Here you can find information about healthcare services, therapeutic,
and support resources.
Link to our selection of Health Care Tip Sheets! (opens new window)
Link to our selection of Mental Health Tip Sheets! (opens new window)
The Health Center contains the following categories:
Advocacy (See also Living in the Community - Advocacy Organizations)
for Affordable Health Care - This Maine coalition works
for affordable healthcare through legislative action, education, and
and Disability Advocates - A
site with information related to children/families with a disability,
employment in the workforce, and access to health care for people with
as Self Advocates — KASA is a national,
grassroots network of youth with special needs and their friends,
speaking on their own behalf. The site includes forums for youth
to speak out, artwork by youth, and updates on news and rallies.
Legal Assistance -
A Q & A about free hospital care, that explains your rights and
regulations about free hospital care in the state of Maine.
About Our Kids — This site offers information about the physical and mental health
development of infants and children. It has an A-Z disorder guide and
a parents' resources section. The site is hosted by the Child Study
Center at the NYU School of Medicine.
Angels Dancing with Horses - A non-profit therapeutic riding program.
- The Care Notebook and Care Organizer are tools for families who have
children with special needs. You can use the Care Notebook to keep track
of important information about your child's health and care. This makes
it easier to find and share key information with your child's providers.
Health Guide — This federal guide explains preventive care for children, such
as checkup visits, immunizations, and tests and exams, and provides
guidance on related issues.
Environmental Health Network - This
site provides resources about how air quality, water quality, lead,
mercury and other environmental concerns can affect children's health.
It released a report card evaluating the government's effort in protecting
and improving children's health.
School Health Programs - This is a joint program
between Maine Department of Education and Maine Department of Health and Human Services to connect children's
health and education.
for Families — The
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry offers fact
sheets on topics such as: understanding violent behavior, questions
to ask before psychiatric hospitalization, talking to kids about
mental illness, as well as condition-specific fact sheets on emotional
and behavioral issues.
KidsHealth - This
site has areas for kids, teens, and parents to access with age-appropriate
content and information on relative health issues.
Lead Prevention Program - The
Maine Lead Prevention Program provides information to families who
are concerned about lead poisoning.
Dirigo Health Plan — This is a new type of affordable health care coverage
being developed in the state. It will be available to employees of small
businesses that join the program after July 2004.
Guide to MaineCare — This is a great guide that explains MaineCare (Medicaid) benefits
and how to apply for them. It was developed by Maine Equal Justice Partners.
This is an interactive questionnaire that identifies government benefits
you may be eligible for and explains how to apply for them. The site
allows you to put in information without including your name or social
Care Coach -
This is a website to help you take control of your health care and get
the best out of the system. It has facts and "do-it-yourself" tips for advocating for your health care and insurance needs.
Insurance Information -
This site is a consumer guide for getting and keeping health insurance.
There is information specific to Maine.
Medicaid Resource Book -
This reference book describes four pivotal aspects of how the Medicaid
program operates -- who it covers, what it covers, how it is financed,
and how it is administered.
Tree Legal Assistance - Health Care Guides -
Information about MaineCare deductibles, MaineCare estate recovery,
your right to free hospitalization is included on this page.
This organization has locations throughout Maine and provides access
to health care for people with limited incomes.
Phone: (877) 883-1797
Maine Healthcare - This is a network of healthcare agencies
throughout central, eastern, and northern Maine. The site includes a
physician finder and an online library of resources related to health
Goodwill Industries of Northern New England - Goodwill Industries of Northern New England helps people with disabilities live more independently. Our mission is “through employment, residential, educational and support services, Goodwill works to enhance the social and economic independence of people with disabilities and others who experience barriers to such independence”.
Health - MaineHealth is a network of healthcare agencies
and hospitals. The site has a directory of the doctors in their network,
information about target diseases (diabetes, asthma, etc.), listing
of long-term care and home health agencies.
Rural Health Clinics - This
link shows the addresses and phone numbers of the tural health clinics
that provide primary and preventive care to Mainers. Once on this page,
you will need to click on "Licensed Health Facilities Search".
This site is a quick screening to detect whether or not you abuse alcohol.
- Find a practitioner
or treatment center, learn about disorders and conditions, read about
medications used in mental health treatment, get the latest mental health
news, locate resources for emotional growth and healing, search for
books, and more!
Breast Health Access
for Women with Disabilities -
This site helps women with disabilities feel comfortable going to have
an OB-GYN appointment, what to expect and how they can make it less
The American Academy of Family Physicians sponsors this site.
You can search on a variety of topic areas: symptoms, conditions, diseases.
If you're not sure of a medical term, you can enter it into their "dictionary" to find out what it means.
InSite Gateway — This website offers information on HIV/AIDS treatment, prevention
Information — One of the most comprehensive sites on HIV/AIDS, it has links
to discounted prescription drugs, an "ask the experts" section,
treatment information for those who are newly diagnosed and those who
have been living with AIDS.
for Family-Centered Care — This non-profit organization promotes family-centered care.
The site offers an online bulletin board, information on networking
Cancer Foundation - The Maine Cancer Foundation focuses
on research and education programs and sponsors Discovery Weekend, where
individuals learn how to live with and survive cancer.
Immunization Program — This
site connects you to the immunization information located on the Maine
Center for Disease Control and Prevention website.
and Child Health Library
Net — This is a crowded site, but it has lots of different
ways to search for diseases, conditions, symptoms, and general health
information. The authors are board certified physicians.
Women's Health Resources — Located on the National Women's Health Information Center website,
the Health Information for Minority Women section provides information
about nutrition, wellness, health risks, and leading health concerns
of minority women.
Institute of Environmental Health Sciences - This
site is a national resource designed to look at how the environment
affects our health. It has current information on resources, news,
Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome - This
site offers a host of information and tips regarding fetal alcohol
syndrome, the associated dangers of drinking alcohol during pregnancy
and the relationship to mental retardation.
National Women's Health Information Center -
A resource for women with disabilities with a host of information on
how to get the most out of the "system."
MD - "Promoting
Awareness in Healthcare, Medical and Deaf" is a volunteer organization
of medical students, deaf and hard of hearing healthcare recipients,
healthcare providers, medical school faculty that works to improve the
quality of healthcare offered to deaf and hard of hearing individuals.
and Women with Spinal Cord Injury -
This resource has very worthwhile information on the many aspects of
pregnancy after a spinal cord injury.
Guide to Quality and Culture
Take a quiz to check your cultural competence as a provider. Find out
about concerns and practices of various ethic groups so that you can
deliver service effectively.
State of Maine Drinking Water Program - This site
has information regarding Maine's effort to keep the drinking water supply
healthy for Maine's citizens.
- This site
offers a searchable engine to find any information related to health
care topics and breaking health care news that you could want.
and HIV - This
site contains a comprehensive, internet-based library of materials
on mother and child HIV infection. It includes information about
preventing mother-to-child HIV transmission (PMTCT), infant feeding,
clinical care of women and children living with HIV infection,
and the support of orphans.
Mental Health and Substance Abuse
look on the Parents' Resource page and the Elders
page for more information.)
AMHI Consent Decree - This
guide was developed by the Disability Rights Center. It explains the
rights of consumers governed by the Augusta Mental Health Institute
on Tap - This
site offers information to teenagers who use alcohol, or who were
raised in a family where alcohol was abused.
Healthgate's Mental Health Guide — The
Mental Health Guide is a comprehensive and concise guide to mental
health conditions and medical procedures.
Information from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration - Just
enter a Maine city or town and this page will list all the substance
abuse treatment facilities near that location.
Mental Health Resources -
From the National Mental Health Information Center, this page lists
over 200 facilities providing mental health services in Maine. http://www.mentalhealth.samhsa.gov/databases/
Office of Substance Abuse -
This is a Maine State site with all sorts of information for consumers,
families, and providers on alcohol and other substance abuses.
Health Information — This
is not the most easy site to use. First click on the condition
you are interested in and then repeat this on the next page.
You will find descriptions of the conditions, treatment, and
research. There is a section that requires payment to access
Health InfoSource— Intended
for providers, this site may also be useful to consumers. Go
to the "A-Z Disorder Index" to find information on
mental health conditions.
Disorders Network - The
Mood Disorders Network is a consumer run organization that provides
information on mood disorders and support groups for people with
mood disorders. They sponsor workshops, trainings, presentations,
and distribute a bi-monthly newsletter. They have no website,
but their e-mail is:
Maine (National Alliance for the Mentally Ill) - NAMI
Maine is a grassroots, nonprofit organization that supports
improving the quality of life of everyone affected by mental
are provided both directly and through a statewide structure
of local affiliates and support groups.
A Handbook for Families - This
is a large website with comprehensive information on diagnosis,
treatment, and information about schizophrenia.
House— This organization provides supported housing for adults (18+)
with mental illness and administers rental housing subsidies for Cumberland
Disease & Gluten-Free Diet Support Page - The Celiac
Disease & Gluten-Free Diet Support Page provides information and
support for people with celiac disease or gluten intolerance.
Maine Fish Consumption Advisory — This
is a State website with information about the nutritional value of
fish consumption and how to safely cook fish to avoid illness.
Nutrition Network — The
Maine Nutrition Network (MNN) is a collaboration of public and private
partners that promotes the health of Maine people.
for Children with Special Health Care Needs — This Washington state government website is a resource for those
involved in the monitoring or delivery of nutrition care for children
with special health care needs.
Rx Plus — Maine Rx Plus is a new benefit sponsored
by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services to help
reduce the high cost of prescription drugs for qualifying Mainers.
Prescription Benefit Guide -
This page should take you to the prescription benefit guide on the
Maine State site (Office of Elder Services).