatives to serve on the Statewide Consumer Council (SCC). The Statewide Consumer Council consists of 2-3 representatives from each local council and 1 At-Large Representative from each Region (a list of regions & counties is attached). Election Schedule One At-Large Representative will be elected from each

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CCSM To Host 2019 Regional Meetings

The CCSM will be hosting the following regional meetings: Region 1- Biddeford November 7, 2019 3:00 PM-5:00 PM Region 2- Rockland October 28, 2019 3:00 PM-5:00 PM Region 3- Caribou October 30, 2019 3:00 PM-5:00 PM We invite you to come hear information about Maine’s adult mental health Consent Decree from Disability Rights Maine (DRM).

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ACTION ALERT-HELP US SAVE THE WARM LINE!

Last Friday, September 6th, DHHS released an RFP (request for proposal) for the warm line program. This peer staffed and managed program has been operating in Maine for 14 years. For many years, the warm line has been open 24/7. In the current RFP, the State is saying they are only going to pay for

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Waterville Local Council on Temporary Hiatus

Please note that the Waterville Local Council has been put on temporary hiatus. If you would like to help re-start or join this council, please contact Amanda Peters, CCSM Outreach & Technical Assistance Coordinator at 430-8300 or 687-6035.

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We are hiring!

The CCSM is expanding and we have an opening for a full time Office Manager! To view job description and/or to apply, click HERE

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3rd Annual Disability Pride Day-Augusta

Com join the CCSM and celebrate Disability Pride Day! The CCSM will host an informational table and there will be lots of opportunity to mingle and have fun! Come celebrate with us! Please note the new location this year: Mill Park-Augusta

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CCSM To Offer eCPR Training

The Consumer Council System of Maine (CCSM) is sponsoring a two-day eCPR training this summer in 2 different locations! Sessions will be offered: Portland: July 22-23, 2019 (Location to be determined) Augusta: August 8-9, 2019 (Location to be determined) Space is limited so you must apply! Click HERE to download application. APPLICATION DEADLINE: JULY 15,

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CCSM Receives New Banner from ARRT!

We would like to thank the wonderful folks at ARRT! (Artist’s Rapid Response Team) for creating this wonderful banner for the CCSM! It was an unexpected surprise that was delivered today! We will be using this for events and on our website, etc. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do! ARRT! (Artists’

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Quality Improvement Council schedules mental health forums

Let your voice be heard! Have you or a family member ever received or are receiving now mental health services? Quality Improvement Council presents three public forums: Governor Hill Mansion 136 State Street Augusta, Me www.govenorhillmansion.com June 18, 2019, 5:30-7:30 pm Jeff’s Catering 15 Littlefield Way Brewer, Me www.jeffscatering.com June 19, 2019 6-8 pm Italian

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ACTION ALERT UPDATE

No Public Hearing on LD 1822 ” An Act to Protect Access to Services for Adults with Serious and Persistent Mental Illness” The CCSM has received word on LD 1822: “An Act to Protect Access to Services for Adults with Serious and Persistent Mental Illness.  The Health and Human Services Committee went into a quick work session on Monday

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CALL TO ACTION: LD 1822

INDIVIDUALS NEEDED TO BE READY TO SUBMIT TESTIMONY AND/OR ATTEND PUBLIC HEARING! We just received word today, June 3, 2019, that LD 1822 ” An Act to Protect Access to Services for Adults with Serious and Persistent Mental Illness” will be scheduled a public hearing soon, even as early as this afternoon! We may only

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CALL TO ACTION ON LD 1602!

INDIVIDUALS NEEDED TO SPEAK ABOUT MAINE’S MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEM! Share your experiences about what is working, what you want, what isn’t working and what your concerns are!  We are encouraging the community to:1. Write and give testimony or,2. Come and speak from your heart without written testimony or, 3. Show up to support others who are speaking(Oral testimony

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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

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CCSM CALL TO ACTION

INDIVIDUALS NEEDED TO TESTIFY ON  SEVERAL BILLS BEING HEARD THIS WEEK!  We are encouraging the CCSM community to write and give testimony!Have your voice heard!  PUBLIC HEARINGS  Wednesday, April 17th at 9:00 AM  Cross Building- Room 209 Health & Human Services Committee   L.D. 613: Resolve- Concerning the Adoption of Rules To Carry Out the Purpose

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Looking for Outreach Coordinator to join our team!

The CCSM is currently hiring a full time Community Outreach and Technical Assistance Coordinator. This is an hourly position that offers earned time, paid health (100%) and dental insurance (paid at 50%). To view the job description, click HERE To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Simonne Maline, Executive Director: [email protected] or

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CALL TO ACTION!! INDIVIDUALS NEEDED TO TESTIFY ON LD 876 AND LD 964

WHEN:  Friday, March 25, 2019 TIME:  (LD 964) 10:00 AM           (LD 876)   1:00 pm LOCATION: Cross Building, Room 209(Building connected to Statehouse) We have received word that the following bills submitted by the CCSM will be heard at the Health & Human Services Committee on Monday, March 25th: LD 876: Resolve, Directing

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