Community Care Program
The Community Care program helps Mainers connect to health programs, social services, and other resources across the state. This program is for everyone and is designed for people who may experience barriers in accessing resources that they are eligible for.
Fill out our referral form to get connected to a variety of resources, including but not limited to:
- Culturally and linguistically appropriate services
- Resources for mothers, babies, and children
- Assistance navigating the healthcare system
- Health and wellness education
- Options for food, heating, and transportation resources
- Support for stress and anxiety
- COVID-related resources
Please submit one referral per household.
Based on the information provided in the referral form, our staff will connect the community member with an organization who can have an initial discussion about needs and options. Generally, one of our partners will reach out to the client (the person needing the support) in 1-3 days. Please note that each program has its own eligibility requirements, and some resources differ by region.
This program does NOT provide access to emergency resources or services. If you have an urgent medical need or emergency situation, please call your healthcare provider, dial 911, or in the event of mental health emergency please call 988.
This information will only be shared with local partners to address your request; it is not shared with the federal government or immigration. Personal information shared with Maine CDC will be deleted within 90 days or after it is no longer necessary to complete the referral (whichever is longer).
Contact for more information or questions. Our hours of operation are Monday – Friday, 8am-5pm. email@example.com
Community-Based Organization Resources for Lewiston Residents
Please note, this list is not comprehensive and includes organizations who partner with the Maine CDC Office of Population Health Equity (OPHE). List will be updated as needed. Last revised: 10/30/23.
Unless otherwise noted, these services are available during business hours. They are listed in alphabetical order. Maine CDC’s Office of Population Health Equity Community Care Referral Program can connect you with community organizations that provide culturally and linguistically specific resources, including supports for stress and anxiety. Click here to submit a referral.
- AK Collaborative: The Imam of Masjid Salaam Mosque is offering culturally and linguistically tailored emotional support to those in our community deeply affected by the tragedy. If you or someone you know would benefit from this support, please call (207) 344-9153.
- Gateway Community Services, Maine (GCSM): GCSM employs Community Health Outreach Workers and a Wellness Programs Manager to serve the immigrant, refugee, asylee, and asylum-seeking Greater Portland and Lewiston-Auburn communities. Call 207-536-1590 or visit www.gcsmaine.org for more information.
- Maine Access Immigrant Network (MAIN): MAIN accepts referrals from providers for community members in need of supports that will help with their overall wellness. Please use findhelp.org or the Community Care Referral Program to submit a referral.
- Maine Association for New Americans (MANA): MANA coordinates multilingual outreach and intentional peer support for immigrants and their families to facilitate further resilience-building and trauma management. Call (207) 387-0749 or visitwww.mana-maine.org for more information.
- Maine Immigrant and Refugee Services (MEIRS): MEIRS has several behavioral health services designed to support community members and has specific expertise in serving the immigrant population. MEIRS counselors are licensed clinical professionals who are trauma informed and trained to work with people from diverse backgrounds. Behavioral Health Services provided include individual and group counseling for children and adults. Call (207) 782-0260, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visitwww.meirs.org and click the Referrals button at the top left of the webpage.
- New England Arab American Organization (NEAAO) provides youth healing circles for individuals ages 12 and up, resources for parents who want to address community violence with their children, non-clinical counseling, and information about how to tell misinformation from credible information. For more information, please call (207) 347-0249 or contact NEAAO online by visiting https://www.neaao.org/contact.
- New Mainer Public Health Initiative (NMPHI): Based in Lewiston, NMPHI employs Community Health Workers (CHWs) who educate, advocate and empower New Mainers on a variety of health issues and are trained to provide emotional support and psychological first aid. Call (207)241-0546, email email@example.com or visit www.nmphi.org. Services currently offered virtually as needed.
- Spiritual Care Services of Maine (SCS): SCS provides a free, anonymous, and supportive listening presence for people across the state of Maine. SCS Maine provides inclusive spiritual care for people of any faith or tradition or no faith or tradition. At least until Friday, November 10, SCS will have 24/7 hotline availability and calls will be answered by a clinically trained chaplain and if call goes to voicemail, a call back will be made as soon as possible. Call (207) 261-5200 or schedule a call with a chaplain here.