Maine: An Encyclopedia
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State Agencies

Executive Branch

The governor heads the executive branch of Maine government, which is composed of the Executive Department and the various specialized departments. (The other branches are the judicial and the legislative.) Executive agencies have been frequently “reorganized” with mergers, divisions, and … Continue reading

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Health and Human Services

Prior to 1975 known as the Department of Health and Welfare, the mission of this executive department is to protect and preserve the health and welfare of Maine citizens. More recently known as the Department of Human Services, it is … Continue reading

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Historic Preservation Commission, Maine

Maine Historic Preservation Commission (2001)

The Commission is responsible for the identification, evaluation, and protection of Maine’s significant cultural resources as directed by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. It is located at 55 Capitol Street in Augusta. It consists of eleven members as … Continue reading

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Mental Health and Mental Retardation

Bangor Mental Health Institute (2003)

This was the name of the former Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, now merged with the Department of Health and Human Services.  (Even earlier its functions were embedded in the old Department of Mental Health and Corrections.) Its … Continue reading

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Prison, Maine State in Thomaston

Guard Tower (2002)

was closed in February of 2002 after 178 years of housing inmates. In 1823, construction of the prison was approved by the Legislature. It was opened officially in July, 1824 to serve as a penitentiary where convicts were sentenced to … Continue reading

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