State Government and State Agencies

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Maine Government

Governor

Honorable Paul R. LePage
Office of the Governor
#1 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0001
(207) 287-3531
E-mail: governor@maine.gov
Web: www.state.me.us/governor/lepage

State of Maine Website

The State of Maine Official Website is the gateway to all State agencies and services.

Web: www.state.me.us

Use the following link for contact information for the Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Treasurer, and elected officials.

Web: http://www.maine.gov/portal/government/officials.html

Use the following link for contact information for members of the Maine Legislature.

Web: www.maine.gov/legis

United States House of Representatives

Maine Representatives

First District

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (Democrat)
1318 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-6116

Second District

Congressman Michael Michaud (Democrat)
1724 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-6306

For additional information about your representative in the House of Representatives, visit the House Website at: www.house.gov

United States Senate

Maine Senators

Honorable Susan M. Collins (Republican)
172 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
(202) 224-2523
(202) 224-2693 (Fax)
Email: senator@collins.senate.gov
Web: collins.senate.gov

Honorable Angus M. King, Jr. (Independent)
188 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC
(202) 224-5344
Web: www.king.senate.gov

State Agencies

Maine Department of Corrections (DOC)
Division of Juvenile Services

Maine’s Department of Corrections is responsible for the direction and general administrative supervision, guidance and planning of both adult and juvenile correctional facilities and programs within the State.

The Mission of DOC Juvenile Justice is: To promote public safety by ensuring that juveniles under Department of Correction’s jurisdiction are provided with risk-focused intervention, quality treatment, and other services that teach skills and competencies; strengthen pro-social behaviors to reduce the likelihood of re-offending and require accountability to victims and communities.

Web: http://www.state.me.us/corrections/juvenile/index.htm

Maine Department of Education (MDOE)

The Maine Department of Education provides leadership and support to educators and families in preparing all Maine students for success in college, careers and civic life.

Web: www.maine.gov/doe/index.html

Maine Department of Education, Special Services
Child Development Services (CDS)

The Child Development Services (CDS) system is an Intermediate Educational Unit that provides both Early Intervention (birth – two years) and Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE for ages three – five years) under the supervision of the Maine Department of Education. The CDS system ensures the provisions of Special Education Rules – Federal and State Regulations statewide through a contractual or grant relationship between the Department of Education and each regional site.

  • Provides case management and direct instruction for children birth through age five and their families.
  • Conducts ChildFind (the process of identifying children with disabilities) screenings and evaluations for children birth through age five.
  • Identifies eligible children through Part C or Part B and secure local service access for services.
  • Provides Early Intervention and Special Education programming in the following areas:
    • Physical Gross/Fine motor skills
    • Cognitive
    • Communication (Speech and Language)
    • Social/Emotional
    • Adaptive

Web: www.maine.gov/education/speced/cds/

Maine Department of Education
Office of Special Services

The Office of Special Services provides oversight and support for the delivery of early intervention services to eligible children age birth to under age three and their families and of a free, appropriate public education to eligible children age three to twenty with disabilities. (05-071 Chapter 101, Maine unified Special Education Regulation).   The Office of Special Services is also responsible for ensuring fulfillment of the State’s responsibilities under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), (20 United States Code, Section 1400 et seq., as amended).

The Office of Special Services also works to ensure that:

  • the rights of children with disabilities and parents of such children are protected
  • educators and parents have the necessary tools to improve educational results for children with disabilities by supporting systemic-change activities
  • research and personnel preparation are coordinated
  • technical assistance, dissemination, and support are coordinated
  • technology development and media services are supported

Web: www.maine.gov/education/speced

Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)

The purpose of the DHHS is to provide integrated health and human services to the people of Maine to assist individuals in meeting their needs, while respecting the rights and preferences of the individual and family, within available resources. DHHS is responsible for overseeing many of the state’s programs for children, families and adults. This includes the Office of Child and Family Services (OCFS), which serves Maine’s children and their families through the Divisions of Child Welfare, Children’s Behavioral Health, Early Childhood, and Public Service Management. For more information about DHHS and the programs and services they offer, click on the web link below.

Web: www.maine.gov/dhhs/

Maine Department of Health and Human Services
Office of Child and Family Services (OCFS)

The Office of Child and Family Services serves Maine’s children and their families through the Divisions of Child Welfare, Children’s Behavioral Health, Early Childhood, and Public Service Management.

Child Welfare

Child Welfare seeks safety, well-being and permanent homes for children, working with professionalism and respecting the dignity of all families. Child abuse reports are investigated on behalf of Maine communities, working to keep children safe and to guide families in creating safe homes for children.

Children’s Behavioral Health Services (CBHS)

CBHS is the authority in Maine regarding behavioral health treatment and services for children from birth up to their 21st birthday. CBHS provides leadership in the development and oversight of the system of care of these services, ensuring contractual compliance and quality improvement. CBHS provides information and assistance with referrals for children and youth with developmental disabilities/delays, intellectual disability (mental retardation), Autism Spectrum Disorders, and mental health disorders.

Early Childhood

Early Childhood is responsible for child care and Head Start programs, coordination of child care licensing, technical assistance, training and employer incentives.

Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Maine Center for Disease Control (CDC) 

The Children with Special Health Needs Program’s mission is to improve the health and well-being of our population by developing and sustaining community-based systems of care.

The CSHN Program values:

  • Commitment, compassion, creativity, integrity, knowledge and professionalism in providing the best services.
  • Trusting, collaborative partnerships with families that respect their diversity and recognize that they are the constant in a child’s life.
  • Family-centered, coordinated approach designed to promote the healthy development and well-being of children and their families.
  • Medical Homes that support and promote optimal health and family satisfaction.

Web: www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/population-health/cshn/

Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)
Office of MaineCare Services

The Office of MaineCare Services oversees:

  • MaineCare (also known as Medicaid)
  • Maine Rx Plus
  • Drugs for the Elderly and Disabled

MaineCare Services coordinates the programs and benefits, assures that they operate under consistent policy in keeping with the Department’s goals and Federal mandates, and ensures that they are administered effectively and efficiently.

Web: www.maine.gov/dhhs/oms/

Maine Department of Health and Human Services
Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (OSAMHS)

On August 30, 2012, the Office of Substance Abuse and the Office of Adult Mental Health Services were combined to form OSAMHS.

Substance Abuse

The Maine Office of Substance Abuse is the single state administrative authority responsible for the planning, development, implementation, regulation, and evaluation of substance abuse services. The Office provides leadership in substance abuse prevention, intervention, and treatment. Its goal is to enhance the health and safety of Maine citizens through the reduction of the overall impact of substance use, abuse, and dependency.

Whether you are someone seeking services for yourself or a loved one, an employer looking for workplace solutions, a school system looking at your community’s latest student data or a student doing research for a paper, the Maine Office of Substance Abuse hopes you will find their web page useful and informative.

Adult Mental Health Services (AMHS)

SAMHS Adult Mental Health Services (AMHS) is the designated State Public Mental Health Authority for adults. A primary responsibility of the AMHS is to develop and maintain a comprehensive system of mental health services and supports for persons age 18 and older with severe and persistent mental illness.

Web: www.maine.gov/dhhs/samhs/

Maine Department of Labor (DoL)
Bureau of Reha­bil­i­ta­tion Ser­vices (BRS)

The BRS works to bring about full access to employment, independence and community integration for people with disabilities. Working with its partners in the Maine Department of Labor’s CareerCenter and the rehabilitation community, the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services works with persons with disabilities through its three primary service provision units:

Web: www.maine.gov/rehab/

Maine Department of Labor (DoL)
CareerCenter

The Maine CareerCenter provides a variety of employment and training services at no charge for Maine workers and businesses. Whether you are looking to improve your job qualifications, explore a different profession, find a new career or hire an employee, the CareerCenter can help.

Web: www.mainecareercenter.com