SAVE THE DATE – MaineCare Reimbursable Peer Services Focus Forums

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…


Save The Date Peer Services Forums 2018

read more

Maine DOT looking for Feedback for their Long-Range Transportation Plan

MaineDOT is currently drafting a long-range plan, Maine’s Long-Range Transportation Plan 2050, and wants your input!  The success of the transportation system is dependent on the input and feedback of all users of the transportation system, in addition to our stakeholders and partners. 

Please take a few moments to fill out a SURVEY on the long-range transportation plan, and for more information, please visit their Long-Range Plan webpage 

MaineDOT thanks you for your participation and assistance with this effort!

read more

Feedback Wanted on Newest CCSM Issue Statement Concept Draft

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

read more

FACIT Evaluators Needed!

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.

read more

4th Annual Peer Support Specialist Network of Maine’s Statewide Event

DATE: Friday September 28, 2018

TIME:9:00 am -4:30 pm

LOCATION:Augusta Elks Lodge
397 Civic Center Drive
Augusta, ME

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!

To register on Eventbrite, click HERE

For more information, contact:
Mindy Harrison: [email protected]

read more

Maine Dept. of Transportation releases Transportation Survey- Input Needed!

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):

Lori Brann
Transit Program Coordinator
Maine Department of Transportation
Bureau of Planning
State House Station 16
Augusta, ME 04333-0016
[email protected]


read more

New Issue Statement Concept Draft Released- Feedback Wanted!

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 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 be emailed to: [email protected]

or sent through the mail to:
Issue Statement Comments
219 Capitol St. Suite #7
Augusta, Maine 04330

read more