November 16, 2018
Due to the winter weather, the CCSM office is closed today.
Staff will be available by phone: 430-8300 or 1-877-207-5073
The Augusta Local Council Meeting scheduled for November 12, 2018 at 5:30 PM has been re-scheduled due to the holiday.
The new meeting date is November 19, 2018 at 5:30 PM
The Portland Local Council Meeting scheduled for November 6, 2018 at 5 pm has been cancelled!
The next scheduled meeting is on December 4, 2018.
Update: We wanted to let you know that we needed to make time changes to 3 of the events Please use the times on this flyer only!
Feel free to share this email with others and/or send out to your mailing lists. We would like as much attendance as possible as we need your input!
IMPORTANT: Come tell us what you think about Peer Services becoming Medicaid reimbursable and give us feedback that we can pass on to DHHS as they work to implement this…
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
CCSM Issue Subcommittee
Trauma Informed Emergency Departments
Concept Draft 9/5/18
This Issue Statement originated with the Bangor Local Council and is now being sent across the State for more information gathering and recommendations.
Many peers who go into any of Maine’s emergency rooms in need of crisis mental health services often report traumatic experiences when they go there. People go to the emergency room often as a last resort to having no other avenues available to them. Many people say that they leave the emergency department in worse shape than when they went in. Trauma is often experienced through physical interactions with security or medical staff in the form of strip searches, restraints or forced medication etc.
We believe that if both security and medical staff were trained and supported to use evidence-based trauma informed practices, then treatment at the emergency room could be a much more helpful experience for people needing crisis support.
Issue Statement Personal Story Information
One of CCSM’s duties is to provide feedback to state government about local and statewide issues. We have a process that generates what is called an issue statement. This is a document that addresses a specific issue and gives solution-based recommendations on how to improve or make changes within Maine’s mental health system. Within this process, people are given an opportunity to provide feedback on each statement generated.
Recently, the Issues Statement Development Subcommittee agreed that to be more inclusive and for more peer voices to be heard, we realized that it would be helpful to attach “personal stories” to each Issue Statement we do. This will allow for more personalized experiences to be shared in order to better illustrate how an issue affects our community. Each personal story will be left unedited with its original wording.
Given this new opportunity, we hope our community will feel more engaged and empowered by giving voice to important issues.
To submit a personal story, please send to the CCSM either by mail at: 219 Capitol St. Suite 7 Augusta, ME 04330 or email at [email protected]
DEADLINE TO RESPOND: October 5, 2018
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.