This month, an extra amount of Federal food support that was provided during the COVID-19 pandemic will end in Maine and other states. The extra amounts, known as Emergency Maximum Allotments in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), were funded by Congress and the President in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020.
The Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of Aging and Disability Services (OADS) has awarded $4.3 million to 13 organizations in its first round of Home and Community Based Services HCBS Innovation Pilot Grants designed to support projects that promote greater independence and community participation among individuals with disabilities.
Annual Report Shows Direct Support Workforce Stabilizing as Progress Continues on Long-Term Care Initiatives
Maine is making progress in restoring access to a range of long-term support services in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Second Annual Report on Efforts and Progress in Implementing the Recommendations of the Commission to Study Long-term Care Workforce Iss
Today, the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) released a Comprehensive Behavioral Health Plan for Maine (PDF) to improve the continuum of behavioral health services available to Maine people from childhood throughout the lifespan.
The Governor’s biennial budget proposes investing approximately $240 million to strengthen Maine’s education and early care system and provide critical supports to children, youth and their families.
Child care access and integration with early childhood education increased significantly in Maine between 2019 and 2022, according to a new analysis and report by the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC).
As the largest Department in State government that serves one in three Maine residents, the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is committed to removing barriers to services for various populations, improving equitable outcomes, and making working in and with DHHS a positive experience for people of all cultures, races, ethni
CoverME.gov Concludes Second Open Enrollment Period as Maine’s State-Based Health Insurance Marketplace Maintaining Gains in Coverage
The Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of the Health Insurance Marketplace (OHIM) announced today that during the Open Enrollment Period for 2023 coverage, which ran from November 1, 2022, through January 15, 2023, 63,388 Maine people selected affordable health insurance plans at CoverME.gov, Maine’s Health Insurance Marketp
Governor Mills’ Budget Proposal Supports Access and Innovation in Services for Maine People with Intellectual Disabilities
Governor Janet Mills’ biennial budget proposes $84 million to support access and innovation in services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and brain injury.
The Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announced today an unprecedented increase in behavioral health investments to $237 million in federal and state funds to continue MaineCare and related payment improvements as well as make critical investments in the children’s behavioral health system and opioid response.
Governor Janet Mills’ biennial and supplemental budgets propose $169 million for initiatives to expand and improve home-based care, invest in the safety of older residents, and continue to invest in long-term care facilities, including nursing homes. This includes full funding of home-delivered meals to ensure that eligible older adults continue to receive meals as one-time federal funding is depleted.
The Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) today announced additional heating cost relief to help older Mainers with low income pay for high energy costs, complementing Governor Mills’ Emergency Winter Energy Relief Plan.
The Maine Department of Health and Human Services today published a comprehensive compilation of child care providers in the state that received nearly $74 million in COVID-19 Child Care Stabilization Grants, which helped Maine child care providers increase pay for staff and cover costs related to COVID-19.
The Maine Department of Health and Human Services is pleased to share that the Office of MaineCare Services (OMS) was recognized today by the National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD) for its work to transform Maine’s rate-setting system to better support the health of members and sustainability of providers.
As Maine and the nation sort through the results and implications of the election for 2023, the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is looking back at accomplishments over the past four years that will set the stage for further gains during a second term for Governor Janet Mills.
Maine DHHS Launches Help Me Grow Maine to Connect Families to Resources That Help Young Children Thrive
The Maine Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Child and Family Services (OCFS) announced today the launch of Help Me Grow Maine, an initiative to connect Maine families to services and resources that help young children grow up healthy and thriving.
The Higher Opportunities for Pathways to Employment (HOPE) program, offered through the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office for Family Independence (OFI), supports Maine parents in pursuing meaningful careers while helping to address Maine’s workforce needs.
The Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) remains committed to improving operations to better serve and meet the needs of Maine people. A major component of these efforts is leveraging technologies to upgrade outdated systems, transition paper-based processes online, improve customer service, increase transparency, and inform data-driven policies and service delivery.
Maine CDC Maternal and Child Health Program Awarded Competitive $5 Million Federal Grant to Further Efforts to Improve the System of Care for Pregnant People, New Parents, and Infants
The Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) Maternal and Child Health Program has been awarded one of nine highly competitive $5 million State Maternal Health Innovation grants from the U.S.
Federal grants complement state-funded payments for child care workers
The Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announced today that it will distribute $13.6 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds to improve Maine families’ access to safe, affordable, and high-quality child care.