September is National Recovery Month!!!!!!!

Join the CCSM in celebrating recovery month this September!!!!!

What is recovery month, you ask? Well here is a little about it:

Excerpt taken from the Recovery Month Facebook page-


Recovery Month, in its 25 year, is a platform to celebrate people in all forms of recovery and those who serve them. Recovery Month is sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)   ((For more information about SAMHSA, click HERE))

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The Maine Disability Rights Center Needs Your Feedback

The Maine Disability Rights Center (DRC), a collaborating organization of the Consumer Council System of Maine, is looking for your feedback so they can improve services and meet their mission! Below is a letter from Kim Moody, Executive Director of the DRC along with the link to complete the survey. Please note that the survey closes on Labor day, Monday, September 1, 2014:


Dear Friends and Colleagues;

The Disability Rights Center (DRC) is continually seeking both improved services and increased awareness among Maine citizens of what we do and how we might be of service.  We are asking today, for you to fill out  a brief survey about DRC which will help us make decisions about what we do and how we do it! 

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CCSM Creates NAMI Maine Walk Team- Looking for Participants!

The Consumer Council System of Maine is joining NAMI ME at the 2014 l NAMI Walk. The event will be held on Sunday, September 21st, 2014 from 9 AM-12 PM at Southern Maine Community College in South Portland! 

Join our team and help us raise awareness about mental health and support NAMI MAINE! We walk in honor of all our peers and to help us remember the importance of our work to gather feedback and guide, advise and assist the State of Maine to implement recovery-oriented and effective mental health services that work! We use our voices each day to raise awareness and to encourage the inclusion of our peers in creating a mental health system that works for us!

To join our team or make a donation, please visit our team page by clicking HERE

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CCSM Job Opportunity

The CCSM is currently seeking a part time (15 hours) Office Assistant. 

For more information, please visit our job postings site by clicking HERE

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Sharing Voices & Visions: An Invitation to Change the Mental Health Conversation

Dear Friends and Colleagues!

Please mark your calendars to join us for:



The Disability Rights Center, the Consumer Council System of Maine, the Advocacy Initiative Network, The Wrendy Hayne Foundation, the Maine Association of Peer Support and Recovery Centers, and Amistad’s Peer specialist Support Network warmly invite you to beautiful Maple Hill Farm in Hallowell, Maine on Friday, June 27th, 2014 from 12-4 PM for lunch and shared conversation.

Have you ever felt as if yours is the missing voice in deciding which mental health servies help support you in times of distress?

Have you ever wondered what could change if people who experience mental or emotional distress got together to share common experiences and common goals for systemic change and came up with a plan, together, to create that change?

For decades, “consumers”, “clients”, “survivors”, “ex-patients”, “peers”, “recovering persons”, “recipients” of mental health services have joined together in various efforts and in a variety of organizations to change and improve the “help” that is offered to or forced upon us. We know we are powerful when our voices are heard together! We’ve witnessed positive change!

So let’s talk about how we can be involved and effective in the decision making that impacts our lives. How can we ensure “nothing about us without us”? Where do we want to be five years from now? What are the steps to reaching our common goals?

Come join the conversation and add your voice and your vision for the future.

We are offering the space, the food and mileage reimbursement for people with lived experience receiving mental health services to talk and plan with each other.

Please R.S.V.P. by no later than June 20th, to Wendy at the Disability Rights Center, toll-free at 1-800-452-1948 and let us know if you will join the conversation.

With hope and peace;

Kim Moody, Helen Bailey. Cathy Bustin- Disability Rights Center
Simonne Maline-Consumer Council System of Maine
Lydia Richard, Linda Wakely- Advocacy Initiative Network
Don Burns, The Wrendy Hayne Foundation
Alan Hargreaves- Maine Association of Peer Support and Recovery Centers
Ashley DeAngelo, Peter Driscoll- Amistad, Peer Specialist Suport Network
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SCC Meetings now scheduled to meet quarterly!

The SCC has voted to hold SCC meetings on a quarterly basis. This will allow SCC representatives to do more work in CCSM workgroups and conduct business on a quarterly schedule. To view new schedule, please click HERE

The next scheduled SCC meeting will be on April 25, 2014 from

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Please contact the CCSM office if you have any questions.


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