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

Weekly service data for the Health & Human Services Department
Program Week Ending May 7, 2022
Family Health

27 individuals served Maternal & Child Health
13 individuals served at Portland Community Free Clinic
23 (6 new) individuals served at STD clinic 
Orientation services to 10 families at the Family Shelter

Chronic Disease Prevention Program  Tobacco Prevention Program
         - Policies Passed: 1
         - Maine Quitlink Training to Pine Tree Recovery Center: 14 attendees
         - Sidekicks training at Jordan Small Middle School: 28 students
             Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL Program)
          -   $10,000 secured from Good Shepard Food Bank for instant pots and other                 necessities for new Mainer families
Needle Exchanges: 139 ( 68 onsite & 71 outreach)
Needles collected: 10,466
Needles distributed: 10,211
Narcan kits (2 doses/kit) distributed: 56.5
       - Fentanyl Test Strip Kits (3 strips/kit) distributed: 21
- New Clients Enrolled: 14
- Reversals Reported:  14 (0 fatalities)

Family Shelter  30 new GA families (97 people) presented for shelter
High census of 325 families (1,137 people) in hotels
High census of 25 families (71 people) sheltered
Oxford Street Shelter 306 people served overall
231 clients served nightly, on average

FY22 Housing Placements 90 single adults
61 families of 194 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.