The Maine Bureau of Veterans’ Services (MBVS) is pleased to announce the launch of a new pilot program providing mental health care and case management services to Maine veterans.

The program, which officially launched on Monday, April 16th, will be administered by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services in consultation with MBVS.

Care coordination and case management will be facilitated by Easter Seals Maine and Health Affiliates Maine.

The pilot program, established after the passage of L.D. 1231, “An Act Regarding Mental Health Care for Maine Veterans”, will be open to all veterans, free of charge, no matter their discharge or length of service. The term “veteran” includes:

  1. Any person who has served in the United States Armed Forces (Active Duty, National Guard and Reserves) who needs mental health treatment or mental health navigation.
  2. Any service member currently serving in the Armed Forces.

Both Easter Seals Maine and Health Affiliates Maine were selected to serve as participating providers due to their recent history of working with service members, veterans, and their families.

Organizations and providers are encouraged to make referrals on behalf of veterans in need of care, and veterans are also encouraged to self-refer.

Easter Seals Maine is located at 125 Presumpscot Street in Portland and can be reached at 207-828-0754 or by visiting easterseals.com/maine. Their service areas include Androscoggin, Cumberland, Hancock, Penobscot and York Counties.

Health Affiliates Maine is located at 306 Rodman Rd in Auburn and can be reached at 207-333-3278 or by visiting healthaffiliatesmaine.com. Their service areas include: Androscoggin, Franklin, Hancock, Kennebec, Knox, Oxford, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Sagadahoc, Somerset, York and Waldo Counties.

For more information on the Maine Bureau of Veterans’ Services, or to contact the Veteran Service Office nearest you, please visit: http://maine.gov/veterans/ or call 207-430-6035.