Community Services Programs

Mental Health Agency Licensing Standards; Social Clubs Standards - Access

SC.1
Each club shall have in effect a transportation plan that assures accessibility to the club.

SC.1.A.
The agency documents and takes steps to implement a transportation plan that is directed toward assuring reasonable accessibility to all services.

SC.2
The social club will have a process of determining sufficient hours of operation which places a priority on the needs of the members.

SC.2.A.
Documentation of the process for determining the hours is available for review.

SC.2.B.
Documentation exists that the needs of the members are reviewed annually.

SC.2.C.
The club documents what alternative solutions are explored if the need for extended
hours requested by the members is limited in any way.

SC.3
The club has documented evidence of membership criteria that minimally includes people with mental illness.

Interpretive Guideline for SC.3
Self report of eligibility is sufficient for membership.

SC.4
Membership will not be denied based on inability to pay dues.

SC.4.A.
No individuals will be refused membership due to inability to pay dues. All substantiated complaints will be assessed for the seriousness of the violation and actions taken to achieve compliance.

SC.5
The social club applies its eligibility criteria equally and consistently to all members.

SC.5.A.
Eligibility criteria will be consistently applied in all instances. All substantiated complaints will be assessed for the seriousness of the violation and actions taken to achieve compliance.

SC.6
There is no discrimination based upon race, color, religion, age, national origin, gender, ancestry, physical or mental handicap, sexual preference, or socio-economic status.

SC.6.A.
There are no substantiated complaints regarding discrimination. All substantiated complaints will be assessed for the seriousness of the violation and actions taken to achieve compliance.

SC.7
The club has a policy and procedure that explains what resources will be used or what efforts will be made to assure that club activities and information are available in the language chosen by the club member or potential club member.

SC.7.A.
There are no substantiated complaints by club members or potential club members citing unavailability of activities or information in their language of preference. All substantiated complaints will be assessed for the seriousness of the violation and actions taken to achieve compliance.

SC.8
The consumer board or governing body shall ensure that each social club is in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Maine Human Rights Act (MHRA).

SC.8.A.
There are no substantiated complaints regarding violation of the ADA, MHRA, or Section 504, including lack of handicapped accessibility. All substantiated complaints will be assessed for the seriousness of the violation and actions taken to achieve compliance.

SC.8.A.1
Social clubs must notify the Division of complaints pursuant to the above cited laws resulting in a reasonable grounds finding by an external regulatory body (MHRC/EEOC).

SC.8.B.
The social club has policies and procedures regarding compliance with the ADA, MHRA and Section 504 including how persons with disabilities may access services.

SC.8.C.
All plans for new buildings or renovation of existing buildings receive approval from the State Fire Marshal's office or designess for compliance with the ADA and Section 504.

SC.8.D.
All existing buildings will receive approval from DHHS's Affirmative Action Officer for compliance with the ADA and Section 504.