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Housing & Financial Assistance


Shalom House

A resource for housing, case management for adults diagnosed with a mental health disorder.

 

Office of Family Independence Services

Department of Health and Human Services-To apply for services adults with mental health, physical, and developmental disabilities.

 

Subsidized Housing-Maine

Rental Options-Maine State Housing Authority.

 

Emergency Shelters-Maine

A list of emergency housing options.

 

Florence House

Permanent housing for women.

 

Kennebec County-Fresh Start

Fresh Start (NRFCO/Community Outreach)

This program is available to people starting over in the greater Augusta area. The program is focused on creating better lives by providing household items people need to furnish their new living arrangements. (Kitchen, Bathroom and Bedroom)

The telephone line is not staffed, please leave a message and they will call you back (207-242-7872)

Email: FreshStart352@gmail.com

Care Partners Financial Assistance for Medical Coverage

Resource for those without health insurance.

 

Financial Assistance

Get help and locate assistance programs in all areas of Maine, including Portland.

 

Benefits Counseling Services

Work Incentives are special rules that apply when a Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI, DWD, CDB) beneficiary or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipient returns to work. There are many different types of work incentives that may protect your eligibility for benefits including MaineCare or Medicare, and that may make you eligible for funding to advance your career. The rules are different depending on whether you receive SSI or Social Security for disability. If you receive both benefits, both sets of rules apply.

 

Find Rental Properties in Maine

Rental housing programs offered in Maine.


Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness

The PATH program is designed to support the outreach, engagement and delivery of services to eligible persons who are homeless and have serious mental illnesses and/or co-occurring substance abuse disorder with a particular emphasis on: persons most in need of services and/or engagement by an Outreach Worker; services which are not supported by mainstream mental health programs.

Non-Emergency Transportation for Maine Care Covered Services

MaineCare offers Non-Emergency Transportation (NET) for eligible members. You may be able to get a ride to your appointment or your ride reimbursed by MaineCare if the appointment is covered by MaineCare and you are eligible for transportation services.

 

Autism Resources

 

Autism Society of Maine

Education, advocacy, support and public awareness form the cornerstones of the Autism Society of Maine's efforts to carry forth their mission. Support groups, camps, retreats, and other services and supports are offered.

 

15 Behavior Strategies for Children on the Autism Spectrum

Resource providing information for children on the Autism Spectrum.

 

How to Create a Backyard Sanctuary for Kids with Disabilities

Options for children and creating a safe welcoming space within their home.

 

Strategies for Working with Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

A resource for working with children on the Autism Spectrum, tips and suggestions.

 

Helping Asperger's Teens to Survive and Thrive: 15 Key Steps

A helpful article offering suggestions for teens who have been diagnosed with Asperger's.

 

Creating a Home Atmosphere of Solitude to Help Cope with Adult Autism

Information for Adults living with Autism.

 

Autism and Sleep Disorders

 

Autistic Home Decorating: Make Your Home Autism Friendly

 

12 Ways to Prevent, and Respond to, ASD Wandering

 

How to Help Your Child with ASD Overcome Her Fear of the Dentist and Establish Lifelong Healthy Oral Hygiene Habits

 

10 Tips for Getting Your Autistic Child Through a Haircut

 

The Top 3 Challenges to Finding a Babysitter for Your Special Needs Child — and How to Overcome Them

 

The Best Strategies for Calming Autistic Tantrums and Meltdowns

 

Do Sensory Processing Issues Get Better Over Time?



Grief Support

 

Maine Grief Support Centers Listed by County

A list of grief support centers by county specifically for the state of Maine.

 

Chans Hospice Volunteers Grief Support Groups

Offers various grief support groups and other services regarding bereavement, grief, and loss in the Mid-Coast area.

 

Hello Grief

A place to share and learn about grief and loss.

 

Maine General-Augusta

Grief support groups and services offered.

 

Maine Grief Support Groups

Clinical support groups found in Psychology Today.

 

Bereavement Support

Hospice of Southern Maine offering grief support, groups, individual support at no cost.

 

Bangor Area Grief Support

Grief and health support through Brookings-Smith.

 

Grief Recovery After Substance Passing-Maine Chapter

Support for family members, friends, who have lost someone to substance abuse disorder.

 

Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County

Support groups and workshops offered at no cost, pre-registration is requested. 

For those who have lost a loved one to drug overdose: Wednesday's, Oct. 17-Nov. 28, 5:30-7pm (No meeting on Nov. 21st). 14 McKenzie Ave. (HVHC), Ellsworth

 

For Widows, Widowers & Partners: Monday's starting Oct. 15-Dec. 3, 11:00 am-1:00 pm

St. Francis by the Sea Church, Blue Hill

 

For those who have lost a loved one: Wednesday's, Oct. 17-Dec 12, 11:00 am-1:00 pm 

(No meeting Nov. 21) 14 McKenzie Ave. (HVHC), Ellsworth

 

For parents and grandparents who have lost a child: Thursday's, Oct. 18-Dec. 13, 5:00 pm-7:00 pm: 14 McKenzie Ave. (HVHC), Ellsworth  (No meeting on Thanksgiving) 

 

Workshops: For Aging and Loss, Monday's, Oct. 15-Nov 19, 11:00 am-1:00 pm Located at Friends and Action Senior Center Room 215, Ellsworth 

For more information and to register contact: click on the link above or call 207-667-2531

Please register at least one week prior to start date. 

 

 

  Mental Wellness and Support

 

NIMH Clinical Trials
Click the above link to learn more about National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Clinical Trials that are currently recruiting nationwide

 

Depression and Dental Health: Exploring the Connection

 

7 Diet Changes that can Help Depression

 

15 Minute Yoga for Stress Relief

 

10 Ways Pets Support Mental Health 

 

Mental Health at Home: Designing the Perfect Mediatation Room

 

How to Practice Mindfulness Daily

 

Impact of Sleep on Mood And Mental Well-Being

 

Surviving Sexual Assault: What you Need to Know About PTSD and Substance Abuse

Support for those who need help surviving through a traumatic event.

 

Are You An Anxiety Junkie? 7 Strategies to Break the Addiction (with video)

Support regarding anxiety and tips for coping skills and identifying when there is a problem with anxiety.

 

Depression in Teens: The Warning Signs and How to Help Them Through

Identifying signs and symptoms of depression in teenagers.

 

The Emotional and Psychological Effects of Cancer

Support regarding serious illness.

 

Confronting a Terminal Diagnosis as a Family

Support regarding terminal illness and diagnosis.

 

Student Mental Health Awareness and Resources Guide

Promoting student mental health, expert advice and school resources for understanding disorders and getting help.

 

Preventing Drug Abuse and Alcohol Addiction

College student’s guide to avoiding drug and alcohol abuse, addiction, recovery and navigating substance use culture on campus.

 

Teens and Drugs - What Parents Can Do

The Signs. The Conversation. The Response.

 

Guide to Suicide Prevention for Students and Parents

How to support your High School or College Student.

 

Eating Disorders Guidebook

Find help for Anorexia, Bulimia & Binge Eating on Campus.

 

Alcohol Awareness for Students

How to stay safe and prevent binge drinking and DUI's.

 

Suicide Prevention In College

A Valuable Resource Guide on Emergency Assistance, Warning Signs & Prevention of Suicide in College Students 

 

Suicide and Depression Awareness for Students

This guide is dedicated to helping those who are suffering or have suffered from depression, suicidal thoughts or suicide attempts. It is also designed for concerned friends and family members who might be worried that someone they love will experience death by suicide. Finally, it is meant for students, so that they might spot the warning signs of suicide in others – or in themselves – and find the proper resources.

Maintaining Mental Health In College

A Student’s Guide to Recognizing Disorders, Seeking Help and Promoting Wellness

 

Suicide Prevention in College

A valuable resource guide on emergency assistance, warning signs & prevention of suicide in College Students

 

Other Community Resources

 

Questions to Ask Regarding Your Child's Individual Education Plan

Do you have questions about your child's education plan? Do you wonder what an IEP is and how you can advocate for your child's needs at school? This information will answer some of these questions.

Maine Parent Federation

The Maine Parent Federation has many resources for parents living with children with disabilities. Frequently asked questions and resources can be found here. Volunteers are available to attend IEP meetings for additional support if needed for your child. 

Benefits Counseling Services

A resource for consumers who collect social security benefits such as SSDI, DWD, CDB, or have social security disability insurance or beneficiary or supplemental security income (SSI). A benefits specialist can help navigate this complicated system. 

Kennebec Valley Queer Coalition

Kennebec Valley Queer Coalition is thrilled to announce the start of their monthly LGBTQ+ social events! These events are substance-free, and open only to someone age 14+ who identifies as part of the LGBTQ+ community. 

Our first event will take place on 29 September, from 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, in Fellowship Hall, at Pleasant Street United Methodist Church, 61 Pleasant Street, Waterville.

We will have food, board games, face paint supplies, music, karaoke, and dancing.

 

Young People in Recovery (YPR)-No age requirement, Tuesday nights in Augusta 6pm-7pm, 9 Church Street (South Parish Congregational Church) They also can be found here: YPR-Young People in Recovery

 

Substance Abuse Treatment Centers

 

Maine General Residential Program

9 Spruce Street Augusta

207-621-7218

 

The Discovery House 

21 Airport Rd. 

Waterville 207-872-7272

 

Discovery House Bangor

74 Dowd Rd. 207-518-7818

 

Operation Hope Waterville

207-680-4700

Operation Hope Scarborough

207-730-4200 x3180

 

Rockland Metro Treatment Center

166 New County Rd. Rockland

207-596-0312

The Farm Aroostook Mental Health Center

Limestone Maine 800-244-6431

 

Milestone Recovery 

65 India St. Portland 207-775-4790

Infinity House Wellspring 

Bangor 207-217-6550 x501

4-6 month residential treatment for women

 

Main Stay Opportunity Alliance

165 Cumberland Ave. Portland 207-523-5049

 

211 Maine

Resource guide for substance abuse treatment centers in Maine

 

You are Not Alone in Your Addiction

 

Seven Things to Expect when you go to Rehab

Many People Don't Know What to Expect From Addiction Treatment 

 

How Addiction Affects Sleep

 

Resources for Alcoholics and Problem Drinkers

 

 

Legal Resources

 

Looking for an Attorney?

Find the Right Lawyer with the Lawyer Referral Service.

(800)-860-1460


Board of conduct to file a complaint against an attorney

The Board and its Mission:

The Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar was created by the Maine Supreme Judicial Court in 1978 to govern the conduct of lawyers as officers of the Court. The Board is an independent agency under the jurisdiction of the Court.

The mission of the Board of Overseers of the Bar is to encourage and promote competent and ethical practice by members of the Maine Bar, and to make these standards known to members of the public so that they have confidence in the legal profession in Maine. The Board accomplishes its mission on several fronts including attorney registration, continuing legal education requirements, ethical guidance, and attorney regulation. 

Ethics Helpline for Registered Maine Attorneys:

The Board of Overseers of the Bar provides assistance to Maine attorneys through its "Ethics Helpline" on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays - 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. To speak with one of the Board's staff attorneys, call the Board's office at 207-623-1122. 

 

Maine Legal Help Resource

Use HelpMELaw to find:

  • People who may be able to help you with a specific legal problem
  • Information about laws that affect you

To find help on a specific legal topic, follow the "Search" link.

To browse library of easy-to-read legal materials, go to  "Legal Library".

 

Maine Community Law Center

 

Maine Grievance Process

Grievance Process Guide for Recipients of Mental Health Services


Crisis Hotlines

 

Statewide Crisis Number for Maine 1-888-568-1112

 

Intentional Warm Line 1-866-771-9276

 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK(8255)  for free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. 

 

Veterans Crisis Line – veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Support for deaf and hard of hearing individuals is available.

 

Crisis Text Line – free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. Text 741741 from anywhere in the US to text with a trained Crisis Counselor.

 

Trans Lifeline – call 1-877-565-8860 for a hotline staffed by transgender people for transgender people. Trans Lifeline volunteers are ready to respond to whatever support needs community members might have.

 

Disaster Distress Helpline – call 1-800-985-5990 for a 24/7 national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster.

 

The Trevor Project – a national 24-hour, toll free confidential suicide hotline for LGBTQ youth. If you are a young person in crisis, feeling suicidal, or in need of a safe and judgment-free place to talk, call 1-866-488-7386 to connect with a trained counselor.