About the Maine Office of Behavioral Health

The Office of Behavioral Health (OBH), formerly the Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHS), assists people who are uninsured or have inadequate health insurance coverage to meet their need for mental health and substance use disorder services.

The mission of OBH is to ensure all Mainers with mental health, substance use, and co-occurring disorders are not just managing symptoms but living lives of dignity, hope, and meaning as independently as possible.

OBH supports this mandate by:

  • Promoting wellness, prevention, early intervention, treatment, recovery, and holistic supports;
  • Funding mental health and substance use disorder services, training and technical assistance, housing, and evaluation;  
  • Providing direct service through our Intensive Case Management Program and State Forensic Service; and
  • Working closely with the Governor’s Director of Opioid Response to oversee a wide array of contracted programs and set public policy regarding behavioral health in Maine.

We strive for an evidence-based behavioral health system that recognizes the importance of meeting people where they are, and is trauma informed, inclusive, consumer driven, and proactive. This system aspires to keep Mainers experiencing mental health and substance use challenges supported in the community – and out of jails, prisons, and hospitals.

OBH is a member of the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD), the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD), and the American Public Health Association (APHA).