Due to 2017 changes to peer recovery center contracts, centers are now required to have a FACIT Evaluation completed by a peer evaluator as part of contract reviews. (The FACIT is a tool for evaluation for consumer operated programs.)
The Consumer Council System of Maine was asked, in our statutory role, to facilitate the training of peer evaluators and provide logistical support for site visits by the trained evaluators.
We are currently recruiting 12 consumers/peers who would be willing to get trained and complete the evaluations this fall. Peers will complete site visits to each center, administer the FACIT and score them. The results will be used for contract reviews.
Participants will receive a stipend and mileage reimbursement.
For more information or to apply click HERE
Deadline to apply: September 10, 2018.
DATE: Friday September 28, 2018
TIME:9:00 am -4:30 pm
LOCATION:Augusta Elks Lodge
397 Civic Center Drive
Come spend a day networking with fellow Peer Specialists from across Maine. There will be guest speakers, topic specific round table discussions and lunch!
REGISTRATION FEE: $15 (to offset the cost of lunch)
Scholarship application process will be available for those who may otherwise be unable to attend.
If you register by before August 5th, you will be entered to a drawing for a $25 Hannaford gift card!
For more information, contact:
Mindy Harrison: [email protected]
The Maine Department of Transportation is conducting a survey so they can better determine what the transportation needs are for those who do not have adequate transportation and have to rely on others or public transportation. (They are aware that there is a critical lack of service in regards to public transportation)
Your input in filling out this survey is greatly appreciated.
The survey can be filled out online: Click HERE
Or you can download a printed copy: Click HERE
Printed copies can be emailed or mailed to the person below (you can call and request a self, addressed stamped envelope if you need to mail the survey back):
Transit Program Coordinator
Maine Department of Transportation
Bureau of Planning
State House Station 16
Augusta, ME 04333-0016
IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, PLEASE CALL THE MAINE DEPT. OF TRANSPORTATION CONTACT PERSON.
CCSM Concept Draft – May 17, 2018
Legal Barriers to Peer Workforce Development
As Maine’s peer workforce continues to grow, there have been identified barriers that prevent qualified people from working in State funded services.
All State contracted providers have boiler plate “Riders” that detail obligations that providers must follow. One that is particularly troublesome for the peer community is in regard to people who might have a criminal/legal history that can prevent them from being hired.
What we do know about peers is that often their lived experience includes some of these issues.
What we hope for is that providers could have the flexibility to look at someone’s history on an individual basis and make hiring determinations based on not only the past, but where the person in their recovery is now.
*Below is a definition of the term “contract rider” and an excerpt from the rider that pertains to this concept draft:
A contract rider is an attachment to a contract. It can be a schedule, an amendment or any other writing that may modify the original contract. Riders allow contract drafters to avoid rewriting an entire contract.
This is an excerpt from Rider D which is written into every provider of mental health/substance use services contract:
“… 24) Background Checks. The Provider agrees to conduct background checks on all employees, temporary staff persons, persons contracted or hired, consultants, volunteers, students, and other persons who may provide services under this Agreement. The results of each background check shall be made available to the Program Administrator within five (5) days of completion and prior to the person providing services under this agreement. The cost of performing each background check shall be the responsibility of the Provider. The methods of performing the background checks must first be approved by the Department in writing and will include information from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, the Sex Offender Registry, and the Maine State Bureau of Investigation. … If services to be provided under this agreement are to be performed by a person who is professionally licensed then the background check will include information from the appropriate licensing board or entity regarding the status of the person’s license. The Provider must receive written permission from the Department before making any changes to such methods.
The Provider shall not hire or retain in any capacity any person who may directly provide services to a client under this Agreement if that person has a record of:
a) any criminal conviction that involves client abuse, neglect or exploitation;
b) any criminal conviction, classified as Class A, B or C or the equivalent of any of these, or any reckless conduct that caused, threatened, solicited or created the substantial risk of bodily injury to another person within the preceding two years; or
c) any criminal conviction resulting from a sexual act, contact, touching or solicitation in connection to any victim.”
The Behavioral Health Coalition for Maine (BHC4Me) held a press conference on April 10, 2018 regarding a package of mental health & substance use bills supported by coalition members that are sitting in Appropriations waiting to be funded!
THE TIME TO ACT IS NOW!! WE NEED TO FUND!!!!
To view the press conference video click HERE.
Read Press Release: Click HERE
View Mental Health Priorities List: Click HERE
*The mission of the Maine Behavioral Health Coalition is one of advocacy and education, fostering and protecting beneficial policies while opposing harmful ones in the areas of mental health and substance use. The Coalition will work collaboratively with legislators, service providers, consumers, and advocates to increase communication and information sharing in order to have a collective voice in influencing behavioral health policies throughout the state of Maine.
Would you like to enhance your Non-Violent Communication (NVC) Skills? Have you taken NVC- Level 1?
Apply Now for the NVC-Level 2 Training
The CCSM has 13 spots available! But you must apply! Don’t delay-fill out your application now!
To download an application, click HERE
APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 30, 2018
This is a collaborative training with Maine Association of Peer Support and Recovery Centers, The Consumer Council System of Maine, and the Peer Support Specialist Network of Maine.
This years’ theme is “Our Roots, Our Community: Coming Together for Social Change”
The 2018 HOPE Conference reinforces the power of community organizing in bringing about social justice. Internationally recognized keynotes will address the need for change and the significance of support and advocacy. Social justice, consumer movement history, personal and systemic advocacy, leadership skill building, community engagement, relationships for change and creative expression will be the focus of the workshops.
Register today! Early Bird Registration (before 5/23/18): $15 and (after 5/23/18): $20
To view or download a copy of the brochure and register, please click HERE
The Rights of Recipients Handbook is a document that is no longer relevant or effective. It has not been updated for possibly a decade and a half.