Children's Behavioral Health


  • February 2015
    • 2/6/15: Updates to OCFS Reportable Events Guidelines & Manuals read more
    • 2/10/15: We’ve hit the end of the year-long process of moving reportable events from a paper process to an electronic process. read more...
    • 2/18/15: New CANS in EIS Manual


  • January 2015
    • 1/20/15: Effective immediately, when a Targeted Casemanager becomes certified in one (1) of the CANS assessments in Maine, they will be deemed certified for all five (5) CANS assessments. read more
    • 1/30/15A meeting has been scheduled to begin providing Children’s Targeted Case Management providers Statewide CANS assessment data. click for more details
  • November 2014
  • May 2014
    • Reportable Events (Including Critical Incident) Provider Memo
      Dear MaineCare Provider of children’s behavioral health services:
      In the coming six months, the Office of Child and Family Services will be rolling out electronic reporting of reportable events and critical incidents. This letter explains the types of changes that will be coming and why. read more...
  • January 2014
    • 1/31/14 EIS Access/Removal and Staff Update Form

      If you are a provider of services for children and youth affiliated with the Office of Child and Family Services, you should complete this form for: 

      • Complete this form to request - staff access to EIS to perform data entry responsibilities
        • Complete this form to request - the removal  of access to EIS due to staff resignation or change in data entry responsibilities
        • Complete this from to submit - changes in staff names, agency of employment, office location, phone number, or email
  • December 2013
  • October 2013
    • There will be a delay in the implementation of the CANS. See more details
    • Effective December 1, 2013, APS Healthcare will provide Waitlist Management, Classification, and Prior Authorization (PA) for Section 28. see more details
    • Effective December 1, 2013, APS Healthcare will begin managing the Temporary Residential Treatment Services (ITRT) application process. see more details
    • Crisis Intervention Services Request for Information (RFI)
      The Office of Substance Abuse and Mental health Services (SAMHS) and the Office of Child and Family Services (OCFS) are issuing a Request for Information (RFI) regarding Crisis Intervention Services in Maine
    • CANS October 30th webinar has been cancelled
    • Oct. 16, 2013 New Instructions for Critical Incident Reports see more details
    • CANS training start date November 1st 2013
    • Meeting for OCFS-Contracted Providers of Rehabilitative and Community Support Services for Children with Cognitive Impairments and Functional Limitations (Section 28): See more details
    • CANS Demonstration:  Bangor (10/10/13) and Portland (10/11/13) See more details
  • September 2013
    • OCFS has recognized an unanticipated need for greater guidance and policy making regarding the use of IPF for therapeutic riding. As a result, the addition of therapeutic riding to the list of reimbursable items is suspended at this time.
  • August 2013
    • August 26, 2013 New and approved user friendly HCT Referral Form
    • As of August 15, 2013 Individual Planning Funds will be available. An updated request form and instructions can be found on our website: Please review the instructions prior to submitting requests, to ensure the necessary documentation is included with the funding request.
      Additionally, we now include Equine Assisted Therapy (certified therapeutic horseback riding) as part of Individual Planning Funds at $200.00 per child, per year.
    • August 7,2013
      APS Quarterly Healthcare OCFS Performance Measures Report will be posted on our Performance Measures page. These will be posted on the first Monday of each month for your convenience.
  • July 2013
    • July 12,2013
      The Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHS) and The Office of Child and Family Services OCFS) are issuing a Request For Information (RFI) regarding Peer Supports and Services in Maine.  A copy is posted at  You may also request a copy of the RFI by contacting:
      Jane Malinowski
      41 Anthony Ave
      Augusta, ME 04333-0011
      TTY: 711

  • April 2013
    • The Federal Government has mandated the health care industry to upgrade health care transactions, retail pharmacy transactions, international standard diagnostic classifications of diseases and inpatient procedures to new coding standards by October 1, 2014. For more information MaineCare ICD-10 webpage.
    • A new report has been created to inform residential treatment providers about the ITRT approved and waiting list (word) or residential placement. This report will be updated weekly.
  • March 2013
    • Effective March 26, 2013, the Office of Child and Family Services will no longer be approving any requests from Individual Planning Funds (IPF) through Children's Behavioral Health, as funding is no longer available.

      We will honor any requests previously approved. In the Governor's proposed fiscal year 2014-2015 budget, these funds are scheduled to be available.

  • February 2013
    • February 22, 2013
      • Beginning February 22, 2013, DHHS will transfer responsibility for utilization review of Services for Children with Cognitive Impairments and Functional Limitations (Section 28) to APS Healthcare.  This means that APS will receive proposed treatment plans from agencies, and will review the plans to see if they meet Medicaid requirements.   The Department will still be responsible for receiving referrals for this service, and for determining eligibility as usual.  The OCFS staff who have been overseeing Section 28 will be taking on duties related to contract monitoring and quality improvement for behavioral health services for children.

        You can find more information about APS Healthcare on their website or by calling them at 1-866.521.0027.
  • July, 2012
  • April 05, 2012
    Home and Community Treatment Providers, Section 65, Children's Behavioral Health