July 31, 2008
Mental Health Consumer Forum to Be Held Aug. 7
By MEG HASKELL; OF THE NEWS STAFF
BANGOR- Maine citizens who make use of the state's mental health services are encouraged to attend a public forum to learn about a new opportunity to offer feedback and guidance to mental health services providers, public officials and policymakers.
The establishment of an active consumer advisory council system has been added to the conditions of the settlement of the 1990 class action lawsuit filed on behalf of patients of the Augusta Mental Health Institute, commonly known as the AMHI consent decree. The document continues to influence the development of Maine's community mental health system and the services available to all Maine consumers.
The informational public forum will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, at the Bangor Motor Inn on Hogan Road. Individuals needing transportation or more information may call the Advocacy Initiative Network at 888-375-5969. Those unable to attend the meeting may submit comments by calling the same number on Monday, Aug. 11, during business hours.
The text of the new law can be read in its entirety by going to the BDN Web site, www.bangornews.com
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