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Category: Health and Human Services

Democrats block LePage bill to put mental health patients in prison

Posted: April 06, 2016

AUGUSTA — Democrats in the Maine Senate on Wednesday blocked a bill by Gov. Paul LePage that would allow the state to transfer mental health...

Sen. Breen: Mental health cuts will devastate families like mine

Posted: April 01, 2016

Gov. LePage’s Department of Health and Human Services recently announced its plan to make dramatic cuts to services for people living with...

Sen. Libby urges GOP to choose welfare reform over welfare politics

Posted: March 24, 2016

AUGUSTA — Sen. Nate Libby, D-Lewiston, is urging his colleagues in the House and Senate to focus the remainder of the session on on real,...

Democrats unveil 'Welfare that Works' reform package

Posted: March 10, 2016

Plan restores accountability, puts Mainers to work, prevents fraud and abuse AUGUSTA — Maine’s Democratic leaders on Thursday unveiled...

Alfond’s bill to fight child hunger wins bipartisan support

Posted: March 01, 2016

AUGUSTA — A bill by Senate Democratic Leader Justin Alfond to streamline needless bureaucracy and improve access to anti-hunger programs for...

Access to food for thousands of hungry Mainers at stake in Alfond’s bill

Posted: February 25, 2016

AUGUSTA — During a public hearing Thursday at the Health and Human Services Committee, Senate Democratic Leader Justin Alfond, D-Portland,...

Haskell: Prison is no place for innocent, sick Riverview patients

Posted: February 05, 2016

The state-run psychiatric hospital in Augusta has many, many problems, and Governor Paul LePage’s plan to fix it is to put sick, innocent...

Senate Democrats blast LePage plan to mix Riverview patients, prisoners

Posted: February 02, 2016

AUGUSTA — Gov. Paul LePage’s proposal to mix severely mentally ill patients with convicted criminals will face fierce resistance by Senate...

Sen. Haskell: Bills to support treatment key to solving drug crisis

Posted: January 29, 2016

  AUGUSTA — Sen. Anne Haskell of Portland, the leading Senate Democrat on the Health and Human Services Committee, released the following...

Comprehensive anti-drug bill becomes law after unanimous votes in House and Senate

Posted: January 19, 2016

AUGUSTA — The Maine Legislature on Tuesday voted unanimously to enact a law that represents a first step in combating the state’s deadly drug...