NVC II Training Schedule for May 15-16, 2018

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


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.

Download the flyer here

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Behavioral Healthcare Coalition for Maine Holds Press Conference

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!


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.

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The 2018 HOPE Conference Brochure and Registration Form is now available.

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

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INDIVIDUALS NEEDED TO TESTIFY ON LD 1889- An Act To Increase Safety for Maine Citizens by Amending the Definition of “Likelihood of Serious Harm” in the Laws Governing Mental Health and Hospitalization To Include Consideration of a Person’s Potential for Future Serious Harm
WHEN:  Wednesday, April 4, 2018

TIME:  1:30 PM

LOCATION: StateHouse, Room 438
                Judiciary Committee


Your Voice Needs To Be Heard!!


Do you think that it should be allowed that anyone could be put in a psychiatric hospital based on a likelihood in the FUTURE you might cause risk or harm? A bill at the Maine Legislature was just announced and will be heard tomorrow to talk about this very thing. It makes it much easier for anyone to be forced into a psychiatric hospital whether they agree or need it. Please share this and help us defeat LD 1889 at the Legislature tomorrow! 


The easiest way to help folks think about writing testimony for this bill is to explain what could happen. This bill would widen the doors for someone to put you in a psychiatric hospital against your will. So, as it is now if some clinical person wants to put you in involuntarily they have to meet criteria about serious risk to sell or others. This bill would say that maybe in the future you might pose a risk, thus we think it is wise to put in the hospital now. This is really bad policy and not one you would do in the last few seconds of the legislative season without much or any notice and would have HUGE impacts on the entire peer community. The folks from TAC (Treatment Advocacy Center) and remember DJ Jaffee asked Rep Malaby to put this bill in. This also includes family members and professionals who think more people should be hospitalized even against their will!!! I know this is almost no notice but please come if you can!

If you have any questions, contact the CCSM office at 207-430-8300 or 1-877-207-5073

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Feedback Wanted on Latest CCSM Issue Statement Concept Draft- Rights of Recipients Handbook

CCSM Issue Statement Concept Draft:

Rights of Recipients Handbook

February 2018


 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.

A revision was worked on a decade ago but was never completed and released. A major revision is long overdue. We are asking the State to bring together a stakeholder group of State staff, consumers and legal advocates to finally revise this much needed document to really help the peers that need to access this resource.


 The CCSM Issues Statement Committee would like to hear from you.  What are your thoughts on helping to find a solution to this issue? 


Deadline to submit comments: March 13, 2018


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 Street, Suite 7
Augusta, ME 04330

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Intentional Peer Support in Peer Recovery Centers: A Day of Dialogue December 4th – 9am-4:30pm, Augusta Civic Center

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.

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Feedback Wanted on Latest CCSM Issue Statement Concept Draft!

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.” 

September 2017 

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                           


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Deadline Extended for completing the Certified Intentional Peer Support Code of Ethics Survey

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!


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


  • 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
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