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.
Participants, Employees and anyone interested in Peer Recovery Centers are encouraged to attend this day of dialogue to learn together how Intentional Peer Support can be utilized within these programs.
The day will begin with Chris Hansen, Director of Intentional Peer Support.
The program will allow for extended conversations regarding challenges and successes with developing the new programs and how IPS can fit in. Possible conversations include, Boundaries, Confidentiality, Dual Relationships, Personal Wellness, Transitioning to new programming, and much more.
Some of our conversations will be guided by Patricia McKenzie of Kennebec Behavioral Health.
To Register: https://prcdayofdialogue.eventbrite.com
For Questions: [email protected] or 207-215-5389
This day is provided free by the Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services/DHHS. However, lunch and snacks will be on your own. The Civic Center does not allow for outside food to be brought onto the premises.
UPDATE(11/20/17): The CCSM Legislative Subcommittee has finished the first draft of our latest issue statement on the *“Lack of Actionable Response to our Issue Statements from DHHS.”* *We are looking for feedback for the final draft.
To view the draft document, please click HERE
Written comments or questions directly related to this issue statement can be emailed to: [email protected] OR sent through the mail to:
Issue Statement Comments
219 Capitol St. Suite #7 Augusta, Maine 04330
CCSM Issue Statement Concept Draft:
“Lack of Actionable Response to our Issue Statements from DHHS.”
This current Issue Statement goes to the heart of what Issue Statement are supposed to do. The CCSM works hard to research issues and solutions to challenges consumers face in the community every day. The challenge we are now facing is that when DHHS responds it often is a description of what they are already doing to address things or agreeing with us without real engagement with the consumer community to move initiatives forward. Because these are valuable to both the consumer and State, we want to find new ways to use the resource that these Issue Statements are to bring about real action. We also want to look at other ways to get our Issue Statements out to people who can help bring our concerns forward: for example; the Legislature and the Press.
The CCSM Issues Statement Committee would like to hear from you. What are your thoughts on helping to find a solution to this issue? Please respond by attending your local meeting and giving solution oriented feedback, either verbally or in writing. Written comments can also be emailed to: [email protected] OR sent through the mail to:
Issue Statement Comments
219 Capitol St. Suite #7
Augusta, Maine 04330
There is still time to complete the 2017 Stakeholders Survey for the Creation of a Code of Ethics for Certified Intentional Peer Support Specialists in Maine!
I WANT TO PARTICIPATE, HOW DO I?
First, click HERE to read the Code of Ethics Intro Document
Second, click HERE to go to Survey
Submission deadline extended to November 30, 2017
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?
- People who identify as having lived experience with mental health challenges, ex-patients and survivors
- Consumers of peer services
- Peer Support Specialists
- Mental health advocates and activists