Consumer Council System of Maine (CCSM)

The Consumer Council System of Maine (CCSM) represents fellow consumers with an effective, organized voice in shaping public policy and mental health services.  They believe it is essential to have the participation of all consumers and they look to collaborate with allies to find realistic solutions to local and statewide issues and to advance recovery-oriented, consumer-driven mental health care and peer-run recovery opportunities. The Consumer Council System of Maine (CCSM) is an independent, public instrumentality established by Maine law (Title 34-B, §3611). They are responsible for providing an independent and effective consumer voice into mental health public policy, services, and funding decisions. The CCSM consists entirely of past/present recipients of mental health services (consumer/peers), including all Statewide Consumer Council representatives and paid staff and they welcome and need the participation of all mental health consumers/peers from all over Maine. The Consumer Council System of Maine leads the way as a well-established cornerstone of a recovery-oriented system of mental health care, moving forward with courage and creativity, directed by an informed, diverse grassroots consumer network.

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