Behavioral health programs in Maine


We're strengthening the workforce and its services by helping practitioners develop a solid foundation of experience. We're creating opportunities for behavioral health professionals in Maine to build their skills and maintain certification. Our plans include:

  • Maintaining a calendar of events and training opportunities supported by our partners and other organizations
  • Enhancing the certification programs supported by Muskie School of Public Service including the Rehabilitation Technician I and Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician/Community certification programs
  • Broadening our partnerships with other continuing education providers to better serve behavioral health professionals in Maine
  • Supporting training initiatives funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
  • Serving as members of key leadership initiatives including the Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHS)'s Prevention Professional Credential development group
  • Creating, developing, supporting and promoting efforts related to addressing the learning goals of child welfare workers, providing medication-assisted treatment for substance abuse recovery, conducting cross-training on co-occurring disorders, and expanding community-level capacity to change practice

Creating an environment supporting professional growth and success will improve the quality of care behavioral health professionals provide to a diverse range of populations throughout the state. Provider-oriented initiatives within SAMHS will guide these efforts. These initiatives include building capacity, assessing needs, planning goals, sustaining training, and offering certification programs.


Program Spotlight

Child Welfare Substance Abuse (CWSA) committee is focused on building a seamless system of policies and programs between the state's child welfare system and substance abuse providers. Download an overview.
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and Drug Affected Babies is a combined effort to develop a full range of programs to prevent and serve those with an FASD as well as drug affected/exposed infants. Download an overview. Maine Disaster Behavioral Health is a mental health and substance abuse disaster preparedness planning effort. Behavioral Health intervention has become a valued dimension of immediate and long-term disaster response. Download an overview.
Maine's Enforcing the Underage Drinking Laws (EUDL) program offers a limited amount of no-charge training to Maine's law enforcement and community each year. Trainers are veteran law enforcement officers from Maine with expertise in underage drinking enforcement. Download an overview. Project Integrate! Is a statewide collaborative with a mission to Enhance the capacity of Maine's behavioral health treatment and recovery systems to treat tobacco addiction and promote tobacco-free living.
Download an overview.
State Adolescent Treatment Enhancement Dissemination (SAT-ED) is a state-wide initiative to enhance and expand treatment and recovery for adolescents (12-18 year olds) with substance use disorder and substance use with co-occurring mental health disorders. Download an overview.
The Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach (ACRA) is an Evidence Based Practice for the treatment of youth substance use and/or co-occurring mental health and substance use disorder. ACRA is designed to increase the positive family, social and community reinforces of a young person in order to support recovery, so the adolescent learns how to build a healthy lifestyle. Download an overview.


Strategic Planning Forums


Notes are available from three strategic planning forums held by the Maine Behavioral Health Workforce Development Collaborative in 2016-17. Click the forum title below to review the notes:

The Maine Behavioral Health Workforce Development Collaborative hosted four strategic planning forums throughout 2014-15 to address service gaps and needs within various segments of the population throughout Maine.

These groups were identified and selected based on the possibility that they are underserved by the behavioral health workforce and/or present new and unique challenges to the system. The format of these forums was a panel presentation by informed and active stakeholders within the particular community, followed by roundtable work groups comprised of the panel members and attendees. The audience was generally comprised of providers, community members or other interested professionals. The goal of each session was to inform the planning of the workforce development at the state level in the areas of prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery.

Click below to learn more about each forum: