We Are the Evidence: Evaluation of Peer Programs
Date and Time: Wed, Aug 5, 2015 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EDT
The National Empowerment Center will present a webinar that will stress the importance of good evaluation of peer programs, offer helpful tips, and use peer respites as a case study.
This webinar includes Jean Campbell, who helped establish Consumer-Operated Service Programs (COSPs) as evidence-based practices, Laysha Ostrow of Live and Learn, and Bevin Croft of Human Services Research Institute (HSRI).
To register, go to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/117025788410546690
3rd Annual Empowerment Forum for People with Disabilities
Will be held on 8/13 8:30-3:00 at T& B Celebration Center in Waterville. Speakers include the Commissioner of the United States Rehabilitation Services Administration, Janet LaBreck and the Honorable Governor Paul R. LePage.
The day will include a panel of individuals who have successfully navigated the sometimes difficult system of services and an opportunity for participants to provide input and feedback on those services. The event is free for people with disabilities and includes lunch. To learn more about the event or to register, please visit www.caresinc.org or call Jenn Ardito at 377-7055. Registration is required. Requests for accommodations must be made by 7/27/15. Requests made after that date cannot be guaranteed, however, every effort will be made to honor the request.
The Empowerment Forum is hosted by the Five Council Collaborative, which is made of the following councils: the Statewide Independent Living Council, State Rehabilitation Council for Vocational Rehabilitation, the State Rehabilitation Council for the Division of the Blind & Visually Impaired, the Commission for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing & Late Deafened, and the State Workforce Investment Board’s Commission on Disability & Employment.
The CCSM is seeking your support in urging our Senators and Congressmen not to co-sponsor Rep. Murphy’s bill!
Please see information below about the “Helping Familes in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2015- HR 2646….
From the National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery:
On June 4th, 2015, Representative Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania re-introduced the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, also known as H.R. 2646. The National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery opposes this bill because it includes many harmful provisions that will set back community mental health care and undermine much of what our movement has worked so hard to achieve.
H.R. 2646, will:
· Increase the use of forced treatment and hospitalization at the expense of voluntary, pro-active, community mental health services and supports.
· Divert millions of Medicaid dollars from community services and supports to increase hospitalization.
· Deny mental health block grants to states without involuntary outpatient commitment laws.
· Prescribe the qualifications for certified peer support specialists in law, an unprecedented step that will ossify our discipline.
· Eliminate the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. SAMHSA has promoted and funded major innovations such as peer support, recovery, wellness, trauma-informed care, state consumer and family networks and Alternatives.
· Drastically cut grants that fund critical mental health services, substance abuse prevention and substance abuse treatment across the Nation.
· Eliminate many innovative mental health services grants, put doctors in control of grant review and exclude knowledgeable people with lived experience from grant review and oversight.
· Give Congress unprecedented control over all competitive grant awards.
· Amend HIPAA to erode privacy rights for people with a mental health diagnosis; what is needed instead is better education on how HIPAA works.
· Eliminate all protection and advocacy agency programs that protect our civil rights in housing, employment, education and other areas.
Please tell your member of Congress that you oppose H.R. 2646 (include your most important reason) and ask them not to support this bill.
Click on your state name below to contact your represenatives:
[Alabama], [Alaska], [American Samoa], [Arizona], [Arkansas], [California], [Colorado], [Connecticut], [Delaware], [District of Columbia], [Florida], [Georgia], [Guam], [Hawaii], [Idaho], [Illinois], [Indiana], [Iowa], [Kansas], [Kentucky], [Louisiana], [Maine], [Maryland], [Massachusetts], [Michigan], [Minnesota], [Mississippi], [Missouri], [Montana], [Nebraska], [Nevada], [New Hampshire], [New Jersey], [New Mexico], [New York], [North Carolina], [North Dakota], [Northern Mariana Islands], [Ohio], [Oklahoma], [Oregon], [Pennsylvania], [Puerto Rico], [Rhode Island], [South Carolina], [South Dakota], [Tennessee], [Texas], [Utah], [Vermont], [Virginia], [Virgin Islands], [Washington], [West Virginia], [Wisconsin], [Wyoming]
View a video of a Hearing on the Murphy Bill held on June 16, 2015 titled “Examining HR-2646, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis”
We cordially invite you….
Statewide Consumer Council
Annual Meeting & Awards Ceremony
Activities to include:
· Public Comment for Input on Current Issues/Concerns
· Guest Speaker– Pat LaMarche
· Awards Ceremony
· Ticket Auction
· Lunch Provided for everyone
When: January 23, 2015
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: Elks Lodge
397 Civic Center Drive
$5 for peers/consumers
$50 for providers/general public
The price of your ticket goes to support our annual meeting
and future work of the CCSM
If you need financial assistance to attend, please
call the CCSM office!
Please RSVP before Jan. 8, 2015 by calling the CCSM
office: 430-8300 or 1-877-207-5073
~Mileage reimbursement for consumers/peers~