The ongoing work to improve the child welfare system includes collaborating with the Legislature to pursue law changes that help keep children and families healthy and safe.
Highlights of the Department of Health and Human Services’ Components of 2022-23 Part 2 Biennial Budget (LD 221)
The COVID-19 pandemic has directly affected millions worldwide and over 68,000 people in Maine. But its impact is much larger given its indirect effects on families and public health.
The Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) today published new data on the percentage of health care workers in Maine who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The dashboard serves several purposes.
Ensuring that Maine people with age-related, physical, behavioral, intellectual, and cognitive health needs have access to high-quality care that supports independence is vital to Governor Mills’ vision for improving Maine’s health care system.
From May 11 to Memorial Day on May 31, 5,365 people in Maine who got their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine received one of six incentives to get outdoors, part of Governor Mills’ effort to promote vaccination and healthy activity. This represents 12 percent of 46,271 adults who received a first dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine during this period.
As part of DHHS’ commitment to equity and inclusion in Maine’s COVID-19 vaccination efforts the DHHS Office of Aging and Disability Services (OADS) is supporting drive-up vaccination clinics that prioritize access and provide additional supports for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) – as well as caretakers, family members, and the local community.
Maine CDC’s Public Health Nurses have been instrumental in Maine’s COVID-19 vaccination efforts – getting the vaccine to Mainers in remote communities and leveraging their roles as trusted health care providers to encourage vaccination and combat misinformation.
Supporting Mainers experiencing difficulties managing mental health, substance use, and co-occurring disorders is a core part of the Department of Health and Human Services’ (DHHS) mission, and of Governor Mills’ administration.
On her first day in office, Governor Mills expanded Medicaid and directed Maine DHHS to develop a plan to make MaineCare stronger and sustainable. Today, nearly 78,000 Maine people have access to affordable health care through the expansion, which has been especially vital during the pandemic.
The Mills Administration is committed to supporting Maine families and investing in our state’s future by ensuring quality child care is available, accessible, and affordable to all Maine parents and children. The vital need for child care has become even more evident during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of Child and Family Services (OCFS) has distributed a first round of grant payments totaling more than $3.5 million to 1,067 child care providers who collectively serve over 35,000 Maine children statewide.
The Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announced today that it will establish the Office of Population Health Equity (OPHE) within the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) in order to identify and address health disparities in communities throughout Maine.
The Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office for Family Independence (OFI) announced today that Maine people who participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) can now make online food purchases at Amazon and Walmart using their electronic benefits transfer (EBT) card.
The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) Public Health Nurses (PHNs) are trained to deliver a diverse array of services in Maine communities, from providing direct care and community-based health education, to infectious disease prevention and investigation, and contributing to the development of public health p
Under Maine’s age-based approach to vaccination eligibility, scores of older Mainers most at risk of serious illness and death from COVID-19 are receiving vaccinations. As of March 17, 77 percent of Maine residents age 70 and older and 49 percent of residents age 60 to 69 have received their first dose of vaccine.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently announced that it will no longer defend the prior administration’s implementation of the 2019 public charge rule, which penalized eligible Mainers for using benefits they are entitled to by law.
The Maine DHHS Office of Child and Family Services today announced spending priorities for the additional $30.5 million in federal funds the State of Maine has received to support children, families, and child care providers with affordable child care due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Maine DHHS Office of Child and Family Services announced today that due to increased availability of BinaxNOW COVID-19 rapid antigen tests, distribution of the rapid test kits will be expanded to the 1,726 licensed child care providers that have the capacity to serve 41,792 chi
Maine has five MaineCare-funded Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) waiver programs that provide flexible supports to older adults and individuals with disabilities to assist them in their daily lives and prevent admissions to nursing homes, intermediate care facilities and other institutional settings.