Report finds lack of mental health services for children

The Associated Press
Posted: Jan. 10, 2019 7:00 am Updated: Jan. 10, 2019 11:10 am

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) The administration of Maine's new Democratic governor has released a report finding the state is struggling to help children with unmet needs for mental health services.

The Department of Health and Human Services released the report Wednesday. Massachusetts-based firm Public Consulting Group conducted the report under former Republican Gov. Paul LePage's administration.

The report said a lack of access to outpatient, home- and community-based, and residential services leads to children winding up in the emergency room and psychiatric hospital. The report found an increase in the number of children waiting months for certain services.

The report's recommendations include addressing shortages in the health care workforce and reforming the process of assigning providers for children waiting for services.

Gov. Janet Mills' administration plans to review the report.