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The Community Employment
Services Project

To Obtain Services

Employment Specialists know and work with local employers and resources.  They use this knowledge of the community to help you reach your goals.  To be eligible for services a person must:

  • be receiving or be eligible for MaineCare Section 17 services and
  • complete the Need For Change Scale.

Please contact your case manager or the employment specialist in your area to obtain additional information.


The Community Employment Services Project, begun in January 2008, is a project funded by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services.  In July 2010, the Maine Department of Labor, Bureau of Rehabilitation Services joined DHHS-SAMHS in its support to the project.


The primary aim of the project is to provide Supported Employment and Education services to individuals eligible for Section 17 MaineCare services (community integration) throughout the state of Maine.  Seven Employment Specialists work in a mental health host agency located in each Community Service Network (CSN) throughout the state, and are supervised by two Project Coordinators.  The goal of the project is to increase the rates of employment and education attainment for individuals with mental illness.

To find more information about the host agencies please go to the agency web sites listed below:

Aroostook Mental Health Center, Caribou
Community Care, Bangor
Kennebec Behavorial Health, Augusta
Tri County Mental Health Services & Common Ties, Lewiston
Catholic Charities Support & Recovery Services, Portland
Maine Behavioral Healthcare (formerly CSI), Saco.
Maine Behavioral Healthcare (formerly MCMH), Belfast/Rockland

To find an Employment Specialist in the Community Service Network System in your area click here.

Please take this opportunity to check out an informative booklet "Is Work Missing From My LIfe?" . This is a useful booklet produced by Maine Medical Center's Vocational Services through a contract with the DHHS Office of Substance Abuse and Adult Mental Health Services.

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View success stories of Maine people who have reached their employment goals with our CSN Program Newsletters.

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An Employment Specialist Can Assist with...

Development of a job that matches your goals.

Job Preparation-resume, practice interviewing and support during the transition to employment.

And More!





Click here to go to Vocational Services   home page.

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