Maine: Health & Disability Programs

Maine Bureau of Rehabilitation Services’ Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired
The goal of vocational rehabilitation services is to help people retain or return to employment.  Services include:  individual counseling and guidance; vocational assessment; orientation and mobility instruction to develop independent travel skills; other training, devices, treatment, job placement and follow-up services to enable success in a job; assistance to students age 14 and older in transitioning from high school to work; the Business Enterprise Program, which provides training and support to manage snack bars, cafeterias and vending machine facilities on state federal and municipal properties; independent living services, which includes adaptive skill training, homemaking and personal management skills training, and mobility instruction;  education services for children that begin as soon as a child is identified as blind or visually impaired; and financial services for any person who is legally blind and in need.
150 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333
Toll-free (800) 698-4440
Maine Bureau of Rehabilitation Services’ Division for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Late Deafened (DDHHLD)
DDHHLD provides:  information, referral, and advocacy; Deaf Identification Cards; Vehicle Placards for Deaf Identification; the handbook “Resources: A Guide to Services for People who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing”; policies and legislation designed to increase and improve services for the deaf; Legal Interpreting Information; a listing of Legal Interpreters; and Vocational Rehabilitation Services for the Deaf through the General VR program. DDHHLD also manages contracts with the Maine Center on Deafness and the Telecommunications Equipment Program that provide a variety of services to Maine’s Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing communities.
150 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333
(207) 623-7958
Toll-free (888) 755-0023
Maine Department of Health and Human Services’ Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Diabetes Prevention and Control Program
The Diabetes Program provides Ambulatory Diabetes Education and Follow-up, the Diabetes Self-Management Training Program, and the Stanford Chronic Disease Self-Management Program and helps worksites statewide to assist employees with information and supports to manage their chronic conditions. This program also partners with Maine CDC’s Cardiovascular Health Program and Partnership for Tobacco Free Maine Program to develop a health communication campaign for people with diabetes who use tobacco about the risks of cardiovascular disease and lower extremity amputations.
286 Water Street
State House Station 11
Augusta, ME 04333
(207) 287-5380
Maine Department of Health and Human Services’ Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Family Health, Children with Special Health Needs Program  
Services include the Birth Defects Program, Cleft Lip andPalate Program, Comprehensive Genetic Services, Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment Program for MaineCare Members under 21, Maine Newborn Hearing Program, Maternal and Infant Mortality Review Panel, Maine Newborn Bloodspot Screening Program, and the Partners in Care Coordination Program.
Key Bank Plaza SHS 11
11 State House Senate
Augusta, ME  04333l
(207) 287-5350
Maine Department of Health and Human Services’ Child and Family Services’ Children’s Behavioral Health Services
Services provided include: information and referrals for children with developmental disabilities/delays (up to age 21), Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD)/autism and mental health disorders. Case Management Services are also provided and consist of intake and assessment for eligibility, an Individual Service Plan (ISP) detailing the strengths and needs of the child, and the services necessary to address these needs.
11 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333
(207) 624-7900
Maine Department of Health and Human Services’ Elder Services
Services include providing a comprehensive listing of hotlines and crisis numbers statewide, adult protective services, Maine Home and Community Care Choices for Maine Elders and Adults with Disabilities, Alzheimer’s Disease care and support, caregiver information and resources, congregate and home-delivered meals, The Aging and Disability Resource Center, adult day services, assisted living facilities, a searchable listing of Assisted Living Facilities in Maine, and a resource directory for elderly Mainers.  Also provided is the Healthy Choices program, which offers four evidence based programs to people age 60 and older:  Living Well/Chronic Disease Self-Management, Matter of Balance/Volunteer Lay Leader, EnhanceFitness, and EnhanceWellness.  The Healthy Choices program also includes the Healthy Ideas program for care providers, which is designed to determine depression in older adults with chronic health conditions and functional limitations.
221 State Street
Augusta, ME 04333
(207) 287-3707
Maine Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Adults with Cognitive and Physical Disability Services’ Developmental Services (DS)
DS provides the following services:  respite care; family support;  payment for professional services such as dental services, eye examinations, and psychological evaluations; transportation; case management; person-centered planning; crisis services; public guardianship; and advocacy.
SHS #11 Marquardt Building 2nd Floor
32 Blossom Lane
Augusta, ME 04333
(207) 287-4242
Maine Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Mental Health Services
Services provided include: coordination of services (case management), crisis intervention, support in the home, job training, on-the-job support, residential services and housing, and in-patient services (for a few days or months) in several community hospitals with specialized treatment units.
State House Station #11
Hospital Street
Marquardt Building, 2nd Floor
Augusta, ME 04333
(207) 287-4243 or (207) 287-4250
Maine Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Substance Abuse
This office is responsible for the planning, development, implementation, regulation, and evaluation of substance abuse services.  Programs include prevention, treatment, and criminal justice programs, as well as Driver Education and Evaluation Programs, designed to lessen the incidence of injury, disability and fatality resulting from alcohol and other drug related motor vehicle crashes, and to reduce the risk of re-offense for Operating Under the Influence.
41 Anthony Avenue
#11 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333
(207) 287-2595
Maine Department of Labor’s Bureau of Rehabilitation Services, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR)
VR develops an individualized plan to meet each person’s vocational need.  VR helps the individual explore different career opportunities by finding out about his or her interests and aptitudes and can provide information about the skills and training needed for certain careers, as well as labor market information to help determine what type of work is available. VR can also locate or develop specific training programs with special accommodations.  VR may buy things needed to find, start, or keep a job. VR can also help with re-training or education needed to get a new job, and sometimes VR can help with payment for some medical or psychological services.
150 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333
Toll-free (800) 698-4440