WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) announced today that the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $828,415 to Maine’s state-level Department of Health and Human Services. The grant is awarded to a maternal and child health services program that works to protect the health of Maine’s mothers, women, and children – including children with special needs.
“Maine families deserve access to quality, regular care and a variety of specialized treatment options for mothers and their children,” said Senators Collins and King in a joint statement. “This funding will support a range of programs that care for the evolving health needs of Maine women and children, beginning at birth and providing our families with every opportunity to succeed from the start.”
The Maine Department of Health and Human Services serves approximately one-third of the people of Maine, providing health care and social service support to children, families, the elderly, the disabled, people with mental illness or substance use disorders, and those living below the poverty level. The Department operates two state psychiatric hospitals; provides public health information, guidance and management through the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention; and provides oversight to hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care entities through the Division of Licensing and Regulatory Services.