Legislation Passed in 2018
On January 1, 2018 Maine hospitals began implementing a pilot program to identify veterans in need of mental and behavioral health care. The Department of Health and Human Services, in coordination with the Maine Bureau of Veterans’ Services, has entered into contracts with both EasterSeals Maine and Health Affiliates Maine in an effort to ensure a statewide network of case management is established, which will provide coordinated mental health care services to Maine veterans.
The new law provides funding for tuition assistance to Maine National Guard members attending state postsecondary education institutions and private postsecondary education institutions.
The law also funds the Veterans Temporary Assistance Fund, which will provide funding for financial assistance to veterans. $250,000 will be available to help veterans and their families in need of immediate financial assistance across the State of Maine.