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September 25, 2014 Riverview Remains Fully Accredited By National, Independent Agency Riverview Psychiatric Center Acting Superintendent Jay Harper received notification today that a nationally recognized accrediting agency continues to endorse RPC as a fully accredited hospital.
September 23, 2014 Event Recognizes Those Who Have Made a Difference in Suicide Prevention At this event, representatives of law enforcement and courts will be recognized for their suicide prevention efforts and services and presented with the Caring About Lives Award.
September 4, 2014 Additional Mosquito Pools Test Positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis
September 1, 2014 September 28th Dedicated to Worldwide Rabies Prevention Awareness Sunday, September 28, is World Rabies Day, and the State of Maine reminds Mainers about ways to protect themselves and their pets from rabies infection.
July 23, 2014 Maine Enforces Work Requirements for Able-Bodied Food Supplement Recipients The Maine Department of Health and Human Services announced today it will require that most able-bodied recipients work, provide volunteer services or be involved in a specialized work training program in order to receive Food Supplement benefits.
June 30, 2014 Photo EBT Moves to Statewide Implementation After a successful pilot project in the Bangor Office, the Maine Department of Health and Human services will begin producing Electronic Benefits Transaction (EBT) cards with photographs statewide, beginning July 1.
June 12, 2014 Management of Maine's Medicaid Program Directly Impacts State's Favorable Bond Ratings While the cost in taxpayer-funded health care and overall healthcare across the nation continues to rise significantly, initiatives at the Maine Department of Health and Human Services are reducing costs and improving health in MaineCare, the State’s Medicaid program.
June 11, 2014 DHHS Moving Forward to Enforce Removal of Illegal Immigrants from Welfare Program The Maine Department of Health and Human Services continues to move forward to enforce elimination of State government support for undocumented, illegal immigrants in the General Assistance program.
May 21, 2014 Maine DHHS Applauds Foster Care Workforce, Staff and Families
May 14, 2014 Child Care Licensing Adding 16 Additional Investigators
May 6, 2014 Maine CDC Celebrates Investments in Safe, Affordable Drinking Water Federal, state, and local officials gathered at City Hall in Gardiner on Monday to celebrate the latest project funded through Maine’s Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) to improve the delivery and reliability of safe drinking water to a Maine community.
May 2, 2014 DHHS Seeks Public Comment on Plan To Serve People with Developmental Disabilities
May 2, 2014 Gardiner Drinking Water Improvement Project Pushes Funding Past $200 Million Mark
May 2, 2014 Parents More Aware of Teen Alcohol Use A recently completed statewide survey by the Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHS) reveals that Maine parents are more aware of teen alcohol use.
April 24, 2014 State Announces Selection of New Non-Emergency Transportation Brokers The Maine Department of Health and Human Services announced today that it has chosen three providers to broker non-emergency transportation for MaineCare members in six of the State’s eight Regions.
April 18, 2014 DHHS to Begin Putting Photos on Maine EBT Cards
March 18, 2014 Maine CDC Stresses Screening Importance During National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention/Maine Department of Health and Human Services (Maine CDC) recognizes March as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and encourages Mainers to talk with a health care provider about when and how to be tested for colorectal cancer.
March 12, 2014 Acting Superintendent Named At Riverview Psychiatric Center Maine Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew announced today that Robert “Jay” Harper, a veteran leader in State government with many levels of experience in mental health services, has been named Acting Superintendent at Riverview Psychiatric Center.
March 4, 2014 Statewide Conference Moves Beyond the Basics of Suicide Prevention
March 3, 2014 Analyst Ignores Data That Shows Medicaid Expansion Will Be Costly Data from an analysis of actual Medicaid expenses was submitted, then ignored, when a financial analysis of the most recent Medicaid expansion bill was presented Thursday in the Legislature.
February 24, 2014 Riverview Psychiatric Center Earns Joint Commission Accreditation Riverview Psychiatric Center (RPC) was notified last week that it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval or accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in hospitals.
February 14, 2014 State Agencies, Maine Casinos Expand Services for Problem Gambling The Maine Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services and the Maine Gambling Control Board have joined together with Hollywood Casino and Oxford Casino to help individuals who think they may have a problem with casino gambling.
February 7, 2014 Maine CDC Joins National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention joins the nation today, February 7, in observance of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.
January 28, 2014 Maine CDC Recognizes Efforts to Ward Off Infectious Disease The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention recently recognized four organizations by presenting them with the Pump Handle Award for their contributions to help reduce the impact of infectious diseases in Maine.
January 24, 2014 Maine CDC Issues Cold Weather Advisory
January 13, 2014 Cancer Screening Highlighted During National Cervical Cancer Awareness Month The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention/Maine Department of Health and Human Services (Maine CDC) recognizes January as Cervical Cancer Awareness Month.
January 10, 2014 Medicaid Expansion Could Cost Maine $807 Million or More
January 10, 2014 State Will Not Renew Contracts with Transportation Broker The Office of MaineCare Services has informed Coordinated Transportation Solutions (CTS) that it will not continue its contracts for the brokering of non-emergency transportation services when they expire on June 30.
January 3, 2014 Maine CDC Cold Weather Advisory
December 12, 2013 Statement Regarding Non-Emergency Transportation Maine Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew has issued the following statement regarding Non-Emergency Transportation:
December 12, 2013 Statement Regarding the Alexander Group Project Maine Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew has issued the following statement regarding the Department’s contract with the Alexander Group:
December 5, 2013 DHHS Commissioner Speaks About Welfare Reform at Portland Chamber Event Maine Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner shared the Administration’s vision of a Department that is accountable, effective and focuses on moving people to improved health, employment and self-sufficiency on Wednesday at the Portland Chamber’s Eggs and Issues forum at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland.
November 19, 2013 Maine Partners with Former Health and Human Services Leader for Medicaid and Program Integrity Improvements The former head of public welfare departments in Pennsylvania and Rhode Island will be working with officials in Maine over the next year to assist in Medicaid program improvements and to bolster existing efforts in program integrity.
October 7, 2013 Maine CDC Investigates Hepatitis A Case at Small Community Event The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) is investigating a case of hepatitis A virus (HAV) infection that has been traced to a community event in Durham.
October 3, 2013 State Will Appeal Federal Decision to Terminate Funding To State Psychiatric Hospital
October 1, 2013 Maine CDC Reminds Women of the Importance of Mammograms As October marks National Breast Cancer Awareness month, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reminds women that regular screening mammograms are critical in diagnosing and beginning treatment of the disease.
September 24, 2013 Food Supplement Impacted as Stimulus Package Expires The expiration of the federal stimulus package, which temporarily increased funding to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), will reduce the monthly benefit provided through the Food Supplement program to all recipients beginning November 1.
September 16, 2013 Thirteen Additional Mosquito Pools Test Positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis
September 11, 2013 Horse in Oxford County Tests Positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE)
September 10, 2013 Mainers Urged to Take Steps to Avoid Rabies Saturday, September 28 is World Rabies Day, and this month events are planned across the state to remind Mainers about ways to protect themselves and their pets from rabies infection.
September 6, 2013 Maine Continues Effort to Prevent Fetal Alcohol Disorder When a pregnant woman drinks alcohol, so does her unborn child. As a result, nearly 40,000 children are born each year with a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) across the nation, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. SAMHS has been working since 2011 to develop and carry out a strategic plan to prevent FASD and drug exposure to infants.
August 20, 2013 Second Mosquito Pool Test Positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed the presence of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in a mosquito pool from the town of York in York County.
July 2, 2013 Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center is now Tobacco-Free Beginning today, Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center (DDPC) is a tobacco-free campus.
June 19, 2013 Long-Term Sustainability in Medicaid Begins with Addressing Current Challenges. As Legislators ready to vote to uphold or override the Governor’s veto on Medicaid expansion, Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew reminded Mainers Tuesday that fixing the current MaineCare program is critical to the long-term sustainability of the program.
June 18, 2013 Take Appropriate Precautions When Visiting Beaches, Lakes and Pools This Summer Swimmers, boaters and pool owners must do all they can to reduce the risk of accidents that may have tragic consequences.”
May 29, 2013 Forums Scheduled To Discuss Healthcare Transformation Grant
May 24, 2013 Maine CDC Offers Tips to Avoid Carbon Monoxide Poisoning As Mainers head to camps, pull out their grills, and put boats in the water for the first time this season, health officials of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (MeCDC) have issued an advisory to raise awareness of the effects of carbon monoxide poisoning and how best to prevent it.
May 21, 2013 Asthma can be controlled - Tips offered during asthma awareness month Tips Offered During Asthma Awareness Month
May 16, 2013 May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) is proud to join Governor Paul LePage who has officially proclaimed May as Lyme Disease Awareness Month.
May 8, 2013 Dorothea Dix Award Presented To Former Medical Director
March 26, 2013 State Releases Findings in Medical Marijuana Cultivation Investigation The use of pesticides in the growing of medical marijuana, the lack of proper security and the production and sale of an illegal form of marijuana were among more than 20 violations of state rules governing medical marijuana that were uncovered during a month-long investigation of the Wellness Connection of Maine.
March 20, 2013 Maine Requests More Flexibility, Funding to Consider Medicaid Expansion Maine Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew has informed federal officials of the state’s need for more flexibility and guaranteed federal funding if Maine is to participate in the expansion of its Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
March 4, 2013 Maine CDC Stresses Screening Importance During National Colorectal Awareness Month The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention/Maine Department of Health and Human Services (Maine CDC) recognizes March as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and encourages Mainers to talk with a health care provider about when and how to be tested for colorectal cancer.
February 28, 2013 Maine’s First Conference on Problem Gambling To Be Held During National Awareness Week The Maine Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHS) will host the state’s first conference on problem gambling on Thursday, March 7, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 74 Drummond Avenue in Waterville.
February 22, 2013 Maine Is One of Six States to Receive Major Healthcare Innovation Award
January 8, 2013 Fed Approve Maine's Plans to Reduce Some Medicaid Benefits Maine Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew learned today that some of the legislatively approved reductions to the Medicaid program have received Federal approval.
December 20, 2012 Wintertime Carbon Monoxide Poisonings Prompt Health and Safety Warning Health officials tracking the seasonal increase in carbon monoxide poisonings in Maine are urging Mainers to heat their homes safely this winter and to be extremely cautious while working on engines in garages.
December 19, 2012 Maine CDC Recognizes Efforts To Ward Off Infectious Disease The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention recently recognized two organizations and two individuals by presenting them with the Pump Handle Award for their contributions to help reduce the impact of infectious diseases in Maine.
December 18, 2012 Flu Vaccine Remains Available As Disease Continues To Rise
November 9, 2012 Flu Season Arrives Influenza has officially arrived in Maine. The first positive influenza A cases were detected by Affiliated Laboratory Inc. early last week.
October 31, 2012 Maine Identifies First Case of West Nile Virus In Human
October 29, 2012 If the Power Goes Out, Generators Go Outside
October 24, 2012 Maine Celebrates National Food Day Maine Governor Paul R. LePage, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) and the Department of Agriculture Conservation and Forestry invite Maine people to celebrate the nation’s second national Food Day on October 24.
October 17, 2012 Feds Award Maine $2.6 Million to Reduce Underage Drinking, Prescription Drug Abuse and Marijuana Use Maine’s Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHS) announced today that it was awarded a $2.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
October 4, 2012 Maine CDC Recognizes National Disease Intervention Specialists Today, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC), in conjunction with the National Coalition of Sexually Transmitted Disease Directors (NCSD), will be participating in the first National Disease Intervention Specialists Recognition Day.
October 1, 2012 Maine CDC Urges Mammograms There are several steps women can take to lower the risk of breast cancer and the LePage administration encourages Maine women to take preventative measures.
September 27, 2012 Maine Will Appeal Federal Decision Regarding Food Supplement Benefit Repayment Maine Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew said Tuesday that the State will appeal the recent decision by the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) that shifts the responsibility of $4.8 million of overpayment to Food Supplement recipients from recipients to the State of Maine.
September 26, 2012 Maine CDC Marks World Rabies Day with Key Rabies Prevention Messages for Mainers Friday, September 28th is World Rabies Day, and the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) reminds Mainers about ways to protect themselves and their pets from rabies infection.
September 10, 2012 Salmon Falls Watershed Collaborative Honored with National U.S. Water Prize The Salmon Falls Watershed Collaborative, an ambitious inter-state effort to protect drinking water supplies for more than 47,000 residents in Maine and New Hampshire, has been named a 2012 U.S. Water Prize award winner by The Clean Water America Alliance.
September 7, 2012 As Summer Winds Down, New England Still at Risk for Viruses Carried by Mosquitoes The New England State Health Officers want to alert the region to the increased risk for West Nile virus infection and eastern equine encephalitis despite the end of much summer activity.
August 29, 2012 Responsible Gaming Campaign Launched with Assistance of Many Partners
August 23, 2012 Second Mosquito Pool Tests Positive for West Nile Virus
August 1, 2012 Maine Files State Plan Amendment To Implement Medicaid Reductions Enacted by Maine Legislature
July 31, 2012 Use Good Judgment for Good Health When Attending Maine Agricultural Fairs
July 23, 2012 DHHS Ends State Fiscal Year 12 Without Significant Shortfall in Medicaid Program Maine Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew informed the Legislature on Friday that the projected $12.5 million shortfall was all but eliminated in the final five weeks of State Fiscal Year 2012.
July 19, 2012 Commissioner's Statement Regarding Release of Confidential Information
June 29, 2012 Directors, Youth Unite, Create Siblings Bill of Rights The New England Youth Coalition (NEYC), representing youth in foster care has joined with the New England Association of Child Welfare Commissioners and Directors (NEACWCD) to create a regional Siblings Bill of Rights. Maine held its Bill Signing on June 19 at the University of Maine during its annual conference for teens in foster care.
June 26, 2012 Maine CDC Encourages Testing for HIV In recognition of National HIV Testing Day on June 27, the Maine Center for Disease Control’s HIV, STD, & Viral Hepatitis Program encourages Maine residents to get tested for HIV, (human immunodeficiency virus) the virus that causes AIDS.
June 26, 2012 Winners of Lyme Disease Awareness Contests Announced by Maine CDC Maine CDC is pleased to announce the winners of our 2012 Lyme Disease Awareness Month contests.
June 20, 2012 The First of Summer’s Heat Prompts Heat Health Advisory
June 5, 2012 Maine CDC Offers Tips to Avoid Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
May 24, 2012 May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month
May 8, 2012 Maine Physician Chosen as Childhood Immunization Champion The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced this week that Dr. Lawrence Losey, a board-certified pediatrician at Parkview Adventist Medical Center in Brunswick, has been recognized as Maine’s Childhood Immunization Champion. Dr. Losey was nominated by the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention and is the first Mainer to earn this distinction.
April 4, 2012 Maine CDC Urges Monitoring of Sodium Intake
Less than a 10 percent reduction could produce life-saving results
March 22, 2012 DHHS Announces Director of Licensing and Regulatory Services Kenneth (Ken) Albert III recently joined the Maine Department of Health and Human Services as the Director of the Division of Licensing and Regulatory Services.
March 22, 2012 World TB Day Stresses Elimination of the Disease is in Reach
March 14, 2012 DHHS Restructuring Plan Announced
March 9, 2012 Maine CDC Joins Promotion of HIV / AIDS Awareness
March 8, 2012 New Group Promotes Responsible Gambling, Launches Addiction Awareness Campaign `
February 3, 2012 Warmer Weather May Be Cause of Increase in Rabid Animals
January 26, 2012 Cancer Screening Highlighted During National Cervical Cancer Awareness Month
January 17, 2012 Discounted Training Offered To Support Radon Testing
January 6, 2012 National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Application Now Open Today the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Loan Repayment Program (LRP) opens its 2012 application cycle! The application cycle will be open until May 2012, however providers are strongly encouraged to apply early.
December 19, 2011 Maine’s Medicaid Claims Processing System Receives Full Federal Certification
November 30, 2011 Maine CDC Recognizes Efforts to Ward off Infectious Disease
November 16, 2011 Big Increases in Carbon Monoxide Detector Use Credited to Landlords and State Law
November 7, 2011 DHHS Anticipates Significant Budget Shortfall
October 21, 2011 State Offers Free Household Lead Test For Families of Young Children
October 14, 2011 Influenza on the Horizon, Vaccine Readily Available
September 26, 2011 Cahill-Low Appointed Director of Office of Child and Family Services
September 26, 2011 Fraud Hotline Updated; New Online Reporting Option Available
August 31, 2011 Power Outages Could Lead To Foodborne Illness
August 30, 2011 After Irene, Carbon Monoxide Poisonings Prompt Generator Safety Warning The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention has received reports of carbon monoxide poisonings from generators being improperly run in garages in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene. With several thousands of Maine households still without power, health officials are re-issuing safety warnings for people using gas-powered generators as alternate power supplies.
August 24, 2011 Oral Rabies Vaccine Targets Aroostook County Wildlife Services, a program within the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, will distribute oral rabies vaccine baits beginning on or about August 31 through September 3 in northeastern Maine. The distribution is part of ongoing cooperative rabies control efforts aimed at reducing raccoon rabies and is the ninth annual distribution of this vaccine.
July 22, 2011 Potential Exposure to Measles in Southern Maine The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) has been notified of the potential for measles exposure in Southern Maine.
July 20, 2011 Flanigan Joins MaineCare Services As Medical Director Maine Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew announced today that Kevin S. Flanigan M.D. has recently joined MaineCare Services as its Medical Director.
July 20, 2011 Maine CDC Issues Advisory As Nation's Heat Wave Approaches Parts of Maine will experience unusually hot weather over the next two days. Heat and humidity will be highest on Thursday and persist through Friday in the southern and southwestern parts of the state, especially in York, Cumberland, and Oxford Counties. Nighttime temperatures will also be higher than usual.
June 29, 2011 Maine CDC Announces Lyme Disease Poster Winners
June 20, 2011 Nadeau Appointed Director Of MaineCare Services
May 25, 2011 Take Care to Avoid Carbon Monoxide Poisoning When Opening Camps As summer approaches and Mainers start opening up their camps for the season, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention warns of the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning.
May 6, 2011 Maine Outperforms Nation on CDC's Children's Food Environment Report A report released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this last week shows that Maine is a leader when it comes to improving access to healthy foods for its children — one piece of the puzzle in fighting childhood obesity — but that there is still more work to be done.
May 2, 2011 Recognize Stroke symptoms, Act Quickly Says Maine CDC Health Program The Maine CDC/DHHS Cardiovascular Health Program is working with the Maine Affiliate of the American Stroke Association and other statewide partners to help more Maine people recognize the symptoms of stroke and the importance of calling 911 at the first sign of these symptoms.
May 2, 2011 May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT: Stephen Sears, State Epidemiologist MD, MPH 207-287-5183
March 31, 2011 Cape Elizabeth Physician Selected to Lead Maine CDC Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew announced today that Sheila Pinette, D.O. has been chosen to lead the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. She will assume the role of Director on May 1.
March 30, 2011 DHHS Selects Finance Chief
March 24, 2011 Maine Recognizes World TB Day World TB Day is observed on March 24 each year to commemorate the day in 1882 when Robert Koch announced the discovery of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacterium that causes tuberculosis (TB).
March 9, 2011 Duddy Joins DHHS Leadership Team
March 1, 2011 DHHS Adds Two To Leadership Team
January 28, 2011 State Psychiatric Hospital Earns National Accreditation Riverview Psychiatric Center (RPC) has recently earned accreditation by The Joint Commission (TJC), an independent non-profit organization that certifies and accredits hospitals and healthcare centers across the country.
January 4, 2011 Regular Cancer Screenings A Good New Year’s Resolution
December 6, 2010 National Influenza Vaccination Week: December 6-10, 2010 This week marks the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Influenza Vaccination Week, and the Maine Center for Disease Control (Maine CDC) urges all Mainers to get vaccinated.
November 19, 2010 Week Raises Awareness of Antibiotic Resistance This week marks the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s third annual Get Smart About Antibiotics Week. The goal is to raise awareness of antibiotic resistance and the importance of appropriate antibiotic use.
November 9, 2010 Influenza Arrives in Maine The first laboratory case of influenza was confirmed by the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention this week.
November 9, 2010 Severe Weather Prompts Reminder of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning As the recent bout of stormy weather moves through Maine, leaving thousands without power, officials at the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Me-CDC) are reminding Mainers to protect themselves from carbon monoxide poisoning.
October 27, 2010 Research Institute Seeks Ticks for Tracking Lyme disease Maine Medical Center Research Institute (MMCRI), in partnership with the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC), is expanding its efforts in northern and western Maine to track the spread of the ticks that may carry Lyme disease.
October 26, 2010 DHHS Launches Data Dashboard
October 25, 2010 National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week Campaign Targets Prevention of Childhood Lead Poisoning National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week is October 24-30. Here in Maine, public health officials are marking the week by focusing attention on a new statewide campaign to help prevent childhood lead poisoning from home improvement projects.
October 1, 2010 Food Supplement Recipients Should See No Change in Benefits
September 21, 2010 Maine CDC Awarded $8.8 Million Over Five Years to Improve Public Health System Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the Department of Health and Human Services has received an award of $1.76 million per year for five years from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for improvements to Maine’s public health system.
September 21, 2010 Acquired Brain Injury the Topic for Upcoming Public Meetings Public hearings have been scheduled for September 25 and October 2 to learn more about the unmet needs of people with brain injuries in Maine.
September 13, 2010 Maine Suicide Prevention Awareness Day Governor John Baldacci has proclaimed September 14thas Maine Suicide Prevention Awareness Day.
September 7, 2010 Injury Prevention the Focus of Statewide Conference The Maine Injury Prevention Program will host Injury Prevention for All Ages: Choosing the Right Tools to Build Your Safety Program, a statewide educational conference on Wednesday, September 15, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Morgan Hill Event Center, in Hermon.
September 7, 2010 Study Shows Parents Underestimate Teen Use and Abuse of Alcohol A newly released survey shows that many Maine parents of high school students appear to underestimate their teen’s alcohol use of alcohol, including the amount they drink.
September 1, 2010 Maine Receives Underage Drinking Laws Enforcement Grant The Office of Substance Abuse, Department of Health and Human Services, was recently received a $799,545 that targets enforcement of underage drinking laws.
August 26, 2010 Law Enforcement Agencies Statewide Awarded Grants to Enforce Underage Drinking Laws
August 24, 2010 State Announces More Than $300,000 in Contracts To Prevent Lead Poisoning
August 23, 2010 Applications Period Closed for Medical Marijuana Dispensaries The Division of Licensing and Regulatory Services (DLRS) in the Department of Health and Human Services announced today that it received 19 applications from non-profit corporations to become dispensaries under Maine’s Medical Use of Marijuana Act.
August 20, 2010 USDA Distributes Oral Rabies Vaccine in Aroostook County, Maine
August 17, 2010 Former DHHS commissioner returns to Maine to present award check to food supplement program
July 12, 2010 New Vital Records Law In Effect Monday
July 9, 2010 Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (Red Tide) Reminder
July 9, 2010 Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Selected in Six of Eight Districts
July 5, 2010 Maine CDC Urges Caution In Heat
July 1, 2010 Lyme Disease Awareness Poster Contest Winners Announced Last month, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention in the Maine Department of Health and Human Services held its first poster contest during Lyme Disease Awareness Month.
June 25, 2010 Applications Period Closed For Medical Marijuana Dispensaries
June 21, 2010 3rd group of Refugee Leaders graduate from Leadership program The Maine Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Multicultural Affairs is proud to announce that the third group of Refugee Leaders will successfully graduate from the Refugee Leaders Capacity Building program on Wednesday June 23, 2010.
June 17, 2010 Abernethy Named Superintendent At Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center Acting Superintendent Linda Abernethy, RN, MSN, CPHQ, a veteran nurse administrator, was recently appointed Superintendent of Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center (DDPC).
May 27, 2010 As Many Open Summer Camps, Maine CDC Issues Carbon Monoxide Advisory As Mainers take to the lakes, mountains and woods to open camps for the summer season, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services warns of the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning.
May 25, 2010 MeCDC Supports Efforts To Prevent Illness in Recreational Waters Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) is proud to support National Recreational Water Illness (RWI) Prevention Week, May 24-30, to promote awareness of RWIs among Maine residents.
May 6, 2010 Symptom Recognition the Focus Of National Stroke Awareness Month To help increase the number of stroke patients who receive immediate treatment, the Maine Center for Disease Control (Maine CDC) within the Department of Health and Human Services is working with statewide partners to promote recognition of symptoms and how to take action.
May 5, 2010 Applications Being Accepted For Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Rules Governing Program Adopted, Applications Accepted Until June 25
May 5, 2010 May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) is proud to support the official declaration of May as Lyme Disease Awareness Month, said Dr. Dora Anne Mills, Director of the Maine CDC.
May 3, 2010 Maine CDC Praises Partners for Providing Clean, Safe Water May 2-8 is National Drinking Water Week. From a drinking fountain at a roadside rest area to a large city water system, more than 750,000 Maine residents and countless other visitors are served by more than 1,900 public drinking water systems statewide.
April 23, 2010 Health Impacts of Sexually Transmitted Diseases - April is STD Awareness Month April is Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) Awareness Month, and Maine CDC in the Maine Department of Health and Human Services continues to use this month as an opportunity to educate people and health care providers about the importance of screening for STDs.
April 12, 2010 Maine Public Health Nursing Granted Accreditation by National Program The Maine Public Health Nursing Program, within the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) in the Department of Health and Human Services has been granted initial accreditation for quality home and community care by the Community Health Accreditation Program (CHAP).
April 6, 2010 Table Talks Promote Parent Support and Networking As Part of Statewide Underage Drinking Prevention Efforts This spring, hundreds of parents will be coming together across the state to participate in “Table Talks” about preventing underage drinking, announced the Maine Office of Substance Abuse (OSA).
March 23, 2010 March 24 Is World TB Day
March 1, 2010 Maine CDC Launches Free Colon Screening for Uninsured The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC), in the Department of Health and Human Services is now providing no-cost screening and follow-up for colorectal cancer for eligible Mainers as of today (March 1).
February 25, 2010 Flu Clinics Will Be Held At Class A Basketball Championships Flu clinics will be held Saturday, February 27 at the Cumberland County Civic Center, with both the H1N1 and seasonal flu vaccines available.
February 12, 2010 H1N1, Seasonal Flu Vaccines Available at Basketball Playoffs The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention within the Department of Health and Human Services has announced that flu clinics will be held at the Maine Principal’s Association high school basketball tournament in Augusta.
February 1, 2010 MeCDC Welcomes Sears as New State Epidemiologist Dr. Dora Anne Mills, Director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) is pleased to announce that Dr. Sears has chosen to join the staff at Maine CDC as the State Epidemiologist.
January 21, 2010 MeCDC Urges People to Get H1N1 Vaccine The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention in the Department of Health and Human Services is urging people to get vaccinated against H1N1 influenza.
January 7, 2010 State Representatives Recognize Infant Toddler Awareness Week
December 30, 2009 Maine Tobacco HelpLine Ready for Increased Calls
December 17, 2009 More Deaths from H1N1 Reported; Vaccine Now More Readily Available Although four more Maine people died this week of H1N1, the Maine CDC reminds people that an estimated 150 people die here every year of influenza and that H1N1 vaccine is now more readily available.
December 15, 2009 Voluntary Recall of Pediatric H1N1 Vaccine Announced - Vaccine Remains Safe, Testing Reveals Dose May Not Be Potent Enough A pharmaceutical company that produced vaccines for the H1N1 flu has issued a non-safety related, voluntary recall of 800,000 doses of the drug because tests suggest they may not meet potency standards.
December 14, 2009 Maine CDC Encourages All Mainers To Get H1N1 Vaccine - More Than 500,000 Doses of Vaccine are Now in Maine Based on recent demand and a large recent increase in H1N1 vaccine supply, Maine CDC is now recommending that H1N1 vaccine be offered to anyone who wishes to receive it.
December 10, 2009 H1N1 Vaccine Supply Has Doubled, Those at High Risk Encouraged to Get Vaccinated Many people in the high-priority groups could find it easier to get vaccinated against H1N1, said Dr. Dora Anne Mills, Director of the Maine CDC Thursday. The vaccine supply has doubled in the last two weeks in Maine and some public clinics are being planned for those who are at higher risk for the disease.
December 9, 2009 Carbon Monoxide(CO) Poison Warning With an approaching winter storm likely to result in power outages, the Maine Center for Disease Control (Maine CDC), warns Maine citizens to be very careful using gas-powered generators, kerosene heaters or other heating or power sources during power outages.
December 9, 2009 Maine CDC Reports Two More H1N1 Deaths The Maine CDC in the Department of Health and Human Services reported two more deaths related to H1N1 Tuesday – one a Mainer age 50-65 who died out of state and the other, a person older than age 65 from Penobscot County.
December 7, 2009 New State Law May Have Had Life-Saving Impact Officials from the Maine Office of the State Fire Marshal and the Maine State Toxicologist agree that the new State law requiring carbon monoxide detectors to be installed in rental properties has potentially saved lives.
December 3, 2009 H1N1 Declines Slightly as Vaccine Supply Slowly Increases; Maine CDC Partners with 211 Maine
December 3, 2009 Two More H1N1 Deaths Reported in Maine - Total Now Stands at 11 Two more deaths have been reported due to H1N1 influenza in Maine, bringing the total to 11 since August, according to the Maine CDC in the Department of Health and Human Services.
November 25, 2009 Two More Deaths Reported Due to H1N1 in Maine
November 23, 2009 Two More H1N1 Deaths Reported
November 19, 2009 As Vaccine Remains Scarce, H1N1 Flu Continues to Expand This past week has been a challenging one in Maine for H1N1, since the disease has surged and vaccine supplies remain very limited.
November 14, 2009 Maine Records Two More Deaths Linked to H1N1
November 6, 2009 Maine Records Second Death of Resident Related to H1N1
November 5, 2009 H1N1 Vaccine Efforts Expand as School Absenteeism Grows FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
Dora Anne Mills, MD, MPH
(207)-287-3270
Or John Martins, Director
Employee and Public Communications
(207) 287-5012

October 30, 2009 H1N1 Influenza is Widespread in Maine, Vaccine Efforts Unprecedented The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention/Maine DHHS has determined H1N1 influenza (swine flu) to be widespread in the state. However, the H1N1 vaccine is also being administered at unprecedented speed.
October 29, 2009 Governor Renews Civil Emergency Order to Fight Flu, Facilitate School-Based Vaccinations Governor John E. Baldacci today renewed a Proclamation of Civil Emergency Due to a Highly Infectious Agent. The original proclamation was signed on Sept. 1 and again on Sept. 30.
October 19, 2009 Acquired Brain Injury the Topic For Upcoming Public Meetings
October 7, 2009 International Symposium Focuses on Safe Use and Disposal Prescription Drugs The Maine Department of Health and Human Services, the University of Maine Center on Aging and eight other partners are leading an educational effort to address the issues of prescription drug use, misuse and proper disposal of unused medication.
October 7, 2009 Those at Highest Risk for H1N1 Targeted with Initial Vaccine Delivery
October 5, 2009 Maine CDC Urges Screening During Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October 1, 2009 H1N1 Vaccine Will Arrive Next Week The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) Maine Department of Health and Human Services, learned Tuesday that the first shipment of H1N1 vaccine will arrive late next week.
September 28, 2009 Eastern Equine Encephalitis Confirmed In Second Pheasant Flock The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the Maine Department of Agriculture and the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife announced today that a second pheasant flock in York County has been confirmed with the disease Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE).
September 22, 2009 Seasonal Flu Vaccine Delayed The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention has learned that the scheduled delivery for the remaining doses of seasonal flu vaccine will not be as accelerated as originally anticipated, due to prioritization of H1N1 vaccine and other challenges.
September 11, 2009 Penquis Chosen to Take Over Assisted Living Services Penquis Community Action Program Inc. (Penquis) has been selected to provide affordable assisted living services to residents who were formerly cared for by the Eastern Area Agency on Aging (EAAA). Services at Freeses in Bangor, Merry Gardens in Camden and Stearns in Millinocket will be provided by Penquis beginning October 1.
September 10, 2009 New Smoke-Free Outdoor Dining Law Takes Effect Saturday, September 12 A new law, which takes effect September 12, applies to any eating establishment where food and drink is served to the public for consumption on the premises, including restaurants, bars, and snack bars.
September 9, 2009 Rabid Cat Identified in Western Maine Early in September, a stray kitten from in Oxford County was found to be rabid based on testing at the state’s Health and Environmental Testing Laboratory.
September 2, 2009 Number of Horse Deaths to EEE Increases to Five Maine CDC and the Maine Department of Agriculture’s Animal Health and Industry Division announced today that a total of five horses in Maine have died of confirmed Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and three more are suspicious, awaiting test results.
September 1, 2009 Third Maine Horse Dies of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention in the Maine Department of Health and Human Services and the Maine Department of Agriculture’s Animal Health and Industry Division announced today that a third horse in Maine has died of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE).
August 21, 2009 Second Horse in Waldo County Tests Positive For Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) The Maine CDC and the Maine Department of Agriculture’s Animal Health and Industry Division announced today that a second horse in Waldo County has died of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE).
August 11, 2009 Maine Records First Death of Resident Related to H1N1 A York County man in his 50s is the first death linked to H1N1 influenza in Maine, the Maine CDC in the Department of Health and Human Services learned today.
August 11, 2009 Horse in Waldo County Tests Positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention in the Maine Department of Health and Human Services and the Maine Department of Agriculture’s Animal Health and Industry Division announced today that a four-year-old quarter horse gelding euthanized last week in the town of Troy in Waldo County, has tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE).
July 14, 2009 Recommendations Issued for Safe Shellfish Consumption Maine CDC in the Department of Health and Human Services and the Maine Department of Marine Resources are reminding Mainers and tourists of recommendations for the safe consumption of shellfish.
July 8, 2009 CMS Extends Deadline for Compliance to Down East Community Hospital Deadline to reach compliance extended through September
June 24, 2009 Maine CDC Offers Important H1N1 Swine flu Update H1N1, or swine flu, continues to spread throughout the world and Maine is no exception. Dr. Dora Anne Mills, Director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, cautions Mainers about being complacent about this virus.
June 17, 2009 Maine CDC Issues Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Advisory for Those Opening Their Summer Camps The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, is issuing an advisory about the danger of carbon monoxide poisoning when people open camps for the summer.
June 15, 2009 Maine Center for Disease Control Issues Updated Advisory on Striped Bass, Bluefish Consumption Maine One of Seven East Coast States Issuing Limits
June 1, 2009 Practice the 'Three Cs' to Reduce Likelihood of Lyme Disease, EEE, and West Nile Virus The Department of Health and Human Services’ Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) reminds Mainers that while it is important for our overall health to enjoy the outdoors, it is also important to take some simple precautions that will reduce one’s chances of tick and mosquito bites in order to prevent Lyme Disease, Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), and West Nile Virus.
May 8, 2009 Maine’s H1N1 Caseload Now at 13 Maine’s H1N1 Caseload Now at 13 - latest is an adult from Cumberland County
May 7, 2009 Young Adult Hospitalized with H1N1 Virus Pair of New Cases Brings Maine’s total to 12
May 6, 2009 Maine H1N1 Caseload increases to 10 Four of the Five York County Cases Confirmed by U.S. CDC
May 4, 2009 U.S. CDC Confirms First H1N1 Case in Maine
May 4, 2009 Maine Strengthens Public Stroke Awareness and Stroke Systems of Care To help increase the number of stroke patients who receive treatment for stroke, the Maine CDC’s Cardiovascular Health Program (MCVHP) is working with several statewide partners, including the Maine Affiliate of the American Stroke Association, to raise public awareness of stroke symptoms and the need to call 911 immediately when these symptoms are witnessed.
May 3, 2009 Seventh Case of H1N1 Influenza Identified The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention today has identified a new adult in York County as having the H1N1 influenza, bringing the State total to seven.
May 2, 2009 Antiviral Supplies from U.S. CDC Begin Arriving in Maine The first shipments of antiviral drugs and protective equipment released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began arriving in Maine early today.
May 1, 2009 H1N1 Flu Cases Increase to Six Statewide;Day Care Center in York County Cleared to Re-Open; Kennebunk Elementary Remains Closed The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention has identified today three additional individuals as having the H1N1 flu, bringing the State total to six.
April 30, 2009 H1N1 Case Identified In Penobscot County
April 29, 2009 One Maine school, one day care in York County closed due to H1N1 flu Governor John E. Baldacci announced Wednesday night the closure of Kennebunk Elementary School and the Crayon Academy day care center in Arundel due to two children with suspected H1N1 influenza ("swine flu"). In addition, Governor Baldacci signed an executive order declaring a Civil Emergency that will allow the State to better respond to the emerging threat posed by H1N1 flu.
April 29, 2009 H1N1 (Swine Flu) Probable Cases Confirmed in Maine On Wednesday morning, three cases of H1N1 (swine flu) were confirmed in Maine. All three people are adults and a recovering in their homes. Two are from Kennebec County and one resides in York County.
April 26, 2009 Simple Steps Can Reduce Spread of Swine Flu; No Confirmed Cases in Maine In response to confirmed cases of people infected with swine influenza (swine flu) in several states and Mexico, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) in the Department of Health and Human Services has been working closely with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to increase tracking of influenza in Maine, including swine flu, and to make preparations to minimize its impact.
March 31, 2009 Maine CDC names new Maternal and Child Health Director Stephen J. Meister, M.D., was recently chosen as the new Maternal and Child Health Medical Director for the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
March 23, 2009 Survey Shows Youth Alcohol Use Continues to Decrease in Maine Alcohol use among Maine’s 6-12th graders continues to decline, according to the Maine Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Substance Abuse (OSA).
March 18, 2009 Maine CDC Cautions Food Workers About Potential Poster Scams Maine restaurateurs and caterers appear to have been the targets of an alleged scam involving the sale of hand-washing posters.
March 12, 2009 Educating Parents about Dangers the Goal of National Inhalants and Poisons Awareness Week Parents need to know the warning signs of inhalant abuse and how deadly inhalants can be to their children. This is the key message of National Inhalants and Poisons Awareness Week, March 15-21.
January 22, 2009 Update on Salmonella Outbreak The Maine CDC in the Department of Health and Human Services continues to work in collaboration with the U.S. CDC, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Maine Department of Agriculture in the investigation of the Salmonella outbreak.
January 13, 2009 Regular Cancer Screenings A Good New Years Resolution Programs available to help defray the cost
January is a time where many make resolutions to improve their health. Women may consider making a resolution to call their health care provider and make an appointment to have a Pap test, clinical breast exam and mammogram. Regular screening examinations remain the best way to find pre-cancers before they can turn into cancer. Early detection and treatment remains our best fight against cervical and breast cancers.
January 13, 2009 Four Mainers Diagnosed with Salmonella The Maine Department of Health and Human Services, Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) is collaborating with the Maine Department of Agriculture and federal public health officials to investigate a multi-state outbreak of human infections due to Salmonella.
December 9, 2008 Governor and Maine's Health Leaders Issue Health Advisory on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Governor John E. Baldacci, Public Health Director Dr. Dora Anne Mills and Attorney General Steve Rowe were joined by leaders from Maine’s medical community as they issued a health advisory on domestic violence and sexual assault. Such health advisories are issued by the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) in the Department of Health and Human Services as an electronic tool for communicating urgent information to the professional health community and others.
October 28, 2008 Maine Receives $500,000 Grant To Support Youth Suicide Prevention Efforts The Maine Youth Suicide Prevention Program (MYSPP) recently learned that it has been selected to receive a $500,000 grant to enhance its efforts in high schools across the state.
October 27, 2008 Arrange for a Flu Shot Now The Department of Health and Human Services’ Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) reminds people that now is a good time to arrange for obtaining an influenza vaccine.
October 2, 2008 Mammograms Still Best Screening for Breast Health Though many agencies are funding numerous research projects to improve breast cancer screening methods, at this time, mammograms are still considered the best method to find breast cancer.
October 2, 2008 Food Stamp Program Has a New Name Effective October 1, the Food Stamp Program will be known as the Food Supplement Program in Maine. At the federal level, the program is now known as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program).
September 19, 2008 Maine DHHS Programs Receive Federal Grant Support Augusta - September 19, 2008 Several Federal grants have been obtained by programs within Maine Health and Human Services Departments recently.
July 8, 2008 Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (Red Tide) Illnesses - Washington County Over the weekend of July 5th three people from Washington County were hospitalized with symptoms of paralytic shellfish poisoning, also known as red tide poisoning.
June 16, 2008 Sun Safety is As Easy as Slip, Slap and Slop The best way to avoid risks of sunburn and skin damage that can lead to skin cancer is to adopt a year-round safe-skin regimen.
June 9, 2008 Maine CDC Advises Caution in Heat – Keep Cool, Drink Adequate Fluids, and Lie Low With Maine heading into summer and into a third day of high temperatures, it is important for all of us to prevent heat-related problems and to recognize the signs of heat illness early, said Dr. Dora Anne Mills, Director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
May 28, 2008 Maine School Systems Receive Awards for Excellence in Coordinated School Health First Lady Karen Baldacci and the Maine Departments of Education and Health and Human Services recognized five school systems for excellence in promoting healthy schools and healthy students and staff on Wednessday.
May 19, 2008 Maine CDC Emphasizes Safe Prep and Cooking of Fiddleheads, Especially in Flooded Northern Maine As fiddleheads come into season in northern Aroostook County, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, an Office of the Department of Health and Human Services, reminds consumers that it is important to thoroughly wash all fiddleheads after harvesting and to thoroughly cook them by boiling for 10 minutes or steaming for 20 minutes.
May 19, 2008 May is National Stroke Awareness Month The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, within the Maine Department of Health and Human Services wants to raise awareness about stroke during May, National Stroke Awareness Month.
May 5, 2008 Practice the 'Three Cs' to Reduce Likelihood of Lyme Disease The Department of Health and Human Services’ Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) reminds Mainers that while it is important for our overall health to enjoy the outdoors, it is also important to take some simple precautions that will reduce one’s chances of tick bites in order to prevent Lyme Disease. “Lyme Disease, a bacterial infection, is on the rise in Maine, and three-quarters of infections are contracted in May through August, so now is the time to take precautions,” said Dora Anne Mills, MD, MPH, Director of the Maine CDC.
May 5, 2008 Current Events Serve as Reminder During National Drinking Water Week While Maine is fortunate to have abundant clean fresh water resources, the recent Aroostook County floods serve as a reminder of the critical importance of this resource. As National Drinking Water Week begins, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, an office of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, reminds Mainers of the quality of their drinking water and what role they can play in protecting it.
April 24, 2008 Contract between DHHS, Unisys Gets Green Light from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services The Department of Health and Human Services learned this week that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved the contract that allows Unisys Corporation to develop and manage MaineCare’s Information System.
April 10, 2008 Cereal recalled due to Contamination with Salmonella On April 5, 2008 the Malt-O-Meal Company of Minnesota announced a recall of unsweetened puffed rice and unsweetened puffed wheat cereal.
April 8, 2008 Maine Breast and Cervical Health Program Expands Services to Women Age 35-39 The Maine Department of Health and Human Services is pleased to announce that the Maine Breast and Cervical Health Program (MBCHP), part of the Department’s Maine CDC, is now providing services to women age 35-39.
March 11, 2008 Law Enforcement Agencies Statewide Awarded Grants to Enforce Underage Drinking The Maine Office of Substance Abuse recently announced the awarding of grants to 15 law enforcement agencies across the state to target underage drinking. The two-year grants, ranging from $5,000 to $9,500 annually, will help to coordinate efforts across their respective service areas to enforce existing underage drinking laws.
February 29, 2008 Skin Cancer Remains a Concern In the Winter Months The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the Maine Cancer Consortium’s Skin Cancer Workgroup reminds Mainers that there is a risk for skin cancer even in the winter.
February 26, 2008 Influenza Activity on the Rise: CDC Urges Mainers to Take Precautions The Department of Health and Human Services’ Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention wants Mainers to take important steps to stop the spread of influenza, which has increased over the last two weeks throughout the state.
February 11, 2008 State Receives Federal Assistance to Protect Drinking Water The Maine Department of Health and Human Services announced today that Maine is one of three states selected to receive federal technical assistance over the next year to protecting drinking water resources amid the challenges posed by growth.
January 22, 2008 The Health of Maine Women: The Importance of Pap Tests With the holiday rush over, the Maine Department of Health and Human Services wants to remind Maine women about the importance of regular Pap tests in preventing cervical cancer.
January 3, 2008 Special Infant Toddler Training Now Available for Child Care Providers Parents in Maine soon will have an opportunity to choose a child care provider who has been specially trained in the care and education of infants and toddlers.
November 30, 2007 Influenza Season Arrives in Maine According to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Maine Center for Disease control, influenza season has begun in Maine.
November 27, 2007 Web site Strengthens Resources For Those Living with HIV/AIDS in Maine The Department of Health and Human Services’ Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) is pleased to announce a new web site geared toward the more than 1,100 people in Maine who live with HIV today.
November 19, 2007 Maine CDC: New Vaccination Recommendations for Mumps With four people being identified with a mumps infection over the past month and results of tests on between one and two dozen additional patients with the suspected illness pending, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Dora Ann Mills said that vaccination recommendations for mumps are being updated.
November 8, 2007 Second Rabid Cat in Norridgewock The continued incidence of rabies among domestic animals has prompted the State’s Health Officer to remind Mainers to be aware of animals acting aggressively or not exhibiting their normal behavior, and to vaccinate their pets.
November 5, 2007 Compliance Standards Adopted In Longstanding Mental Health Consent Decree Court-approved standards to measure the Department of Health and Human Services’ (DHHS) compliance in the case commonly known at the AMHI Consent Decree were approved earlier this week.
October 25, 2007 Maine CDC Says It's Time to Arrange for a Flu Vaccine The Department of Health and Human Services’ Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reminds people that now is a good time to arrange for obtaining an influenza vaccine.
October 22, 2007 Acquired Brain Injury the Topic For Upcoming Public Meetings Public meetings have been scheduled in early November to learn more about the unmet needs of people with brain injuries in Maine.
October 17, 2007 Early Detection is the Best Protection For Breast Cancer In recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Maine Department of Health and Human Services is reminding Maine women of the importance of early detection in the fight against breast cancer.
October 15, 2007 Office of Child Welfare Passes National Audit The Administration for Children and Families recently announced that the Office of Child Welfare has passed a stringent audit of Maine’s Title IV-E program.
October 15, 2007 Maine Receives Performance Bonus for Food Stamp Program Access The United States Department of Agriculture recently announced that for the second consecutive year, Maine was one of the leaders in assuring that those eligible for the Food Stamps receive them.
October 5, 2007 National Depression Screening Day One day is set aside each year to raise awareness of the importance of screening for depression. This year, National Depression Screening Day is October 11 and its theme is Stop a Suicide.
September 19, 2007 Changes to Maine State Law Allow for Improved Access to HIV Testing On September 19, 2007, changes in Maine HIV testing law go into effect. An Act to Improve Access to HIV Testing in Health Care Settings was passed by the Maine State Legislature in an effort to make HIV testing a routine part of health care as recommended by the U. S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2006.
September 11, 2007 Maine Completes Performance Improvement Plan - Feds Praise DHHS for Its Progress The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) recently announced that Maine Department of Health and Human Services has completed a detailed plan to improve performance in various areas of child welfare.
September 11, 2007 World Focuses on Rabies Awareness In 2006, a group of professionals who have devoted their careers to rabies prevention formed the Alliance for Rabies Control, a UK registered charity. This group has been active in its outreach, with its goal of raising awareness about rabies and to support funding toward its control and prevention.
September 7, 2007 Maine CDC Manages Whooping Cough in Portland The Maine Center of Disease Control, an Office of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, announced Thursday that it is investigating and controlling a cluster of whooping cough in Portland and its northern suburbs.
August 24, 2007 Back to School Checklist: Don’t Forget Your Child’s Immunizations “As our children are getting ready to return to school, there is an important item we should all have on our back to school checklist – immunizations,” said Dr. Dora Anne Mills, Director of the Maine CDC.
August 15, 2007 Rabid Cats Identified in Central Maine The recent increase of rabies among domestic animals has prompted the State’s Health Officer to remind Mainers to be aware of animals acting strangely and to vaccinate their pets.
August 15, 2007 More Toys Recalled Because of Lead Paint The Department of Health and Human Services’ Maine Center for Disease Control (Maine CDC) wants to remind Maine parents what they can do about common toys that have been recently recalled because they contain lead.
August 2, 2007 Contract Negotiations Begin with Maryland Firm To Administer Behavioral Health Services The Department of Health and Human Services announced Thursday that it is beginning contract negotiations with APS HealthCare Midwest of Silver Spring, Md., to administer behavioral heath services in Maine.
August 1, 2007 Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (Red Tide) Illnesses - Washington County Late on July 31st, four persons from a Washington County fishing household were hospitalized with symptoms of paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) within several hours of sharing a meal of mussels. Samples of mussels taken from the home were highly contaminated with the toxin that causes paralytic shellfish poisoning.
July 23, 2007 MaineCare - proof of citizenship required August 1 Effective August 1, anyone who currently gets or may want to apply for MaineCare benefits will have to prove U.S. citizenship and identity.
June 28, 2007 Practice the 'Three Cs' to Reduce Likelihood of Tick, Mosquito Bites and Related Disease The Department of Health and Human Services’ Maine Center for Disease Control reminds Mainers that while it is important for our overall health to enjoy the outdoors, it’s important to take some simple precautions that will reduce one’s chances of tick and mosquito bites.
June 22, 2007 DHHS Alters Rules Governing Swimming Pools at Daycare Centers Responding to new information shared by parents and day care providers at recent public hearings, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Licensing and Regulatory Services had amended emergency rules that govern pool safety for Family Childcare Providers.
June 15, 2007 Toys Recalled Because of Lead Paint The Department of Health and Human Services’ Maine Center for Disease Control wants Maine parents to know what to do about common toys that have been recently recalled because they contain lead.
June 6, 2007 Enjoy the Maine Outdoors and Protect Your Skin from the Sun “Building lifetime safe-sun habits is simple, and there’s no better time to begin than Skin Cancer Awareness Month, which began May 1st ,” announced Dr. Dora Anne Mills, Director of the Maine CDC in the Department of Health and Human Services.
May 17, 2007 Emergency Regulations Established for Child Care Water Safety The Department of Health and Human Services Division of Licensing and Regulatory Services recently submitted its final copy of emergency rules to govern water safety at licensed child care facilities as well those run by family child care providers.
May 8, 2007 Riverview Psychiatric Center Offers Mental Health Training to Community Providers A successful mental health training program once only offered to staff at Riverview Psychiatric Center (RPC) will now be available to caregivers from the community free of charge.
May 8, 2007 Children's Mental Health the Focus of Awareness Initiatives Powerful stories from both youth and families highlighted festivities at the Hall of Flags Monday to recognized Children’s Mental Health Week (May 6-12).
May 6, 2007 National Drinking Water Week: May 6 to 12 The DHHS Maine Center for Disease Control’s Drinking Water Program is sponsoring the National Theatre for Children to travel to schools served by community public water systems during National Drinking Water Week.
May 3, 2007 Activities Planned to Celebrate Foster Care Awareness Month in May Foster parent organizations, child welfare advocates, community groups and national organizations have many activities planned this month in recognition of National Foster Care Month.
March 28, 2007 National Expert in Suicide Risk Management Will Lead Workshops in Maine A nationally-known expert in managing the risk of suicide will lead a pair of training workshops for mental health professionals in Maine this April.
March 19, 2007 Maine Health Organizations Proclaim Support for Community Water Fluoridation Representatives from 20 major Maine health, public health, and dental health organizations reiterated their support for fluoridation of community drinking water at a press conference Monday at the State House.
March 12, 2007 Race, Ethnicity Data Now Collected at Healthcare Registration The Federal Office of Management and Budget now requires organizations that receive federal funds to begin collecting race and ethnicity data on all patients. This practice was officially launched in Maine on March 1. The purpose of collecting this information is to help track how diseases are linked to various races and ethnic groups and to eventually put this data to good use.
March 12, 2007 Animal Rabies Reported in Aroostook County The recent confirmation of a rabid skunk in Aroostook County has prompted the State’s Health Officer to remind pet owners of the need to immunize their animals against the deadly virus.
February 28, 2007 Program Aimed at Reducing Health Care Fraud Takes On a New Identity The Maine Medicare Education Partnership, a federally-funded Medicare education program under the auspices of Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Elder Services, has a new name – Maine SMP.
February 13, 2007 Take care to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning during power outages With a major winter storm in the forecast, the Maine Department of Health and Human Services’ Maine Center for Disease Control warns Maine citizens to be very careful using gas-powered generators, kerosene heaters or other heating or power sources during power outages.
January 4, 2007 Accomplishments Highlighted at Third Annual Infant-Toddler Awareness Day “Investing in our infants and toddlers is the best investment anyone can make in the future of Maine. Beyond simply being the right thing to do as a commitment to our youngest citizens, Maine’s future depends on sound decisions now,” said First Lady Karen Baldacci today at the third annual Infant and Toddler Awareness Day in the State Capitol Building’s Hall of Flags.
January 2, 2007 Influenza Season Arrives in Maine The Department of Health and Human Services’ Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) announced that the Influenza Season has started in Maine.
December 28, 2006 Good Wheels Loan Program Hits 1,000 Jessica Hatheway will be the first to admit that her young life has been filled with its share of ups and downs. Last week, however, Hatheway couldn’t help but beam as she picked up the keys to a 2000 Dodge Intrepid. Hatheway received a loan for her car from The Good Wheels Program, which is funded by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services and administered by Goodwill Industries. Her loan was the 1,000th in the program’s seven-year history and for Jessica, the loan brings with it a safe, reliable means of transportation for her two children, now ages 3 and 20 months.
November 1, 2006 Events Planned to Celebrate National Adoption Awareness Month The Children's Museum of Maine will be transformed on November 13 into the Cumberland County Probate Court, where adoptions will be legalized and families will celebrate as a highlight of National Adoption Awareness Month.
October 30, 2006 Riverview Psychiatric Awarded National Grant Riverview Psychiatric Center (RPC) Superintendent David Proffitt announced today that the facility has received a Co-Occurring State Integration Pilot Site Initiative Award from the State Association for Mental Health and Substance Abuse.
October 18, 2006 Mental Health Services Plan Approved Court Master Daniel E. Wathen issued an order today, approving the Adult Mental Health Services Plan submitted by the Department of Health and Human Services, bringing an end to years of planning and establishing a new structure for mental health service delivery in Maine.
October 10, 2006 DHHS' Maine CDC Urges Screening During Breast Cancer Awareness Month In recognition of October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Maine Department of Health and Human Services is reminding Maine women of the importance of regular screening for early detection of breast cancer.
October 10, 2006 Arrange for a Flu Vaccine Now, Says DHHS' Maine CDC The Department of Health and Human Services’ Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reminds people that now is a good time to arrange for obtaining an influenza vaccine.
September 13, 2006 Blaine House Event Held to Raise Awareness of Youth Suicide Prevention Wednesday In recognition of National Suicide Prevention Week, September 10-16, the Maine Youth Suicide Prevention Program unveiled two new websites and released the results of a comprehensive school-based suicide prevention program that has just been completed in 12 Maine high schools at a Blaine House Tea on Wednesday, September 13.
September 5, 2006 OSA Launches Parent Media Campaign To Curb Underage Drinking The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Substance Abuse (OSA) announced today the launch of a statewide media campaign to heighten parental awareness of Maine teen alcohol use and to provide parents with the skills and resources they need to better monitor teen behavior.
August 31, 2006 Safe and Drug Free Schools Governor's Grant Awards The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Substance Abuse (OSA) recently awarded five grants totaling approximately $214,000 to school and community organizations under the U.S. Education Department’s Safe and Drug-Free Schools Governor’s Grant program.
August 30, 2006 Suicide Prevention Week Events Planned In recognition of National Suicide Prevention Week, September 10-16 and World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10, several events are being planned to enhance public awareness in Maine about suicide risk factors and prevention.
August 4, 2006 Multicultural Office Director to Open Latin Soccer Games Noel Bonam, the Director for the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Multicultural Affairs, has been invited to officially kick-off the finale on Sunday, August 6, 2006, at the Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland at 8.30 a.m.
June 30, 2006 Summer Health Tip: Prevent Lyme Disease, West Nile Virus, and EEE: Cover Up, Clean Up, and Check Daily The Maine CDC, part of the Department of Health and Human Services, is reminding Mainers that this is the time to take a few simple precautions that will reduce one’s chances of contracting Lyme disease, West Nile virus and even Eastern Equine encephalitis (EEE).
June 16, 2006 Kimberly A. Johnson Receives Prestigious National Award Kimberly Johnson, director of DHHS’ Office of Substance Abuse (OSA), was recently awarded the prestigious 2006 “Friend of the Field Award” in Atlanta at the National Conference of the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence, Inc. (AATOD).
January 10, 2006 Riverview To Host Role Recovery Workshop Riverview Psychiatric Hospital will be hosting a presentation entitled “Psychiatric Rehabilitation Through Role Recovery,” scheduled for February 2, 2006 from 9 a.m.to 4 p.m. in the Sebago room at Riverview Psychiatric Center. This training is open to the public and area mental health service providers at no cost
December 23, 2005 Cobb Named Director Belfast native and Manchester resident Catherine M. Cobb has been named Director of the Division of Licensing & Regulatory Services for the Department of Human Services (DHHS).
December 23, 2005 Diana C. Scully Named Director of the Office of Elder Services The Office of Elder Services has a new director. Diana C. Scully, of Hallowell, has been named to that post by Jack Nicholas, Commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
December 15, 2005 Getchel Home Faces Review On Monday December 12th, the State of Maine, Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) issued a notice terminating the Getchell Group Home and Getchell Agency as MaineCare providers.
December 15, 2005 USDA Calls DHHS Food Stamp Program “Sixth Best in Nation” On the 13th of December, Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Commissioner John R. Nicholas received word that the United States Department of Agriculture had named the DHHS “six best in the nation” when it comes to excellence in providing food stamp customer service.
December 9, 2005 Riverview Receives Surprise JCAHO Inspection The Riverview Psychiatric Center received a surprise site visit and inspection from the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, commonly referred to as JCAHO. JCAHO is the accrediting body for hospitals nationwide, and conducts intensive accreditation surveys assessing hospitals compliance to hundreds of quality standards.
October 28, 2005 Riverview Hires New Deputy Superintendent Riverview Psychiatric Center recently hired a new Deputy Superintendent for Clinical Services.
October 4, 2005 Update on Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in Maine A second York County horse has died and tested positive this past week for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). The horse was from the town of York.
September 28, 2005 Flu Shot Season Begins for Priority Groups The season for flu shots is underway with young children, elders, and caregivers among priority groups that should get their shots in the next few weeks.
September 21, 2005 Tougher Youth Drinking Law Takes Effect A new Maine law effective this week takes a tougher stand with anyone who furnishes alcohol to young people.
September 19, 2005 Maine HHS Strengthens Financial Team The Maine Department of Health and Human Services has hired a veteran financial professional to serve as its first director of internal audit.
September 19, 2005 Tobacco Help Line Marks Four Successful Years The Maine Tobacco HelpLine (1-800-207-1230) marks its fourth year in operation this week, with one of the highest call volumes among tobacco help programs nationally.
August 25, 2005 Bangor Ceremony Marks Newly-Named Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center Gov. John Baldacci will join state leaders Aug. 31 in unveiling a new name for the Bangor Mental Health Institute that honors Dorothea Dix, a Maine native who became an international pioneer in improving the lives of people with mental illness.
August 23, 2005 OSA Director Receives Recognition Kimberly Johnson, Director of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Substance Abuse (OSA), recently received an award from the Women’s Addiction Services Council in recognition of her outstanding service to women and their families affected by substance abuse.
August 18, 2005 New Messages to Help Committed Smokers Quit Seeking to reach seriously addicted smokers, Maine Health and Human Services’ Public Health today unveiled new hard-hitting messages emphasizing the serious health effects of smoking.
July 28, 2005 Public Health Nursing Leader Wins National Fellowship Jan Morrissette of the Bureau of Health, Public Health Nursing, in Augusta, is among 20 executive nurses nationwide chosen as a 2005 Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow.
June 29, 2005 Food Stamp Program Continues to Improve Preliminary data for 2005 to date shows that Maine’s Food Stamp Program continues to improve an error rate that caused a financial penalty last year.
June 17, 2005 Ceremony Formally Marks AMHI Closing One year after the closure of the Augusta Mental Health Institute (AMHI), state leaders and leaders of an initiative to remember its residents came together today for a special tribute.
June 8, 2005 June 16 Memorial Seeks Readers A June 16 memorial to remember and honor Maine citizens who died at the Augusta Mental Health Institute (AMHI) is seeking volunteer readers.
June 7, 2005 Prevent Lyme Disease and West Nile Virus: Cover Up, Clean Up, and Check Daily The Maine Department of Health and Human Services is reminding Mainers that summer is the season for simple precautions to reduce the chance of contracting Lyme Disease or West Nile Virus.
June 2, 2005 Health Officials Update MRSA Cases The Maine Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Bureau of Health, Department of Corrections, and Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department today provided an update on recent Methicillin-Resistant Staphyloccus Aureus (MRSA) infections in correctional facilities.
June 1, 2005 ASPIRE Recognized as Business Champion Stephen Telow, manager of Maine’s ASPIRE program for the Department of Health and Human Services, will be honored Thursday as Maine’s 2005 Women in Business Champion.
May 18, 2005 Nicholas Details New Department Structure Jack Nicholas, commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services, today presented legislation that details the new Department’s organization.
April 28, 2005 Children's Performances Celebrate Safe Drinking Water Week, May 2 to 8 The Department of Health and Human Service’s Drinking Water Program is sponsoring seven performances of the National Theatre for Children to recognize Drinking Water Week, May 2 to 8.
April 14, 2005 Lab Earns New National Accreditation The Maine Department of Health and Human Service’s Public Health and Environmental Testing Laboratory has earned a valuable national accreditation for its forensic chemistry section.
April 6, 2005 Public Health Week Theme: Live Stronger and Longer This is national Public Health Week with a special emphasis in Maine on staying well and strong as more people live longer.
March 22, 2005 Rural Preparedness A new report makes the case that rural states face special challenges in preparing for public health emergencies.
March 11, 2005 Commissioner Updates MaineCare System Status MaineCare increased the amount of claims paid through its new claims management system and took several steps this week to continue improving the system’s performance.
March 11, 2005 DHHS Career Fair Postponed The Career Fair planned for March 12th has been postponed.
March 3, 2005 Mainers Over 50 Urged to Screen for Colon Cancer All Mainers over the age of 50 are strongly encouraged to get educated during the month of March on the importance of regular screening for colon cancer.
February 15, 2005 Week Boosts Child Passenger Safety Booster seats for children are an emphasis February 13-19, National Child Passenger Safety Week. Governor John Baldacci proclaimed the week of focus on child passenger safety, joining the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and other partners working to get safety information to parents.
January 31, 2005 Nicholas Reports on New Department Structure John R. Nicholas, commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services, today released his report recommending the reorganized department’s structure.
January 26, 2005 Study Praises Maine Leadership in Tobacco Prevention A new study has found that Maine’s tobacco control and prevention efforts will prevent 19,870 young people alive today from starting to smoke and save $238 million in long-term, smoking-related health care costs.
January 19, 2005 Influenza Vaccine Restrictions Lifted The Department of Health and Human Services lifted all restrictions Wednesday on the use of influenza vaccine this winter.
January 18, 2005 State Plan to Combat Viral Hepatitis Although thousands of Mainers are affected by viral hepatitis, many are unaware that they are infected or at risk. With the potential for outcomes such as cirrhosis, liver cancer, or death, earlier rather than later intervention is essential.
January 4, 2005 January is National Cervical Cancer Awareness Month In recognition of National Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is reminding Maine women that regular screening for early detection is their best protection.
December 17, 2004 Health Officials Urge Mainers in High Risk Groups to Get Their Flu Shots Dr. Lani Graham, acting director of the Department of Health and Human Service’s Bureau of Health, announced today that additional groups of high risk individuals should now receive their flu vaccine.
December 9, 2004 Commissioner Appoints Hollander, Norton to New Department Commissioner John R. Nicholas today appointed two veteran professionals to lead the new Department of Health and Human Services’ legislative relations and public information efforts.
December 2, 2004 Riverview Receives High Marks From JCAHO Survey The Maine Department of Health and Human Services announced today that the Riverview Psychiatric Center has successfully completed an extensive 4-day survey by the Joint Commission for the Accreditation of Hospital Organizations (JCAHO).
December 2, 2004 Influenza Confirmed in Maine The Maine Department of Health and Human Services confirmed that influenza has been detected in Maine for the first time this season.
November 19, 2004 Maine Wins Foster Care Grant Maine has been selected to be one of twelve pilot sites for a nationwide initiative to improve the lives of youth leaving the foster care system, state agency and child welfare officials announced today.
November 18, 2004 Survivors of Suicide:Those Left Behind To Be Held Tomorrow Almost 100 people from across the state and as far away as Houlton who have lost a loved one to suicide will be attending a unique all-day conference at the Senator Inn on Friday.
October 29, 2004 HHS Receives $12 Million for Substance Abuse Prevention Today, the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) received a grant award of $11.8 million from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for substance abuse prevention.
October 22, 2004 Maine Receives National Quality Award for Training The Maine Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced today that it has received the 2004 Quality Award for Training from the National Staff Development and Training Association.
October 19, 2004 HHS to Hold Free Screening as Part of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month As part of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that the Maine Breast and Cervical Health Program (MBCHP) and the Southern Maine Breast and Cervical Health Program (SMBCHP) will be offering two free special breast and cervical health screenings this week.
October 18, 2004 Commissioner Nicholas Announces New HHS Website The Maine Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced the launch of its new website, www.maine.gov/dhhs.
October 12, 2004 First Lady Celebrates 30th Anniversary of WIC Nutrition Program First Lady Karen Baldacci, joined by staff of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Bangor Department of Health and Welfare, was here today to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Women, Infants and Children Nutrition Program (WIC).
October 7, 2004 Maine “Angels in Adoption” Honored in Washington, D.C. A Congressional coalition has honored three Maine citizens for their extraordinary commitment to children.
October 6, 2004 State Recommending Targeted Use of Flu Vaccine The Maine Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today recommended that all Maine health-care providers target their supplies of influenza vaccine to persons at highest risk of severe complications from the flu.
October 4, 2004 October, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month In recognition of October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Maine Department of Health and Human Services is reminding Maine women of the importance of regular screening for early detection of breast cancer.
September 28, 2004 HHS Licensing Approves Plan for Riverview The Maine Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced today that its Division of Licensing and Certification has approved a licensing plan for the Riverview Psychiatric Center (Riverview).
September 27, 2004 HHS Receives High Performance Bonus From USDA The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced today that Maine will receive a $645,236 bonus from United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for improvements made to the Food Stamps program.
September 24, 2004 OSA Programs Win National Awards The Department of Health and Human Services announced today that two Maine youth programs, ‘The Aroostook Teen Leadership Camp’ and ‘A Company of Girls’, were honored as national winners of the Exemplary Substance Abuse Prevention Innovative Program Award. The awards were presented at the recently concluded Prevention Network Research Conference held in Kansas City. The Maine programs were two of only five programs recognized.
September 23, 2004 HHS Receives Grant to Improve Women’s Health The Maine Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced today that it has been awarded a $300,000 grant to integrate mental health and addiction services into the primary health care setting. The grant was awarded by the federal Health Resources and Services Administration. Maine was one of only two states in the nation to receive such funding.
September 21, 2004 Riverview Clients Add Decorative Touch to New Center The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) held a ceremony today to place forty-one quilts around the interior of the new Riverview Psychiatric Center (Riverview). The quilts were made by more than two hundred Riverview clients and staff, as well as members of the local community.
September 20, 2004 HHS Receives Grant to Assist Elder Refugees The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced today that it has been awarded a grant by the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement to improve services for elder refugees. The grant will expand capacity to serve older refugees and their families and connect the state's refugee programs to the well-developed systems of services to the elderly.
September 14, 2004 Maine Begins Parent Media Campaign to Raise Awareness Today, the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) launched a statewide media campaign, entitled “Parents Matter,” to increase parent awareness on the issues of adolescent sexuality.
September 13, 2004 First Lady Recognizes State and Local Efforts on World Suicide Prevention Day First Lady Karen Baldacci hosted a public event today at the Blaine House to mark World Suicide Prevention Day.
September 10, 2004 Maine Gets New Federal Money For Adoption Progress Progress in finding adoptive homes for children is bringing an additional $424,000 in federal funding support for adoption to Maine’s Department Health and Human Services (HHS).
September 9, 2004 DHHS Passes Foster Care Audit The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has passed a key federal audit of payments made to support foster children.
September 8, 2004 New School Immunization Requirements Take Effect As children return to school this week, the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is reminding parents and students of new immunization requirements in effect this year.
August 30, 2004 HHS Provides Guidance on Lead Contaminated Toys The Maine Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) held a press conference today to provide Maine parents with advice related to an emerging problem of lead paint in toys.
August 23, 2004 Nicholas Names New Director of Child and Family Services John R. Nicholas, Commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), today announced the appointment of James ‘Jim’ Beougher as the new Director of the Bureau of Child and Family Services.
August 18, 2004 HHS Receives Grant for Increased Alzheimer's Services The Maine Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced today that it has received a three-year grant from the federal Administration on Aging to increase services to persons with Alzheimer’s disease and their family caregivers.
August 17, 2004 West Nile Virus Confirmed in Maine The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has confirmed the presence of West Nile Virus in Maine.
August 16, 2004 Camp to Belong Maine Opens This Weekend Camp To Belong, a summer camp that reunites siblings who have been separated in foster and adoptive care, opened this weekend for the first time in Maine.
August 10, 2004 Nicholas Names Two New Deputy Commissioners John R. Nicholas, Commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), today announced the appointment of two new Deputy Commissioners to complete his executive team. John Michael ‘Mike’ Hall has been hired as Deputy Commissioner for Strategic Planning, Policy and Performance and Brenda Harvey has been hired as Deputy Commissioner for Programs.
August 5, 2004 HHS Licensing Staff Complete Riverview Survey The Maine Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced today that staff from the Division of Licensing and Certification have completed their three-day review of the Riverview Psychiatric Center (Riverview) and its care delivery and administrative practices. Riverview will be issued a conditional license, which allows the hospital to continue to provide care while implementing an improvement plan.
July 15, 2004 DHHS Group Wins Top Ten Rating The Department of Health and Human Services announced today that Maine’s Disability Determination Services (DDS), the agency that makes disability decisions for Social Security, has once again been ranked in the top ten in the nation. In recognition of this achievement, Jo Anne B. Barnhart, Commissioner of the Social Security Administration, presented the Department with a citation for excellence.
July 1, 2004 DHHS Open for Business Today Today, the creation of the new Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) became official, following the consolidation the Departments of Human Services and Behavioral and Developmental Services.
June 29, 2004 New Funding Focuses on Children's Mental Health Needs The Department of Human Services has received a two-year, $200,000 grant from the Maine Health Access Foundation (MeHAF) to develop an integrated set of children’s mental health indicators for the state.
June 28, 2004 State Health Official to Receive Executive Fellowship Department of Human Services Commissioner John R. Nicholas announced today that the state director of the Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness, Paul Kuehnert, MS, RN, has been selected as one of the twenty Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellows for 2004.
June 25, 2004 DHS Employee Receives Award for Assistance in Fraud Investigation Department of Human Services announced today that one of its employees, Kelly Proctor, received the Office of Inspector General (OIG) Integrity Award for her outstanding investigative and logistical support in a criminal case.
June 21, 2004 Final Bids for Central Aroostook Office Announced State officials announced today that they have received four proposals for the future Central Aroostook office of the Department of Health and Human Services.
June 7, 2004 Groups Join with Sea Dogs to Fight Skin Cancer The Maine Department of Human Services announced that the first 2,000 fans attending today’s Portland Sea Dogs game will receive a free packet of sun block to protect their skin, as part of ‘Protect the Skin You’re In’ day at Hadlock Field.
May 28, 2004 Foster Care Festival Attracts 200 About 250 foster parents, children, and Department of Human Services staff and their families attended an appreciation event for foster families Saturday in Bangor.
May 28, 2004 60,000 Smoking Deaths in Maine Since Surgeon General's First Report on Tobacco In conjunction with the 40th anniversary of the first US Surgeon General’s report that linked smoking to cancer, the Maine Department of Human Services, Bureau of Health, announced that in the four decades since the report was released, it estimates at least 60,000 Maine people have died as a result of cancer caused from tobacco use.
May 18, 2004 Panel Supports Foster Care Reform A new national report advocates changes in federal policy that could aid Maine’s effort to improve service to abused and neglected children and their families.
May 12, 2004 Maine Celebrates National Women’s Health Week The Department of Human Services is reminding women across the state to take preventive steps to improve their health in conjunction with National Women’s Health Week.
May 3, 2004 Maine Celebrates National Drinking Water Week In conjunction with National Drinking Water Week, the Department of Human Services announced today that the National Theatre for Children will be in Maine this week to give performances about water safety for grade school aged students throughout the state.
April 15, 2004 State Water Test Kits Now Available Online The Department of Human Services today announced the start of a new service that allows Maine people to order water test kits over the Internet.
March 26, 2004 Maine Recognized for Child Support Improvements Federal officials were in Maine today to recognize the Department of Human Services for successfully improving its ability to establish, enforce and distribute child support.
March 19, 2004 State Offers Lifetime Fitness Program To Create Better Health Among Elder Adults The Department of Human Services announced today the six organizations selected to participate in Lifetime Fitness, an award-winning series of exercises developed to help elder adults maintain good health and independence. Lifetime Fitness will be offered at Somerset Sports and Fitness in Skowhegan; Stearns Assisted Living Center in Millinocket (sponsored by the Millinocket Regional Hospital); Friends of Community Fitness in Sangerville; Waldo County YMCA in Lincolnville; St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center’s Prevention and Wellness Programs in Lewiston; and Penobscot Bay YMCA in Rockport.
March 12, 2004 Physical Inactivity And Poor Diet Is Climbing To The Number One Cause Of Death The Department of Human Services today provider further information related to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association which showed that physical inactivity and poor diet are catching up to tobacco as our number one underlying cause of death in the United States. Applying this study’s outcomes to Maine suggests that an estimated 2,200 Maine people are dying from tobacco every year and 2,100 are dying from physical inactivity or poor diet.
March 4, 2004 Children in Foster Care Reaches Record Low The Department of Human Services announced today that the number of children in foster care has fallen to 2,957.
February 25, 2004 New Initiative Improves the Number of Seniors Participating in the Food Stamp Program in Waldo County The Department of Human Services announced today a 46% increase over the past year in the number of elder adults participating in the Food Stamp Program in Waldo County. Department officials attribute this increase directly to the Food Assistance Connecting Eligible Seniors Project, or FACES, one of six pilot projects in the country funded by the US Department of Agriculture for the purpose of increasing the historically low participation of older Americans in the Food Stamp Program.
January 14, 2004 Overwhelming Inquiries about Maine Rx Plus The Maine Department of Human Services announced that today it received nearly 1,000 calls to its help line from Maine citizens interested in signing up for Maine Rx Plus.
January 10, 2004 State Provides Health and Licensing Update Regarding Tattoo Parlors The Maine Department of Human Services announced today its continuing effort to inform and educate the public on proper licensing and sanitation standards for tattoo parlors.
December 19, 2003 DHS to Hold Public Meeting on the Need for Ambulatory Surgical Services in the Portland Area The Department of Human Services is reminding interested persons that a meeting will be held Monday, December 22nd from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. for the purpose of gathering information about ambulatory surgical services in the Greater Portland area.
December 18, 2003 State Updates Flu Vaccine Efforts State health officials at the Department of Human Services held a press conference today to provide a further update on influenza activity in Maine and the state’s efforts to make sure that persons who are at highest risk receive the flu vaccine.
December 16, 2003 DHS Nursing Home Survey Indicates High Customer Satisfaction The Department of Human Services today released the results of a consumer satisfaction survey, Maine’s first independent study of nursing home residents’ satisfaction with their care and surroundings.
December 11, 2003 State Updates Flu Vaccine Efforts The Maine Department of Human Services today provided a further update on the influenza situation in Maine.
December 9, 2003 State Launches Respiratory Etiquette Campaign and Updates Flu Vaccine Efforts Governor John E. Baldacci, joined by public health officials from the Department of Human Services, today announced a ‘Cover Your Cough and Wash Your Hands’ campaign to involve all Maine people in the effort to improve their health during the flu season.
November 20, 2003 State Unveils New Statewide Ad Campaign to Help Maine Smokers Quit On the day of The Great American Smokeout, when millions of smokers across the country quit smoking by starting with just one day, the Department of Human Services announced the beginning of a new statewide advertising campaign designed to help Maine smokers quit for good.
November 13, 2003 State and National Human Services Officials Here to Study Maine's Welfare Eligibility Program Officials representing human services departments from Alabama, Delaware, Minnesota and Ohio, along with members of the Southern Institute on Children and Families, were in Maine today to learn more about improving efficiency in their state’s welfare programs.
November 10, 2003 DHS Releases Prescription Drug Pricing Survey The Department of Human Services today announced the results of the fourth annual survey of all independent and chain-owned retail pharmacies in Maine.
November 5, 2003 Review Shows Need for Shorter Foster Care Stays A new review of Maine’s efforts to protect children from abuse and neglect has found that children here stay in foster care too long.
October 30, 2003 Outstanding Leadership Awards Presented Five different individuals and organizations were presented today with the second annual Outstanding Leadership Award for their contributions in promoting folic acid awareness in the prevention of birth defects.
October 23, 2003 State Unveils Approach to Increase Integration of Services The Commissioners of the Departments of Behavioral and Developmental Services, Corrections, Education, Human Services and Labor, along with advocates and consumers representing persons with disabilities across the state, have endorsed a comprehensive approach for serving individuals in integrated community settings.
October 21, 2003 Department of Human Services Delivers Influenza Vaccine Statewide The Department of Human Services announced today that it has shipped out more than 76,000 doses of its influenza vaccine for the 2003-2004 flu season to more than 600 health care providers throughout the State.
October 15, 2003 CARBON MONOXIDE (CO) POISONING WARNING The Department of Human Services, Bureau of Health is issuing a warning to Maine citizens to be extremely careful when using a gas-powered generator or similar alternative heating or power sources.
October 10, 2003 State Receives Financial Recognition for Performance in Administering Welfare Programs The Maine Department of Human Services announced today that the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded the state $3.9 million in recognition of its success in administering its Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program.
October 3, 2003 Maine Receives CDC Funds to Implement Suicide Prevention Program The Department of Human Services, Bureau of Health announced today that the state received nearly $300,000 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to continue work on the Maine School Community Suicide Prevention Intervention Project.
October 2, 2003 State Receives Federal Grant to Develop New Aging and Disability Resource Centers The Maine Department of Human Services, Bureau of Elder and Adult Services announced today that it has been awarded a grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Administration on Aging to develop aging and disability resource centers.
September 4, 2003 Health and Environmental Testing Lab Celebrates its 100th Year The Department of Human Services, Bureau of Health today marked the 100th Anniversary of Maine’s Public Health and Environmental Testing Laboratory.
August 11, 2003 First Birds for 2003 in Maine Test Postive for West Nile Virus Four birds have been identified as testing positive for West Nile Virus in Maine: blue jays in Lewiston and Stonington, and crows in Brunswick and York, all from calls coming to the Bureau of Health’s toll-free Bird Reporting Line (1-888-697-5846) between July 31st and August 4th.
July 30, 2003 STOP! Child Abuse Conference The Maine Department of Human Services held a conference today that brought together representatives from across the state to discuss the subject of child abuse prevention.
June 26, 2003 Mainers Encouraged to Take Steps to Protect Themselves Against West Nile Virus Peter E. Walsh, Acting Commissioner of the Department of Human Services today reiterated his hope that Maine people report any dead crows, blue jays or ravens that they see in their community.
June 12, 2003 Maine Begins Elder Adult Health Program Initiative A reception held at the Blaine House earlier today celebrated the accomplishments of more than 150 elder adults in Maine who participated in a program to improve their physical health.
May 27, 2003 Department of Human Services Announces New Initiative To Screen All Maine Children Pursuant to legislation passed last year, the Maine Department of Human Services today introduced a new process for screening children for lead poisoning.
May 9, 2003 Source Water Assessments Completed The Drinking Water Program, part of the Maine Department of Human Services, announced today that it has completed the comprehensive assessment of the state’s public water supplies.
May 8, 2003 State Recognizes Local Efforts during National Suicide Prevention Awareness Week The Maine Youth Suicide Prevention Program, a coordinated effort of the Departments of Behavioral and Developmental Services, Corrections, Education, Human Services and Public Safety, held an event today in recognition of National Suicide Prevention Awareness Week.
April 17, 2003 Maine Begins Electronic Benefits Transfer Governor John Baldacci, along with staff of the Maine Department of Human Services, today announced the introduction of an electronic benefits transfer (EBT) process for the TANF and Food Stamps programs.
April 17, 2003 State Renews its Request of Drug Manufacturers to Participate in DEL Peter E. Walsh, Acting Commissioner of the Maine Department of Human Services, announced today the state has extended the time period for negotiating signed rebate agreements with pharmaceutical manufacturers for participants in the Low Cost Drugs for the Elderly and Disabled Program (DEL).
April 14, 2003 DHS Distributes Guide for Family Caregivers in Maine The Department of Human Services, in conjunction with the state’s Area Agencies on Aging, today released a brand new guide for people in Maine who are caring for others.
April 7, 2003 Meeting in Augusta to Address Dental Health Access Many of the state’s leaders in oral healthcare policy and treatment convened in Augusta today to work on improving access to oral health services in Maine.
March 5, 2003 New Chair of the Hospital Licensing Review Board Announced The Department of Human Services announced today that Lee Myles has been named as the new chair of the Hospital Licensing Review Board.
March 3, 2003 State Begins Vaccination of Public Health Response Team As part of the state’s continuing effort to guard against a bioterrorist threat, the Maine Department of Human Services today began vaccinating members of its Public Health Response Team. The Public Health Response Team is being vaccinated and trained so that in the event of a smallpox occurrence, they will be able to vaccinate others, care for smallpox victims, and investigate the source of any potential outbreak.
February 18, 2003 Walsh Assumes Post as Acting DHS Commissioner Peter Walsh today assumed responsibilities as the Acting Commissioner of the Department of Human Services.
February 12, 2003 Maine DHS Chief To Address National Meeting Maine’s outgoing director of health and human services, Commissioner Kevin W. Concannon of the Maine Department of Human Services is scheduled to meet with the national board of the AARP in Washington, DC tomorrow, February 13th.
February 4, 2003 York County Cancer Care Center Receives Certificate of Need Approval Kevin W. Concannon, Commissioner of the Department of Human Services, announced today that the York County Cancer Care Center, a proposal for a comprehensive cancer treatment facility submitted by the Southern Maine Medical Center and the Maine Medical Center, has received Certificate of Need approval.
January 23, 2003 DHS to Hold Information Sessions to Assist Those Affected by Great Northern's Bankruptcy Filing With the encouragement and support of Governor John E. Baldacci, the Department of Human Services will be holding public meetings in the Millinocket area to provide information on health and human services programs to persons who may be affected by a shutdown of the Great Northern Paper Mill.
January 17, 2003 Request for Hearing on the Subject of the Site for York County Cancer Center Withdrawn The Bureau of Medical Services, Department of Human Services (DHS) announced today that the public hearing concerning the proposed site of the York County Cancer Care Center, one of the two competing applications for a comprehensive cancer care center to be located in the town of Wells, has been cancelled.
January 14, 2003 DHS to Hold Additional Hearing on the Subject of the Site for York County Cancer Care Center The Bureau of Medical Services, the division of the Department of Human Services that administers the Certificate of Need (CON) program, has announced today that a public hearing will be held concerning the proposed site in the town of Wells for the York County Cancer Care Center which was submitted by the Southern Maine Medical Center and Maine Medical Center.
January 10, 2003 Augusta Child Welfare Staff Honored Child and Family Services recently recognized three of its Augusta-based professionals for outstanding work in child welfare.
January 10, 2003 Rogers Honored for Child Welfare Work Child and Family Services recently recognized one of its Biddeford-based professionals for outstanding work in child welfare.
January 10, 2003 Lewiston Child Welfare Staff Honored Child and Family Services recently recognized three of its Lewiston-based professionals for outstanding work in child welfare.
January 10, 2003 Two Honored for Child Welfare Work Child and Family Services recently recognized two of its Portland-based professionals for outstanding work in child welfare.
January 10, 2003 Ford Named Child Welfare Professional of the Year Child and Family Services recently recognized one of its Rockland-based supervisors for outstanding work in child welfare.
January 8, 2003 DHS Staff Issues Final Recommendation on Cancer Care Proposals for York County The Bureau of Medical Services, the division of the Department of Human Services that administers the Certificate of Need program, has issued its final recommendation on the competing proposals to construct a comprehensive cancer care treatment center in York County.
January 3, 2003 State Issues Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Warning With a winter storm forecast for the state and power outages possible, the Department of Human Services, Bureau of Health has issued a warning to all Maine citizens to be extremely careful when using a generator or similar alternative heating or power source. Improper operation or placement of such devices can result in Carbon Monoxide poisoning.