Press Release

October 16, 2019

Maine Department of Health and Human Services Opens Office in Calais

AUGUSTA – The Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) opened an office in Calais today, reestablishing a permanent presence in the region.

The office, first announced in June, is located at 338 North Street in Calais.

The Department has signed a 20-year lease for the 3,500 square-foot building. It can house approximately 15 staff, including those with the Office for Family Independence, Office of Aging and Disability Services, Office of Child and Family Services, and the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Services provided include processing of applications and renewals for public assistance programs.

"Maine people across our state should have access to the critical services they need to lead healthy and productive lives,"said Governor Mills. "I am pleased the people of the Calais region will be served by dedicated Department of Health and Human Services staff who are committed to supporting the health and well-being of Maine families."

"Reestablishing this connection with the Calais region will help to ensure better access to essential services that support the health and well-being of Maine people, "said DHHS Commissioner Jeanne Lambrew.

The Department's previous office in Calais closed in October 2016. That office had served an average of approximately 21 clients per day. Eligibility specialists were subsequently made available at a satellite site in Calais one day per week, which the Department increased to two days per week in March.

The new office restores the Department's full-time presence in Calais.

Department employees who transferred to the Machias office following the closure of the former Calais office were given the option to return to Calais. Several did so, and the Department also hired three new employees to staff the office.

Anyone interested in public assistance benefits may visit My Maine Connection for information and to apply online. Information is additionally available by calling 855-797-4357.