Health & Human Services

Health & Human Services Dept December 2021 Update


The Health & Human Services Department is excited to unveil the co-location of key programs from the Social Services and Public Health divisions to a single, centralized location in the city.  Combining these services to one centralized location will reduce barriers to those who access vital services as well as enhance organizational efficiency.  In addition, the much larger physical space at the Forest Avenue location provides opportunities for program expansion as well as increased opportunities for physical distancing to maintain health and safety for staff and service recipients.  Check out The Unification of Portland's Health & Human Services project page.

Questions about HHS' move to 39 Forest Avenue? EMail HHSForest@portlandmaine.gov

Weekly service data for the Health & Human Services Department
Program Week Ending May 21, 2022
Family Health

19 individuals served Maternal & Child Health
13 individuals served at Portland Community Free Clinic
26 (12 new) individuals served at STD clinic 
Provided behavioral health support to 10 non-English speaking individuals

Chronic Disease Prevention Program  Tobacco Prevention Program
          - Presented Youth ENDS at  Greely Middle school:                                      31 attendees
          -  Youth ENDS presentation at Mahoney Middle School:  47                          attendees
           -  Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL Program)
               SNAP-Ed staff recorded virtual training classes
Needle Exchanges: 181 (110 onsite & 71 outreach)
Needles collected: 27,287
Needles distributed: 27,042
Narcan kits (2 doses/kit) distributed: 89
         
       - Fentanyl Test Strip Kits (3 strips/kit) distributed: 41
               
- New Clients Enrolled: 16
                
- Reversals Reported:  8 (1 fatality)

Family Shelter
High census of 299 families (1,066 people) in hotels
High census of 23 families (65 people) sheltered
   
Oxford Street Shelter 334 people served overall
253 clients served nightly, on average

FY22 Housing Placements 97 single adults
63 families of 202 individuals 
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About Us


The Health and Human Services Department consists of four unique divisions: Public Health Division, Social Services Divisionthe Barron Center, (A city-owned long-term care facility) Office of Elder Affairs.

We Strive to Enhance the Health and Well-Being of the Residents of Portland in Collaboration with our Community, State, and Federal Partners.