Adoption of Emergency Rule and Public Hearing for Proposed Rule: Assertive Community Treatment Teams

From: Ron Welch, Director, Office of Adult Mental Health Services:

“Rules Governing Essential Standards and Basic Principles Required of Assertive Community Treatment Teams In Order To Apply to District Court To Admit A Patient to a Progressive Treatment Program” will be adopted October 1, 2010.
Rules and related rulemaking documents may be reviewed at and printed from the DHHS Office of Adult Mental Health Services web site at or, for a fee, interested parties may request a paper copy of rules by calling the Office of Adult Mental Health Services at 287-4243.  For those who are Deaf or hard of hearing, the TTY number is 1-800-606-0215.
The above was adopted as an emergency rule, as required by Public Law 2009, Chapter 651, Section 32.  Emergency rules are effective for 90 days.  A proposed rule, identical to the emergency rule, has also been filed with the Secretary of State’s office and is proposed to take the place of the emergency rule when it expires.  A public hearing regarding the proposed rule is scheduled for November 8, 2010 at 32 Blossom Lane,  Augusta, ME.  It will take place 10:00 – 11:00 A.M. in Conference Room #1A, first floor of the Marquardt Building.  Comments may also be submitted in writing through November 22, 2010.
Finally, and pursuant to the reporting requirements of 5 MRS §8052(5-A), adoption of this rule will not create any economic burden on small business.
Submit comments to:
Christine Robinson, Training and Best Practices Coordinator
DHHS Office of Adult Mental Health Services
32 Blossom Lane, 2nd floor Marquardt Bldg.
11 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0011
Phone 207/287-4865; Fax 207/287-1022; TTY 1-800-606-0215



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Mental Illness Awareness Week: October 3-9, 2010


In 1990, the U.S. Congress established the first week of October as Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) in recognition of NAMI’s efforts to raise mental illness awareness. Since 1990, mental health advocates across the country have joined together during the first full week of October to celebrate.

The National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness Recovery and Understanding is Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010.

For more information: please visit:

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Feedback on DHHS Vocational Policy Needed!

DHHS is drafting a new Office Wide Vocational Policy and is seeking feedback.  The policy is fairly general in order to apply to all of the participating DHHS Offices and the different groups of people they serve. Once this DHHS-Wide Policy is approved, each participating office, including OAMHS, will generate “Practice Guidelines” that will describe how they will support the DHHS-Wide Policy. In the future, the CCSM will have opportunities for input on these guidelines. It is in the Practice Guidelines where OAMHS can get much more specific about vocational services for people with mental illness.
The CCSM is collecting consumer input and would appreciate your help! If you would like to provide feedback, please review the Draft Policy and use the attached form to submit your comments.  
The comment form may be sent to us by:  1) Email at [email protected];  or 2) Mail to: 55 Middle Street, Suite 2, Augusta, ME. 04330.

The Comment form needs to be completed and returned to us by September 28, 2010.

 Thank you.


To review the Draft Vocational Policy, click here

To obtain the comment form, click here


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APS Healthcare Member Advisory Council Seeking New Members

  •  Are you a Mainecare member (or have had Mainecare in the past two years) who uses substance abuse or behavioral health services?
  •  Would you like to advise APS Healthcare on ways to improve the quality of what we do?
  •  Are you interested in helping APS Healthcare make its paperwork clear and easy to read?
  •  Could you provide feedback on how APS Healthcare is operating and suggest training opportunities?

If you answered yes to these questions, we want YOU! Come join the APS Healthcare Member Advisory Council.

  • We meet four times a year in Augusta and Bangor.
  • We pay a stipend and mileage.
  • We provide lunch.
  • We learn new things and have fun.

If you want to join us please call Patricia Lehmann, Member Liaison at APS Healthcare at 866-521-0027 Option 3 or e-mail at [email protected].  Also please call with any questions you might have.

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Live Web Chat on the Affordable Care Act & Behavioral Health scheduled for Wednesday, Sept.15th

SAMHSA is hosting a live web chat to discuss the Affordable Care Act and Behavioral Health. As stated by SAMHSA, “This new law contains important new programs that will help improve and expand coverage for those with behavioral health issues”
The web chat will be conducted by U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Pamela S. Hyde, Administrator for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. They will discuss the Affordable Care Act and how it affects you, your family , and others. This is also an opportunity to find out more about important benefits to those with behavioral health disorders under the Affordable Care Act.
Join the web chat discussion and ask questions at:
You can send in your questions before the Web Chat by emailing them to [email protected], or submit them live to @HealthCareGov using Twitter.
If you are unable to participate in this live web chat or want to learn more about the implications the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will have for the behavioral health system, register for SAMHSA’s Webinar “Health Care Reform: Implications for Behavioral Health Providers” scheduled for September 21, 2010, 2 to 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time.
To register for Webinar, click here
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Do you have MaineCare? Let your voice be heard!

Come to a Listening Session about MaineCare!
Tell researchers what you think about MaineCare and how you get your health care!

DHHS is looking for people who have MaineCare to come talk about MaineCare and their health care with researchers from the University of Southern Maine.  The Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is changing the way it pays hospitals and physicians in order to improve the quality of services and the way services are delivered to MaineCare members. So the purpose of this group is to hear directly from you about your experiences with MaineCare and your ideas for improving it. These Listening Sessions are a chance for you to let DHHS know about what you like and dislike about MaineCare and how it can work better for you.

The names of people who go to the Listening Sessions will be kept confidential. The researchers will summarize what is said in a report that will be shared with people in DHHS and others who are trying to improve the MaineCare program.  This is a great opportunity to help improve the MaineCare program.

Participants will receive a $30 gift certificate to Hannaford’s, travel reimbursement (44 cents per mile) and child care reimbursement, if needed.

Where and When

Lewiston, Thursday, September 9, 2010, 10 am – noon

Portland, Thursday, September 16, 2010, 10 am – noon

Bangor, Wednesday, September 22, 2010, 10 am – noon

Presque Isle, Thursday, September 23, 2010, 10 am – noon

If you would like to attend, please contact:

Mary Henderson
Maine Equal Justice Partners
126 Sewall Street
Augusta, ME 04330
(207) 212-8805
(Reasonable accommodations available on request)
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DEA Heads First-Ever Nationwide Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

The DEA, along with government, community, public health and law enforcemnet partners, has set up a nationwide prescription drug take-back day on Saturday, September 25, 2010 from 10 am to 2 pm.
Collection sites around the country will take any expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for safe, legal, and environmentally friendly disposal.
For more information or to find a collection site in Maine, click on the image below.
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September CSN Meetings Cancelled

Please note that the following CSN meetings for September have been cancelled: CSN 4- scheduled for Sept. 13th & CSN 7- scheduled for Sept. 9th.

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6th Annual Creative Writing Contest

Maine Mental Health Connections is accepting entries for its 6th Annual Creative Writing Contest, with cash prizes of $50, $25, & $15 for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners respectively. Mental health consumers throughout the State of Maine are eligible to submit entries. Eligible entries must be essays or works of fiction under 2,000 words, or poetry under 100 lines. They must be original, unpublished works submitted in English. No more than 5 entries per person.There is no prescribed theme for entries. There is no entry fee and no purchase of any kind required to enter. An anthology of outstanding entries, including the winners, will be published and distributed free of charge to all those whose entries are selected for publication. The copyright of each entry will otherwise remain the property of the author. Entrants desiring their names not to be used in this publication should so indicate on each submission. Entries and contact information (name, address) should be submitted to:

Creative Writing Contest
Maine Mental Health Connections
150 Union Street
Bangor, ME. 04401
Deadline For Submission: September 1, 2010. Winners will be notified by November, 2010.
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