Maine's Pilot Program for Regional Mental Health Boards Lacked State Support

Consumer and family controlled regional mental health boards

The State of Maine Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation in Augusta established a pilot regional mental health board, the Southern Maine Regional Mental Health Board.

This board, consisting of mental health care consumers and their families, community members, and paid professional staff, assumed local responsibility for planning, provision, and oversight of mental health care services.

Key Results

  • The Maine Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation created the Southern Maine Regional Mental Health Board to serve as the public mental health authority for York and Cumberland Counties.

  • The Southern Maine Regional Mental Health Board, under contract with the state:

    • Developed a regional mental health plan.
    • Designed a resource allocation process.
    • Allocated system resources.
    • Began administering regional mental health services in July 1995.
  • Based on consumer and family opinions and preferences, the Southern Maine Regional Mental Health Board developed a three-year plan that:

    • Created a network of services.
    • Prioritized services based on consumer preferences.
    • Established quality criteria for service delivery.
    • Expanded financial resources to purchase services.

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