As required by Title 34-B, Section 3611, the statute pertaining to our organization, The Consumer Council System of Maine submitted its Annual report to the Governor and Legislature dated May 31, 2010.
To view the report, click here
UPDATE: OAMHS recently approved the CCSM’s revised plan for gathering consumer input on the Recovery for ME Guidelines. We have contracted with a consultant, Dana Oltchick Lundy (whom we met in the Outreach Coordinator interviews), and she will create a narrated powerpoint presentation that incorporates survey questions that can be posted and completed on our own website. This presentation will also guide the focus groups we will hold during January: at all three Regional Meetings and in Portland, Bath-Brunswick, and Caribou. Dana is hitting the ground running! This is major movement on a project that has had more than its share of challenges.
To view our revised plan, click HERE
The development of Maine’s new practice guidelines for recovery-oriented care is underway and needs focused consumer attention and input. As many may already know, the Office of Adult Mental Health Services (OAMHS) is using guidelines developed by Connecticut as the template for this project. (CT Guidelines)
The guidelines contain 6 “domains” or areas, and OAMHS is gathering any and all input on one domain each month during 2010, as follows:
|May. . . . . . . .||Recovery-oriented care is consumer and family-driven|
|June . . . . . . .||Recovery-oriented care is timely and responsive|
|July . . . . . . . .||Recovery-oriented care is person-centered|
|August . . . . .||Recovery-oriented care is effective, equitable, and efficient|
|September. .||Recovery-oriented care is safe and trustworthy|
|October . . . .||Recovery-oriented care maximizes use of natural support and settings|
There are several ways to give feedback: 1) Participate in OAMHS monthly webinar-conference call; 2) email your written comments to [email protected]; 3) snail mail to OAMHS, Recovery Guidelines, 11 SHS, AMHI Campus/Marquardt Bldg, Augusta, ME 04333-0011; or 4) comment below, and we will submit to OAMHS. The CCSM will also gather feedback from the local councils. For information on how to join the webinar-conference call on May 18th, click HERE.
Each domain is available separately by clicking above or by going to the Recovery for ME page on the OAMHS website. You may also request paper copies by calling Jane Malinowski at OAMHS: 287-4243. Meaningful feedback does require thoughtful study–we encourage everyone to dive in and give it their best. The process will move pretty quickly, so let’s “strike while the iron is hot!”
We are beyond happy to announce that two new Outreach Coordinators have joined our staff!! Welcome to Bob Hinds, Region 1, and Wendy Brauer, Region 2. Wendy and Bob completed a two-day orientation and training this week (May 10 & 11), and both will be “shadowing” Vickie and Melissa at local council meetings and events over the next few weeks.
Celebrations all around!
The Office of Adult Mental Health Services has posted a recently-completed Web-Based Training entitled, “Providing Patient-Centered Mental Health Care in the Emergency Department.” An April 1st memo from Chris Robinson and Leticia Huttman describes the training this way: “This Web-Based Training, which runs approximately 1 1/4 hours in length, was developed by OAMHS and based on input from mental health care consumers and providers. It discusses the challenges of providing mental health care in the ED, and suggests specific steps EDs can take to promote a more satisfying experience for patients and ED staff alike.”
To view the training, go to OAMHS website at this link: http://maine.gov/dhhs/mh/mhed. There are opportunities on this site to download the training and access a variety of documents in the Attachments section that may serve as useful resources. Though not ready at this time, OAMHS expects to provide Certificates of Completion and to get approval for professional CEU credit.
If you have any comments or feedback, please feel free to post below.
April 2nd Update:
The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law released its summary of the new Health Care Reform Law (“Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act”) listing the many benefits to people with mental health and substance abuse issues. Bazelon Summary
For more information, visit Bazelon’s webpage on Health Care Reform: http://www.bazelon.org/issues/healthreform/index.htm.
“On March 23, President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law. This moment marks a seismic shift for health care in America, taking our country forward toward joining all the other industrialized nations in providing a national plan to bring affordable health insurance coverage to millions of Americans, including 125,000 uninsured Maine people.”
So begins an open letter from Wendy Wolf, President & CEO of the Maine Health Access Foundation (MeHAF). The letter gives MeHAF’s overall perspective on the law, as well as key points and resources to help understand what the law means. To read the letter and access information and documents linked within it, CLICK HERE. Feel free to comment below. What do you think?
As some already know, the Maine Rights of Recipients of Mental Health Services (RRMHS) is undergoing a revision process. On January 4, 2009, the Office of Adult Mental Health Services (OAMHS) released its draft of the revised document and asked the consumer community to review and comment upon it before proceeding through the steps to finalization.
Helen Bailey of the Disability Rights Center (DRC) gathered consumer feedback and comments through the Advocacy Initiative Network (AIN), Consumer Council System of Maine (CCSM), Maine Association of Peer Support and Recovery Centers (MAPSRC), DRC’s Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI), and DRC staff. Helen compiled all of the comments into a report submitted to Tom Ward, Grievance Coordinator for OAMHS, on March 10, 2010. A representative from each of the groups mentioned above will meet with OAMHS staff on April 6th for a final discussion, before the rulemaking process begins (after which OAMHS may not discuss any of the revisions).
See the documents below for more thorough information:
CSN 5’s Continuity of Care Work Group just sent out a survey asking consumers about how they would like their information shared among the providers from whom they seek services. How to share information in order to receive good coordination of care and still maintain appropriate confidentiality is an important ongoing issue for consumers and providers alike statewide.
If you live in Androscoggin, Franklin, or Oxford Counties and you wish to complete the CSN 5 Survey, click here to download it. If not, please read it to get your thoughts flowing, and share your views and ideas in the comments section below. Thank you!!
(Completed surveys can be returned to the CCSM, and we will pass on to our CSN 5 representative, Grace McDonald, who serves as co-chair of the Continuity of Care Work Group. See Contact Us for address.)
Good news! Several of the proposed cuts to adult mental health services for State Fiscal Year 2011 have been restored.
The CCSM’s two nominees for Maine’s new Mental Health Homicide, Suicide, and Aggravated Assault Review Board (MHHSAARB) were successfully appointed by the Governor’s Office of Boards and Commissions! Holly Dixon and Simonne Maline will fill two of the three seats reserved for nominees of statewide organizations that advocate for the rights of persons with serious and persistent mental illness. Both Holly and Simonne bring experience and expertise to the sensitive and difficult work of this high level board. Holly serves as an elected representative to the Statewide Consumer Council (SCC) and directs the Peer Services program at Riverview Psychiatric Center. Simonne also serves on the SCC, holding the office of vice-chair, and directs Sweetser’s Learning and Recovery Center in Brunswick. Congratulations to Holly and Simonne and celebrations all around for consumers having voices in high places!
Other MHHSAARB nominees are unknown to us at this time, but categories include criminal defense attorney, psychiatrists, law enforcement, commissioners, judge or justice, prosecutor, assistant attorney general, mental health service provider, and victim-witness advocate. The MHHSAARB exists under Title 34-B Section 1931 of Maine Statute and shall review homicides, suicides and aggravated assaults involving a person with severe and persistent mental illness. The board will make recommendations to address prevention of such incidents and will submit reports to the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Health and Human Services.
Is this a good day or what?!