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ORONO, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Mental illness can disrupt a person's thinking, feeling and ability to handle daily functions. And in some cases, for children who live with a parent who is not getting proper treatment, it can lead to physical or psychological harm.

On Thursday, the 20th Annual Maine Child Welfare Conference was held, so community leaders can learn more about how to identify parents with mental illness. Health experts said the two mental illnesses that are linked to most child maltreatment is substance abuse and depression.

This conference was to teach community leaders how to identify parenting risk behaviors, learn how to get the parent's treatment support and assist the abused kids.

Executive Director for Adoptive and Foster Families, Bette Hoxie said, "The Department of Health and Human Services isn't to take families a part it's to put families back together and give them the support needed."

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