Feedback Wanted on New Issue Statements

We want to hear from you!

The CCSM has created first drafts of issue statements regarding ways to help people with a criminal history to obtain employment and another for people who end up in correctional facilities without access to mental health treatment.

To view the issue statement ” Alternative pathways to Employment for People with a Criminal History”, click HERE

To view the issue statement ” People with Mental Health Challenges Ending up in Correctional Settings without Access to Treatment”, click HERE

What are your thoughts on each of the first drafts? Do you have any personal stories to share that relate to this issue statement?

DEADLINE FOR FEEDBACK: November 12, 2019

Please submit feedback/comments and/or personal stories to Vickie McCarty –

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

Issue Statement Process 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.