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DHHS Invites Participation in Olmstead Community Forums….

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has announced dates for a series of forums designed to improve MaineCare services for people with disabilities.

Olmstead is a 1999 Supreme Court decision that requires states to provide individuals with disabilities options to receive services in the most community-like setting possible. Maine is updating its Olmstead roadmap, which identifies core values, related to being connected to local communities, that drive Maine’s long term services and supports system.

“DHHS encourages families and providers to participate in these forums in order to improve services for disabled Mainers,” said Ricker Hamilton, Deputy Commissioner of Programs for Maine DHHS. “Community-based programs allow disabled Mainers to stay in their homes, and their voices, along with the voices of those who care for them, need to be heard if we are to provide the best services possible through MaineCare.”

The Department of Health and Human Services is seeking feedback from MaineCare recipients, family members, providers, and other interested parties as we define the updated roadmap. DHHS would like to know what is needed in local communities to support people remaining in their homes and meaningfully connected with their communities in lieu of institutional care.

August 5, 2015
1:00 – 3:00 PM
Scarborough Town Hall
259 U.S. Route 1
Scarborough, ME

August 6, 2015
1:00 – 3:00 PM
Payne Homestead
14 Atlantic Avenue
Vinalhaven, ME

August 10, 2015
2:00 – 4:00 PM
Moore Community Center
5 General Moore Way
(125 State Street)
Ellsworth, ME

August 11, 2015
1:00 – 3:00 PM
Seniors Plus
8 Falcon Road
Lewiston, ME

August 12, 2015
1:00 – 3:00 PM
Department of Health and Human Services – Caribou
30 Skyway Drive, Unit 100
Caribou, ME

For questions regarding the forums, please contact Nicole Rooney at 207.287.9221 or email [email protected]


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Important Announcement about MaineCare Waiver Services!

Information being passed on from the Disability Rights Center in Maine:

Thousands of individuals with disabilities receive home and community support services through one of Maine’s Home & Community Based Services waivers.  Recently, the Federal Medicaid agency made new rules about how services are delivered to people with disabilities in the community.  These new rules require that DHHS create a plan that will make big changes to how services are provided in Maine.  This plan is called the transition plan and on Monday, December 15, 2014 you will be able to read the plan that could impact YOUR services. 

 Download your copy of the plan here:

 YOU have a chance to tell DHHS thoughts about how community integration is important and also where it is or is not happening.  This plan may change the way you receive services and your feedback is important because Maine cannot write a good plan without your help!  DHHS has to submit this plan to the Federal Medicaid agency by March 17, 2015.  Time will soon run out, so don’t miss your opportunity to be heard!

 DHHS will also be holding a public forum to provide more information about the transition plan and answer any questions you may have.  This is a great opportunity to learn about changes that could affect YOU!  

When: Friday, December 19, 2014, 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Where: Five video conferencing locations at University of Maine campuses:

§  University of Maine at Augusta

o   Katz Library, Rm 5 – 20 Jewett Dr, Augusta

§  University of Maine at Presque Isle

o   Pullen Hall, Rm 115 – 181 Main St, Presque Isle

§  University of Southern Maine

o   Wishcamper Center, Rm 133 – 88 Bedford St, Portland

§  University of Maine at Orono

o   126 Barrows Hall – intersection of Long and Flagstaff, Orono

§  University of Maine at Ft Kent

o   Cyr Hall, Grindle Conference Rm – 23 University Dr, Ft Kent

 If you need accommodations in order to participate in the forum, please contact Deb Caron at 207.287.4242 before December 17, 2014.


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