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Children's Behavioral Health Services focus on behavioral health treatment and services for children from birth up to their 21st birthday. Services include providing information and assistance with referrals for children and youth with developmental disabilities/delays, intellectual disability, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and mental health disorders.

The Maine Children’s Behavioral Health Services vision document is the product of close collaboration among Department of Health and Human Services leadership, Office of Child and Family Services staff, families, and numerous community and provider stakeholders. Using Public Consulting Group’s analysis and recommendations as a starting point, staff and stakeholders were engaged to solicit feedback and recommendations to improve the system of care for children and families in Maine. Three separate working sessions narrowed 27 recommendations to the 13 prioritized strategies in the vision document.

Maine Children's Behavioral Health Services


All Maine children and their families receive the services and supports they need to live safe, healthy and productive lives in their home, school and community.

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CBHS Vision statement infographic

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The Office of Child and Family Services has engaged with partners, including the Public Consulting Group (PCG), to evaluate and pursue recommendations for improvements within the children's behavioral health system (CBHS). Included in that work was the development of a report addressing internal CBHS operations at the Department.

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Children's Behavioral Health Services
Internal Operations Report

The Mills Administration today released a report completed during the LePage Administration on children's behavioral health. The Department is closely and quickly reviewing this report and its recommendations and will take all appropriate actions. Also, part of this work was a report on children’s behavioral health that reviewed factors external to OCFS operations.

Cover image of Children's Behavioral Health Services Assessment Final Report
Children's Behavioral Health Services
Assessment Final Report

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