Mills Proposes $$ to Bolster Health Services

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Governor Janet T. Mills (D), the first woman governor of Maine and its first attorney general, yesterday proposed an additional $197. million in state funding to address immediate needs in Maine behavioral healthsystem and support ongoing improvements to MaineCare rates for behavioral health providers.  The added funding will leverage $17.1 million in Federal matching funds for a total of $ 36,8 million, which more than doubles the total behavioral health funding proposed ($28 million) as part of the Governor’s supplemental budget.  The Governor will propose the additional funding as part of her forthcoming change package to the supplemental budget for FY 22-23.

The proposal supports children’s residential care, assertive treatment for those with severe and persistent mental illness, targeted case management and outpataient therapy for children and adults through one-time supplemental payments and ongoing rate adjustments.

“The pandemic has taken a toll on the mental health of Maine people, increasing the need for services at the very same time that it exhausts the hardworking professionals who provide these services,” said Governor Mills in a press release issued by her office yesterday.  “This investment aims to stabilize our behavioral health system in the short-term.  Fundamentally, we must ensure that our behavioral health providers are paid adequately in order to provide high-quality, widely available services for Maine people.  These initiatives are an important step in that direction.”