Children’s Behavioral Health

Maine’s Children’s’ Behavioral Health Services Vision

OCFS Children's Behavioral Health Services (CBHS) division supports behavioral health treatment and services for children from birth up to their 21st birthday with the aim of ensuring that all Maine families receive the support they need at home, at school, and in the community to live safe, healthy, and productive lives.

CBHS provides information and assistance with referrals for children and youth with developmental disabilities/delays, intellectual disability, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and mental health disorders.

Updates on Children’s Behavioral Health Services System Improvement Efforts

In 2018, the Office of Child and Family Services (OCFS) partnered with Public Consulting Group (PCG) to evaluate and pursue recommendations for improvements to the CBHS system. OCFS and PCG collaborated with leadership from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), OCFS staff, families, providers, and stakeholders to develop two reports on the CBHS system and formulate a group of prioritized strategies meant to improve the CBHS system of care. Over the last two years CBHS staff have collaborated with stakeholders to implement these system improvement efforts.