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 January 15, 2022
Family Health

21 individuals served Maternal & Child Health
10 clients seen at Portland Community Free Clinic
34 (14 new)  STD Clinic clients seen 
9 individuals assisted by Minority Health Program's Mental Health First Aid
City of Portland's new flyers for the mask mandate and PPE distribution were translated into Arabic, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Somali

Chronic Disease Prevention Program  Tobacco Prevention Program
       - Passed 2 policies
       - Year in Review Newsletter
Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL)
        - New CHPS began
        - SNAP-Ed and Let's Go! Staff approved to work with Resettlement                      Coordinator on food needs at sheltering hotels   
Needle Exchanges: 83 (48 onsite & 35 outreach)
Needles collected: 10,037
Needles distributed: 9,664
Narcan kits (2 doses/kit) distributed: 59


Family Shelter 21 new GA families (74 people) presented for shelter
High census of 201 families (679 people) in hotels
High census of 24 families (63 people) sheltered

*We are extending families in the hotels while we have positive cases in the Family Shelter.
   
Oxford Street Shelter 285 people served overall
220 clients served nightly, on average

FY22 Housing Placements 64 single adults
39 families of 122 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.