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The state of Maine knows that Employment First is "The Way Life Should Be" for all people with disabilities who dream of having a successful career in their community.

State VR Rates and Services

A list of services offered by this state’s Vocational Rehabilitation agency, along with the standard rates paid for the performance of those services.

PDF icon Maine’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
-0.06%
Change from
2014 to 2015
1,329,328
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-1.04%
Change from
2014 to 2015
115,013
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-10.91%
Change from
2014 to 2015
34,052
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-9.76%
Change from
2014 to 2015
29.61%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
-0.23%
Change from
2014 to 2015
79.70%

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 1,328,302 1,330,089 1,329,328
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 117,607 116,208 115,013
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 36,712 37,766 34,052
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 557,834 564,431 558,833
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 31.22% 32.50% 29.61%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 78.80% 79.88% 79.70%
Overall unemployment rate. 6.60% 5.70% 4.40%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 25.00% 25.40% 23.40%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 11.80% 12.00% 11.40%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 107,942 108,491 107,502
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 106,293 102,929 107,204
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 204,665 201,178 202,417
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 1,064 1,107 1,993
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 2,939 2,097 1,498
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 2,135 2,473 2,985
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 795 546 751
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 5,093 5,972 6,225
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 310 144 1,498

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 1,756 1,833 1,930
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 4.90% 5.00% 5.30%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 59,274 59,093 58,476

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 954 1,091 1,163
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 3,568 3,772 3,781
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 12,061 12,933 13,145
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 7.90% 8.40% 8.80%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.60% 1.50% 1.10%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 15.00% 6.00% 7.50%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 5.20% 4.60% 4.60%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 94 257 180
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 2,485 1,053 1,266
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 863 812 776
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A N/A N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 2,632 2,627 2,591
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.04 0.03 0.04

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2012 2013 2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 26 32 38
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 21 20 27
Percentage of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment relative to total the number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work. 81.00% 63.00% 71.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 1.58 1.51 2.03

 

VR OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
1,791
1,951
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 5 5 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 403 536 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 286 291 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 537 503 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 441 489 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 119 127 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 28.60% N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 1,474 1,941 2,402
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 84,453 84,478 84,620
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 104 N/A N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $4,000,000 $4,600,000 N/A
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $0 $0 N/A
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $0 N/A N/A
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $0 N/A N/A
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 27.00% 28.00% 28.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. N/A N/A 3,359
Number of people served in facility based work. 0 N/A 0
Number of people served in facility based non-work. N/A N/A 0
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 68.40 75.20 75.20

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 55.69% 55.67% 56.41%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 10.80% 10.71% 10.70%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 3.29% 3.33% 3.10%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 36.00% 63.36% 54.29%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14a). 23.16% 21.34% 22.98%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14b). 48.00% 37.49% 62.12%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or in some other postsecondary education or training program; or competitively employed or in some other employment within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14c). 82.64% 52.90% 89.38%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Subset of Indicator 14). 24.83% 16.15% 39.14%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 225,419
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 484
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 169,951
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 55,468
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 225,419
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 394
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 82
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 476
AbilityOne wages (products). $1,766,990
AbilityOne wages (services). $899,291

 

WAGE AND HOUR DIVISION: 14(c) CERTIFICATE-HOLDING ENTITIES OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding private businesses. 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 12 4 5
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 0 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 4 5
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding private businesses. N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 131 160
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 0 0
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 131 160

 


Maine LD 1549: Kim Wallace Adaptive Equipment Loan Program Fund - 03/29/2016

There is established the Kim Wallace Adaptive Equipment Loan Program Fund, which must be used to provide funding for loans to qualified borrowers within the State in order to acquire adaptive equipment designed to assist the borrower in becoming independent and for other purposes as allowed under section 376. The fund must be deposited with,  the Treasurer of State and contain appropriations provided for that purpose, interest accrued on the fund balance, funds received by the program administrator to be applied to the fund and funds received in repayment of loans. This fund is a nonlapsing revolving fund. All money in the fund must be continuously applied to carry out the purposes of this chapter.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Employment First Maine Act - 06/22/2013

“In carrying out its duties to provide services and supports to persons with disabilities, a state agency shall include as a core component of its services and supports the opportunity for persons with disabilities to acquire integrated community-based employment or customized employment… When entering into contracts with providers of services to persons with disabilities, a state agency shall include appropriate provisions regarding facilitating integrated community-based employment or customized employment "and ensuring measurable outcomes…A state agency shall incorporate standards for integrated community-based employment and customized employment into its processes for program monitoring and quality assurance.”
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maine Act To Provide Integrated Community-based & Customized Employment - 06/01/2013

The Bill promotes: 1. “Employment as core component of services and supports. In carrying out its duties to provide services and supports to persons with disabilities, a state agency shall include as a core component of its services and supports the opportunity for persons with disabilities to acquire integrated community-based employment or customized employment.”   2. “First and preferred service or support option. When providing services or supports to a person with a disability, a state agency shall offer to the person, as the first and preferred service or support option, a choice of employment services that will support the acquisition by the person of integrated community-based employment or customized employment.”   3. “Coordination of efforts and information.”   4. “Pursuit of employment; option. Nothing in this chapter may be construed to require a person with a disability who receives services from a state agency to accept employment services from that state agency or to experience a loss of services as a result of choosing not to explore employment options.”  
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Maine State Agency and Departments Protection and Advocacy of People with Disabilities (Title 5 c.11)

The agency has the following powers and duties:   Information and referral.  The agency may provide information on and referral to programs and services addressing the needs of persons with disabilities.  Advice.  The agency may advise and educate individuals on the rights of persons with disabilities and otherwise support and assist those persons in the protection of and advocacy for those rights.  Pursuit of remedies.  The agency may pursue administrative, legal and other appropriate remedies on behalf of persons with disabilities…  Report.  The agency shall prepare an annual report for submission to the Governor, the Legislature, the Commissioner of Health and Human Services and the Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. The report must describe the activities, accomplishments and expenditures of the agency during the most recently completed fiscal year  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging
  • Data Sharing

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.


Maine CITE (Assistive Technology Training) - 04/19/2017

~~“Training is an integral part of the Maine CITE Coordinating Center’s mission. Training activities range from face-to-face conference and smaller group presentations to on-line training webinars.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

“Proficiency Diplomas Guidance for Students with Disabilities” - 02/23/2017

~~“Question: In the law it states “maintains the integrity of the standards as specified in the IEP”. Clarification: the IEP can define the performance tasks and accommodations, but not articulate the standards, correct?Answer: Correct. The IEP cannot change the complexity of the thinking or the conceptual understandings or skill level the standards are requiring for the proficiency- based diploma. We recognize there are times when a child’s performance may not be at the high school level. In these cases, the IEP is written at the present level of performance to honor where the child is functioning and articulates the accommodations and methods for gaining and demonstrating proficiency (e.g., pathways, types of evidence) with the intent to continue to support growth towards proficiency at the high school level. This intent recognizes the growth in complexity and conceptual understandings within the progression of learning from elementary standards, to middle school standards, to high school standards and recognizes students will need the opportunity to learn and demonstrate proficiency in the earlier grade spans before they are ready to learn and demonstrate proficiency of the high school standards.” 

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

State of Maine 2017 Supplemental and 2018-2019 Biennial Budget Briefing - 01/06/2017

~~“Major requests for General Funds and staffing are in the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Rehabilitation Services, where additional monies and staff will minimize the potential of having to waitlist people with disabilities who want to be employed. Initiatives include:• Two Rehabilitation Counselors costing approximately $150,000 in 2018 and 2019 to fund a comprehensive program including such providers like Jobs for Maine’s Graduates to increase employment engagement outreach for youth with disabilities by 33 percent (from 3,000 students to 4,000).$390,000 in 2019 for Vocational Rehabilitation to minimize the potential of creating a waitlist for people with significant disabilities who want to work;” 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other

“Maine Workers with Disabilities” - 01/01/2017

~~“This webpage and interactive tables are modeled after a grant-funded publication entitled Snapshot: Maine Workers with Disabilities….The target audience and consumers of these data are members of Maine's disability community: people with disabilities, advocates, policymakers, service providers, employers and other stakeholders. Links to the CWRI website appear on Maine Department of Labor Bureau of Rehabilitation Services and Maine Department of Health and Human Services and http://employmentforme.org/ - Maine's clearinghouse for disability employment resources.” 

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development

Maine Employment First Coalition Report to the Governor, Legislature and State Agencies - 11/17/2016

“Employment First is a growing national and state-level effort to ensure gainful employment is a priority focus of publicly funded programs and services for people with disabilities. It is a banner under which states are taking proactive steps to increase the workforce participation rate of their working -age residents with disabilities, putting in place policies and programmatic strategies to ensure gainful employment is expected first and supported first so that each person with a disability has the opportunity to find and keep gainful employment that matches their skills and abilities with businesses who need those skills and abilities. There are few if any states that do not have any Employment First efforts underway. Yet turning the tide, and revamping publicly funded programs to expect, encourage and support work first, is no simple task. As we know, nothing worth achieving is ever easy or quickly accomplished”

Systems
  • Other

Maine’s Person Centered Planning Process for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities and Autism - 11/01/2016

“Person-Centered Planning (PCP) is the required annual planning process for adults receiving developmental services in Maine. PCP involves identifying and describing the person’s needs and goals as well as the paid and unpaid supports and services the person requires to live a meaningful and self-directed life. When Person-Centered Planning works, people have enhanced opportunities to make personal choices and experience independence.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maine Department of Labor Receives Grant to Improve Employment Rates of Youth with Disabilities - 10/11/2016

Commissioner of Labor Jeanne Paquette is pleased to announce that the U.S. Department of Education has awarded the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services, part of the Maine Department of Labor, $9 million to help students with disabilities prepare for postsecondary education and competitive integrated employment. Other states receiving a grant were California, Maryland, Massachusetts and Vermont.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maine Department of Labor Program and Service Guide; A guide to services for employers provided by the Maine Department of Labor - 10/01/2016

“Workforce Development—Fostering Industry Partnerships: Maine’s workforce development system maximizes the Return-on-Investment for federal and state training funds and increases the involvement of private-sector job creators with the Workforce Development System to improve business relevance. Industry Partnerships have become a cornerstone of Maine’s workforce development strategy through the implementation of best practices from other states. These partnerships drive the entire system by identifying skill gaps and human resource needs in targeted industries and high-priority occupations. Partnerships serve to solve workforce challenges within their industries, thereby improving our local, regional and state economies.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Maine Department of Labor, Bureau of Rehabilitative :Services: Employer Services - 07/15/2016

The Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) partners with businesses interested in the inclusion of people with disabilities into the workforce. We can help meet your workforce needs and expand your market share. We connect your business with qualified employees and services in your area, as well as nationwide resources that can support your business. BRS can also connect your business with other Maine-based businesses that hire people with disabilities and who are willing to share their experience. For more information, contact BRS's Business Relations Specialist.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Maine DHHS Biennial Plan for Services to Adults with Intellectual Disabilities or Autism 2015-2016 - 06/02/2015

Employment First - every person served will be offered the opportunity to work in community-based, integrated, competitive employment. Employment has become a required component of the Person Centered Planning process and assistance to identify and overcome barriers that are a core component of planning and waiver services.   We will take the following steps to advance Employment First:    1. Create and offer district Community of Practices to increase Career Planning staff competencies in providing the Discovering Personal Genius process to individuals receiving Home and Community Based waiver services for Sections 21 and 29. 1.3 Develop and implement an updated Employment Data assessment in EIS  employment outcomes for all waiver participants who go to work and access work supports…   1.4 Expand the Business to Business engagement occurring through the Maine Business Leadership Network (BLN)…  1.5 Review and expand options for work supports staff certification..  2. Enhance current Work Force Development System for employment services staff….    
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maine HCBS Transition Plan - 02/20/2015

This Transition Plan is required by the federal government as part of new Medicaid regulations. It tells the federal government how Maine will meet the new Medicaid rules. All states must follow the federal rules for the Medicaid program. Medicaid is a joint federal and state program that pays for certain medical and related services. In Maine, the Medicaid program is called MaineCare. An individual who gets services from MaineCare is called a member. The federal agency that is responsible for Medicaid is called the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (“CMS”). The new rules are about certain home and Community-Based services. These services are sometimes called “HCBS” for short. HCBS are services that people get in a community setting and are a different option from institutional services such as a hospital, nursing facility or intermediate care facility. There are many of types of home and Community-Based services and this can mean different things to different people.

 

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Maine mPower Loan Program - 01/02/2015

Maine Legislation created the Kim Wallace Adaptive Equipment Loan program (The mPower Loan Fund).  The program provides Maine citizens and businesses with affordable loans to create access, buy equipment and assistive technology to achieve greater independence, life enrichment, productivity and/or community participation.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Maine DHHS Employment Policy for Individuals Served - 10/07/2010

This is a Maine Department of Health and Human Services Employment Policy indicating that all individuals are “presumed able and have the opportunity to work.” The Department “shall support career development and meaningful employment for all working aged individuals receiving services through the Department. Employment is part of the natural course of adult life and provides opportunities for economic gain, personal growth and contributing to one’s community. The development of a skilled and motivated workforce is essential to meeting the needs of Maine businesses...

"Implementation of the DHHS Employment Policy will be driven by continuing quality improvement, quality assurance and service accountability consistent with the following tenets: 1. All individuals shall be presumed able and have the opportunity to work. 2. Career planning will result from a strength based approach identifying the individuals’ interests, capabilities and supports needed for successful employment. 3. Employment support will emphasize the development and use of natural connections such as co-workers, supervisors, friends and family. 4. Employment shall be in integrated businesses and offer compensation that is fair and equitable. 5. Employment services shall be culturally and linguistically appropriate. 6. Efforts to increase employment will be coordinated in partnership with other State and Private agencies working toward a strong, diversified Maine workforce.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

ME DoL Bureau of Rehabilitation Services - Basic Extended Support Program - 06/06/2010

“The purpose of the Basic Extended Support Program is to provide ongoing support needs to VR consumers with the most significant disabilities once training has been completed. The program provides financial assistance to providers of ongoing support and/or employers to help defray the additional cost incurred providing job coaching, training and supervision on a supported work site.” Includes rules on eligibility, appeals process, allowable services, case management, and termination.

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Maine Commission on Disabilities and Employment - 07/01/1997

The Commission was established by the legislature in 1997 and promotes collaboration with the public and private sectors to increase awareness and influence policy related to employment for people with disabilities. Its members envision a Maine workforce that includes all people with disabilities employed in jobs that meet both their economic and personal needs.

For more information about this committee, contact Garret Oswald, State Workforce Investment Board at (207) 621-5087.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maine State Plan for Assistive Technology Summary

~~“In 1989, the Governor appointed the Department of Education (DOE) as the lead agency for the Maine CITE Program. The Office of Special Services within the Department assumed responsibility for overseeing the activities of the Program.

The Program started with the Department of Education, the University of Maine System and Alpha One as the original partners. Partnerships broadened over the years to include private and public entities that provide AT devices and services to Maine people of all ages and disabilities. This partnership is now known as the Assistive Technology Consortia”

Systems
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

“Maine’s Person Centered Planning Process for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities and Autism”

“DHHS is committed to supporting career development and meaningful employment for all working-age individuals who receive services. Developmental Services is required under The Employment First Maine Act (Sec. A-1. 26 MRSA c. 39) to offer customized, individual employment services as the “first and preferred service option” before other day services. Employment is part of the natural course of adult life and provides opportunities for economic gain, personal growth and contributing to one’s community. All individuals shall be presumed able and have the opportunity to work as defined in DHHS Policy CS-01-10, Employment of People Served Policy. For more information, go to: http://www.employmentforme.org. “

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Maine Career Center “Maine Department of Labor, Bureau of Employment Services”

The Bureau of Employment Services (BES) provides comprehensive services to job seekers with disabilities. Through the CareerCenters' the BES is an Employment Network (EN) participating in the Ticket to Work Program (see below for details). Specific supports and services offered through the BES are:

Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA). The Maine Apprenticeship Program. Competitive Skills Scholarship Program (CSSP). Ticket to Work. Employment and training services for youth and older workers. Resources for employers. Referrals to partner agencies. Many other training and employment services.

The BES also offers job fairs, workshops and seminars through the CareerCenters, covering topics such as:

Ticket to Work- SSA Benefits Overview. Resume Building. Interview Practice. Career Planning and Skills Evaluation. And more.
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maine Department of Labor Program and Service Guide

Employment Services Provided by the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services

For Employers

• Pre-employment services — connect with potential employees through internships, mentoring opportunities and training that is customized to your needs or delivered on-the-job.

• Recruitment and referral — professional help with recruiting and matching you with qualified candidates.

• Staff training — get training for your staff on disability awareness, the Americans with Disabilities Act and topics related to disabilities and assistive technology in the workplace.

• Diversity — learn new strategies to support the inclusion of people with disabilities as customers and employees.

• Retention — get support services for employees who may develop or acquire a disability.

• Financial supports — find out the latest information on available tax credits and/or deductions for hiring or accommodating people with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Employment First Maine Coalition - 07/02/2013

Employment First Maine (EFM) is a broad based coalition of individuals with disabilities, families, advocates, providers and state agency representatives committed to improving and enhancing employment outcomes for Maine citizens with disabilities, including veterans with service-connected disabilities. EFM has worked for over 18 months, participated in the national Alliance for Full Participation and is now an active member of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability    Employment Policy’s Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program’s Community of Practice.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maine Developmental Disabilities Council

“The Maine Developmental Disabilities Council (MDDC) is a partnership of people with disabilities, their families, and agencies which identifies barriers to community inclusion, self determination, and independence. The Council acts to effect positive change through advocacy, training, demonstration projects, and support for other inclusive and collaborative systemic change activities.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maine’s Ticket To Work program

“Since 2003, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has mailed Tickets in Maine to eligible beneficiaries. SSA disability beneficiaries who receive a Ticket may use it to obtain the services they need from an Employment Network (EN) of their choice.” ENs currently accepting Tickets include Katahdin Friends, Inc., Maine Department of Labor Bureau of Employment Services-CareerCenters, Maine Bureau of Rehabilitation Services Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired and Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Maine Medical Center Department of Vocational Services, and Work Opportunities Unlimited.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maine Business Leadership Network

“The Maine Business Leadership Network is an employer-led affiliate of the US Business Leadership Network, a national organization that serves as the collective voice of over 60 Business Leadership Network affiliates across North America, representing over 5,000 employers."

“The Maine BLN will be focused on assisting businesses in attracting and retaining new employees and customers with disabilities, developing business leaders who value diversity and actively work to promote strong communities that include individuals with disabilities, and increasing opportunities for businesses to expand their diversity recruiting efforts, not as a social model but as a business case to recruit talent and better serve their customers.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Maine Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) - 10/01/2013

The Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) is a three-year federal grant program that improves education, training, employment opportunities, and employment outcomes for youth and adults with disabilities who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits. In 2010, Maine was awarded a Round 1 DEI grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment Training Administration. When this grant ended in 2013, a Round 4 grant was awarded. This grant began in 2013 and will end in 2016.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Maine Medicaid Balancing Incentives Program - 05/01/2013

The Balancing Incentive Program authorizes grants to States to increase access to non-institutional long-term services and supports (LTSS) as of October 1, 2011. The Balancing Incentive Program will help States transform their long-term care systems by: • Lowering costs through improved systems performance & efficiency • Creating tools to help consumers with care planning & assessment • Improving quality measurement & oversight The Balancing Incentive Program also provides new ways to serve more people in home and community-based settings, in keeping with the integration mandate of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as required by the Olmstead decision. The Balancing Incentive Program was created by the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (Section 10202). Maine applied for the BIP enhanced FMAP May 1, 2012. Maine’s application was awarded effective July 1, 2012

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Maine Money Follows the Person ("Homeward Bound")

“Money Follows the Person (MFP), known as Homeward Bound in Maine, is assisting individuals transitioning from institutional to community care and has provided enhanced public awareness of community services. MDS Section Q training for nursing facility staff in conjunction with the Maine Long Term Care Ombudsman Program is ensuring identification and referral of individuals interested in considering community living.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Maine Promoting the Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income (PROMISE) Program

“PROMISE is a joint initiative of the US Department of Education, Social Security Administration, US Department of Health and Human Services and US Department of Labor. Under PROMISE, states will be funded to develop and implement model demonstration projects that promote positive outcomes for children who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and their families. PROMISE will improve the provision and coordination of services and supports for child SSI recipients and their families to enable them to achieve improved outcomes. Outcomes include: graduating from high school ready for college and a career, completing postsecondary education and job training, and obtaining competitive employment in an integrated setting and, as a result, achieving long-term reductions in the child recipients’ reliance on SSI.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maine Department of Labor Program and Service Guide - 07/01/2016

Staff training — get training for your staff on disability awareness, the Americans with Disabilities Act and topics related to disabilities and assistive technology in the workplace.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Maine CareerCenter Staff Guide to Disability Work Incentives - 01/15/2011

“This resource guide is for CareerCenter staff and individuals who request information on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Work Incentives Planning and Assistance in order to prepare job seekers for employment options and related opportunities."

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment

Maine College of Direct Support - Work Supports Certificate

“Completion of the Maine College of Direct Support (ME CDS) is required for Direct Support Professionals supporting Maine citizens with intellectual disabilities and replaces the Direct Support Professional (DSP) Curriculum as meeting the training requirements for MaineCare Sections 21 and 29. ... Currently, there are four types of certificates available in the Maine College of Direct Support that can only be obtained through an agency providing services to people with intellectual disabilities:” (1) Maine College of Direct Support Certificate; (2) Maine College of Direct Support - Shared Living Provider Certificate; (3) Maine College of Direct Support - Work Supports Certificate; and (4) Maine College of Direct Support – Case Manager Orientation Certificate.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Maine Department of Health and Human Services' Staff Education and Training Unit

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services’ Staff Education and Training Unit offers a variety of in-person and online trainings for staff working with persons with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Center for Learning (CFL) at the Muskie School of Public Service

“By overseeing competency-based certification programs for staff working in the mental health field, CFL supports best practice and informs policy in the area of workforce development. In administering the Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician (MHRT) certification programs, CFL develops knowledge competencies, designs and implements quality assurance processes, and assesses workers' qualifications. CFL also collaborates with academic institutions and other agencies in Maine that provide education and training to ensure that mental health courses, programs and trainers meet standards outlined in the MHRT/C Procedural Guidelines and Trainer and Curriculum Standards”.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Access Maine Transition Planning Tool-kit

“This guide will serve as an introduction to the world of “Adult Services” and will hopefully answer these questions and more. Our goal is to provide you with information that will address some of your concerns about what it will be like for your child when he/she has completed schooling. All young adults are different, as are all families. There is no single “right plan” in transition planning and what some families want for their child may or may not be what you want for yours. The best planning occurs when it considers contributions from a variety of sources: the student, the family, the school, representatives from adult service agencies, and other involved community members. It is meant to improve a student’s employment ability, continuing education options, housing options, and to develop a social and recreational network that continues after high school.” 

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Consent Decree Plan Pursuant to Paragraphs 36, 37, 38 and 279 of the Settlement Agreement in Bates v. DHHS - 10/13/2006

This vocational plan:

•     Provides training and education to community support staff about the importance of employment to recovery and the engagement of the consumers in discussions about work, and adds the requirement for certification and ongoing education in employment as a required competency module;   

•     Funds additional Benefit Specialists so that misinformation and lack of information are removed as barriers to pursuing work; and

•     Increases both the prominence and possibility of employment by adding Employment Specialists to agencies in each of the seven community service networks.  The employment specialists will work directly with consumers, serve as a resource to providers, and coordinate employment support services between OAMHS and BRS.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation

MaineCare Benefits Manual Chapter II “Home and Community Based Services for Adults with Other Related Conditions” - 03/01/2017

~~“Application: After receiving the choice letter, the DHHS Care Monitor will meet with the member and guardian or legal representative (where applicable) and complete the initial ORC application. If the member appears to qualify and is interested in Money Follows the Person/ Homeward Bound MFP/HB, the member will be referred for MFP/HB determination for Money Follows the Person/ Homeward Bound MFP/HB. Enrollment and Transition coordination through MFP/HB will be provided per Money Follows the Person/ Homeward Bound MFP/HB program requirements as outlined in the CMS approved Operational Protocol for Money Follows the Person/ Homeward Bound MFP/HB.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

ME Home & Community Services for Adults w/ID or Autism Spectrum Disorder (0159.R06.00) - 07/01/2015

Provides community support, home support (1/4 hr), per diem home support, work support, communication aids, consultation, counseling, crisis assessment, crisis intervention, employment specialist services, home accessibility adaptations, non-traditional communication consultation, non-medical transportation, non-traditional communication assessment, OT (maintenance), PT, (maintenance), specialized medical equipment and supplies, speech therapy (maintenance) for individuals w/autism, IID ages 18 - no max age

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Maine HCBS Transition Plan - 04/14/2015

This Transition Plan is required by the federal government as part of new Medicaid regulations. It tells the federal government how Maine will meet the new Medicaid rules. All states must follow the federal rules for the Medicaid program. Medicaid is a joint federal and state program that pays for certain medical and related services.  In Maine, the Medicaid program is called MaineCare. An individual who gets services from MaineCare is called a member. The federal agency that is responsible for Medicaid is called the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (“CMS”).  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Maine Department of Education ESEA Flexibility - 08/12/2013

“The Maine Department of Education's ESEA flexibility request was approved on August 12, 2013 and amended on August 13, 2015."

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Maine Balancing Incentives Program - 05/01/2013

“The Balancing Incentive Program authorizes grants to States to increase access to non-institutional long-term services and supports (LTSS) as of October 1, 2011. The Balancing Incentive Program will help States transform their long-term care systems by: • Lowering costs through improved systems performance & efficiency • Creating tools to help consumers with care planning & assessment • Improving quality measurement & oversight The Balancing Incentive Program also provides new ways to serve more people in home and community-based settings, in keeping with the integration mandate of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as required by the Olmstead decision. The Balancing Incentive Program was created by the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (Section 10202). Maine applied for the BIP enhanced FMAP May 1, 2012. Maine’s application was awarded effective July 1, 2012”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Maine Support Services for Adults w/ID or Autistic Disorder (0467.R01.00) - 01/01/2011

"Provides community support, home support 1/4 hr, respite, work support-group, assistive technology, career planning, employment specialist services, home accessibility adaptations, home support remote support, transportation, work support-individual for individuals w/autism and ID ages 18 - no max age."

 

Waiver expired 12/31/2015.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Maine Money Follows the Person ("Homeward Bound")

“Money Follows the Person (MFP), known as Homeward Bound in Maine, is assisting individuals transitioning from institutional to community care and has provided enhanced public awareness of community services. MDS Section Q training for nursing facility staff in conjunction with the Maine Long Term Care Ombudsman Program is ensuring identification and referral of individuals interested in considering community living.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

States - Large Tablet

Snapshot

The state of Maine knows that Employment First is "The Way Life Should Be" for all people with disabilities who dream of having a successful career in their community.

State VR Rates and Services

A list of services offered by this state’s Vocational Rehabilitation agency, along with the standard rates paid for the performance of those services.

PDF icon Maine’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
-0.06%
Change from
2014 to 2015
1,329,328
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-1.04%
Change from
2014 to 2015
115,013
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-10.91%
Change from
2014 to 2015
34,052
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-9.76%
Change from
2014 to 2015
29.61%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
-0.23%
Change from
2014 to 2015
79.70%

State Data

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 1,328,302 1,330,089 1,329,328
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 117,607 116,208 115,013
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 36,712 37,766 34,052
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 557,834 564,431 558,833
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 31.22% 32.50% 29.61%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 78.80% 79.88% 79.70%
Overall unemployment rate. 6.60% 5.70% 4.40%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 25.00% 25.40% 23.40%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 11.80% 12.00% 11.40%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 107,942 108,491 107,502
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 106,293 102,929 107,204
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 204,665 201,178 202,417
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 1,064 1,107 1,993
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 2,939 2,097 1,498
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 2,135 2,473 2,985
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 795 546 751
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 5,093 5,972 6,225
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 310 144 1,498

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 1,756 1,833 1,930
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 4.90% 5.00% 5.30%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 59,274 59,093 58,476

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 954 1,091 1,163
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 3,568 3,772 3,781
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 12,061 12,933 13,145
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 7.90% 8.40% 8.80%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.60% 1.50% 1.10%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 15.00% 6.00% 7.50%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 5.20% 4.60% 4.60%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 94 257 180
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 2,485 1,053 1,266
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 863 812 776
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A N/A N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 2,632 2,627 2,591
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.04 0.03 0.04

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2012 2013 2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 26 32 38
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 21 20 27
Percentage of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment relative to total the number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work. 81.00% 63.00% 71.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 1.58 1.51 2.03

 

VR OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
1,791
1,951
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 5 5 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 403 536 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 286 291 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 537 503 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 441 489 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 119 127 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 28.60% N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 1,474 1,941 2,402
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 84,453 84,478 84,620
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 104 N/A N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $4,000,000 $4,600,000 N/A
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $0 $0 N/A
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $0 N/A N/A
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $0 N/A N/A
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 27.00% 28.00% 28.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. N/A N/A 3,359
Number of people served in facility based work. 0 N/A 0
Number of people served in facility based non-work. N/A N/A 0
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 68.40 75.20 75.20

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 55.69% 55.67% 56.41%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 10.80% 10.71% 10.70%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 3.29% 3.33% 3.10%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 36.00% 63.36% 54.29%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14a). 23.16% 21.34% 22.98%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14b). 48.00% 37.49% 62.12%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or in some other postsecondary education or training program; or competitively employed or in some other employment within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14c). 82.64% 52.90% 89.38%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Subset of Indicator 14). 24.83% 16.15% 39.14%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 225,419
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 484
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 169,951
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 55,468
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 225,419
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 394
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 82
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 476
AbilityOne wages (products). $1,766,990
AbilityOne wages (services). $899,291

 

WAGE AND HOUR DIVISION: 14(c) CERTIFICATE-HOLDING ENTITIES OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding private businesses. 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 12 4 5
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 0 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 4 5
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding private businesses. N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 131 160
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 0 0
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 131 160

 

Legislation


Maine LD 1549: Kim Wallace Adaptive Equipment Loan Program Fund - 03/29/2016

There is established the Kim Wallace Adaptive Equipment Loan Program Fund, which must be used to provide funding for loans to qualified borrowers within the State in order to acquire adaptive equipment designed to assist the borrower in becoming independent and for other purposes as allowed under section 376. The fund must be deposited with,  the Treasurer of State and contain appropriations provided for that purpose, interest accrued on the fund balance, funds received by the program administrator to be applied to the fund and funds received in repayment of loans. This fund is a nonlapsing revolving fund. All money in the fund must be continuously applied to carry out the purposes of this chapter.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Employment First Maine Act - 06/22/2013

“In carrying out its duties to provide services and supports to persons with disabilities, a state agency shall include as a core component of its services and supports the opportunity for persons with disabilities to acquire integrated community-based employment or customized employment… When entering into contracts with providers of services to persons with disabilities, a state agency shall include appropriate provisions regarding facilitating integrated community-based employment or customized employment "and ensuring measurable outcomes…A state agency shall incorporate standards for integrated community-based employment and customized employment into its processes for program monitoring and quality assurance.”
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maine Act To Provide Integrated Community-based & Customized Employment - 06/01/2013

The Bill promotes: 1. “Employment as core component of services and supports. In carrying out its duties to provide services and supports to persons with disabilities, a state agency shall include as a core component of its services and supports the opportunity for persons with disabilities to acquire integrated community-based employment or customized employment.”   2. “First and preferred service or support option. When providing services or supports to a person with a disability, a state agency shall offer to the person, as the first and preferred service or support option, a choice of employment services that will support the acquisition by the person of integrated community-based employment or customized employment.”   3. “Coordination of efforts and information.”   4. “Pursuit of employment; option. Nothing in this chapter may be construed to require a person with a disability who receives services from a state agency to accept employment services from that state agency or to experience a loss of services as a result of choosing not to explore employment options.”  
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Maine State Agency and Departments Protection and Advocacy of People with Disabilities (Title 5 c.11)

The agency has the following powers and duties:   Information and referral.  The agency may provide information on and referral to programs and services addressing the needs of persons with disabilities.  Advice.  The agency may advise and educate individuals on the rights of persons with disabilities and otherwise support and assist those persons in the protection of and advocacy for those rights.  Pursuit of remedies.  The agency may pursue administrative, legal and other appropriate remedies on behalf of persons with disabilities…  Report.  The agency shall prepare an annual report for submission to the Governor, the Legislature, the Commissioner of Health and Human Services and the Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. The report must describe the activities, accomplishments and expenditures of the agency during the most recently completed fiscal year  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging
  • Data Sharing

Executive Orders

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

Policy


Maine CITE (Assistive Technology Training) - 04/19/2017

~~“Training is an integral part of the Maine CITE Coordinating Center’s mission. Training activities range from face-to-face conference and smaller group presentations to on-line training webinars.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

“Proficiency Diplomas Guidance for Students with Disabilities” - 02/23/2017

~~“Question: In the law it states “maintains the integrity of the standards as specified in the IEP”. Clarification: the IEP can define the performance tasks and accommodations, but not articulate the standards, correct?Answer: Correct. The IEP cannot change the complexity of the thinking or the conceptual understandings or skill level the standards are requiring for the proficiency- based diploma. We recognize there are times when a child’s performance may not be at the high school level. In these cases, the IEP is written at the present level of performance to honor where the child is functioning and articulates the accommodations and methods for gaining and demonstrating proficiency (e.g., pathways, types of evidence) with the intent to continue to support growth towards proficiency at the high school level. This intent recognizes the growth in complexity and conceptual understandings within the progression of learning from elementary standards, to middle school standards, to high school standards and recognizes students will need the opportunity to learn and demonstrate proficiency in the earlier grade spans before they are ready to learn and demonstrate proficiency of the high school standards.” 

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

State of Maine 2017 Supplemental and 2018-2019 Biennial Budget Briefing - 01/06/2017

~~“Major requests for General Funds and staffing are in the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Rehabilitation Services, where additional monies and staff will minimize the potential of having to waitlist people with disabilities who want to be employed. Initiatives include:• Two Rehabilitation Counselors costing approximately $150,000 in 2018 and 2019 to fund a comprehensive program including such providers like Jobs for Maine’s Graduates to increase employment engagement outreach for youth with disabilities by 33 percent (from 3,000 students to 4,000).$390,000 in 2019 for Vocational Rehabilitation to minimize the potential of creating a waitlist for people with significant disabilities who want to work;” 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other

“Maine Workers with Disabilities” - 01/01/2017

~~“This webpage and interactive tables are modeled after a grant-funded publication entitled Snapshot: Maine Workers with Disabilities….The target audience and consumers of these data are members of Maine's disability community: people with disabilities, advocates, policymakers, service providers, employers and other stakeholders. Links to the CWRI website appear on Maine Department of Labor Bureau of Rehabilitation Services and Maine Department of Health and Human Services and http://employmentforme.org/ - Maine's clearinghouse for disability employment resources.” 

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development

Maine Employment First Coalition Report to the Governor, Legislature and State Agencies - 11/17/2016

“Employment First is a growing national and state-level effort to ensure gainful employment is a priority focus of publicly funded programs and services for people with disabilities. It is a banner under which states are taking proactive steps to increase the workforce participation rate of their working -age residents with disabilities, putting in place policies and programmatic strategies to ensure gainful employment is expected first and supported first so that each person with a disability has the opportunity to find and keep gainful employment that matches their skills and abilities with businesses who need those skills and abilities. There are few if any states that do not have any Employment First efforts underway. Yet turning the tide, and revamping publicly funded programs to expect, encourage and support work first, is no simple task. As we know, nothing worth achieving is ever easy or quickly accomplished”

Systems
  • Other

Maine’s Person Centered Planning Process for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities and Autism - 11/01/2016

“Person-Centered Planning (PCP) is the required annual planning process for adults receiving developmental services in Maine. PCP involves identifying and describing the person’s needs and goals as well as the paid and unpaid supports and services the person requires to live a meaningful and self-directed life. When Person-Centered Planning works, people have enhanced opportunities to make personal choices and experience independence.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maine Department of Labor Receives Grant to Improve Employment Rates of Youth with Disabilities - 10/11/2016

Commissioner of Labor Jeanne Paquette is pleased to announce that the U.S. Department of Education has awarded the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services, part of the Maine Department of Labor, $9 million to help students with disabilities prepare for postsecondary education and competitive integrated employment. Other states receiving a grant were California, Maryland, Massachusetts and Vermont.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maine Department of Labor Program and Service Guide; A guide to services for employers provided by the Maine Department of Labor - 10/01/2016

“Workforce Development—Fostering Industry Partnerships: Maine’s workforce development system maximizes the Return-on-Investment for federal and state training funds and increases the involvement of private-sector job creators with the Workforce Development System to improve business relevance. Industry Partnerships have become a cornerstone of Maine’s workforce development strategy through the implementation of best practices from other states. These partnerships drive the entire system by identifying skill gaps and human resource needs in targeted industries and high-priority occupations. Partnerships serve to solve workforce challenges within their industries, thereby improving our local, regional and state economies.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Maine Department of Labor, Bureau of Rehabilitative :Services: Employer Services - 07/15/2016

The Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) partners with businesses interested in the inclusion of people with disabilities into the workforce. We can help meet your workforce needs and expand your market share. We connect your business with qualified employees and services in your area, as well as nationwide resources that can support your business. BRS can also connect your business with other Maine-based businesses that hire people with disabilities and who are willing to share their experience. For more information, contact BRS's Business Relations Specialist.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Maine DHHS Biennial Plan for Services to Adults with Intellectual Disabilities or Autism 2015-2016 - 06/02/2015

Employment First - every person served will be offered the opportunity to work in community-based, integrated, competitive employment. Employment has become a required component of the Person Centered Planning process and assistance to identify and overcome barriers that are a core component of planning and waiver services.   We will take the following steps to advance Employment First:    1. Create and offer district Community of Practices to increase Career Planning staff competencies in providing the Discovering Personal Genius process to individuals receiving Home and Community Based waiver services for Sections 21 and 29. 1.3 Develop and implement an updated Employment Data assessment in EIS  employment outcomes for all waiver participants who go to work and access work supports…   1.4 Expand the Business to Business engagement occurring through the Maine Business Leadership Network (BLN)…  1.5 Review and expand options for work supports staff certification..  2. Enhance current Work Force Development System for employment services staff….    
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maine HCBS Transition Plan - 02/20/2015

This Transition Plan is required by the federal government as part of new Medicaid regulations. It tells the federal government how Maine will meet the new Medicaid rules. All states must follow the federal rules for the Medicaid program. Medicaid is a joint federal and state program that pays for certain medical and related services. In Maine, the Medicaid program is called MaineCare. An individual who gets services from MaineCare is called a member. The federal agency that is responsible for Medicaid is called the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (“CMS”). The new rules are about certain home and Community-Based services. These services are sometimes called “HCBS” for short. HCBS are services that people get in a community setting and are a different option from institutional services such as a hospital, nursing facility or intermediate care facility. There are many of types of home and Community-Based services and this can mean different things to different people.

 

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Maine mPower Loan Program - 01/02/2015

Maine Legislation created the Kim Wallace Adaptive Equipment Loan program (The mPower Loan Fund).  The program provides Maine citizens and businesses with affordable loans to create access, buy equipment and assistive technology to achieve greater independence, life enrichment, productivity and/or community participation.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Maine DHHS Employment Policy for Individuals Served - 10/07/2010

This is a Maine Department of Health and Human Services Employment Policy indicating that all individuals are “presumed able and have the opportunity to work.” The Department “shall support career development and meaningful employment for all working aged individuals receiving services through the Department. Employment is part of the natural course of adult life and provides opportunities for economic gain, personal growth and contributing to one’s community. The development of a skilled and motivated workforce is essential to meeting the needs of Maine businesses...

"Implementation of the DHHS Employment Policy will be driven by continuing quality improvement, quality assurance and service accountability consistent with the following tenets: 1. All individuals shall be presumed able and have the opportunity to work. 2. Career planning will result from a strength based approach identifying the individuals’ interests, capabilities and supports needed for successful employment. 3. Employment support will emphasize the development and use of natural connections such as co-workers, supervisors, friends and family. 4. Employment shall be in integrated businesses and offer compensation that is fair and equitable. 5. Employment services shall be culturally and linguistically appropriate. 6. Efforts to increase employment will be coordinated in partnership with other State and Private agencies working toward a strong, diversified Maine workforce.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

ME DoL Bureau of Rehabilitation Services - Basic Extended Support Program - 06/06/2010

“The purpose of the Basic Extended Support Program is to provide ongoing support needs to VR consumers with the most significant disabilities once training has been completed. The program provides financial assistance to providers of ongoing support and/or employers to help defray the additional cost incurred providing job coaching, training and supervision on a supported work site.” Includes rules on eligibility, appeals process, allowable services, case management, and termination.

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Maine Commission on Disabilities and Employment - 07/01/1997

The Commission was established by the legislature in 1997 and promotes collaboration with the public and private sectors to increase awareness and influence policy related to employment for people with disabilities. Its members envision a Maine workforce that includes all people with disabilities employed in jobs that meet both their economic and personal needs.

For more information about this committee, contact Garret Oswald, State Workforce Investment Board at (207) 621-5087.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maine State Plan for Assistive Technology Summary

~~“In 1989, the Governor appointed the Department of Education (DOE) as the lead agency for the Maine CITE Program. The Office of Special Services within the Department assumed responsibility for overseeing the activities of the Program.

The Program started with the Department of Education, the University of Maine System and Alpha One as the original partners. Partnerships broadened over the years to include private and public entities that provide AT devices and services to Maine people of all ages and disabilities. This partnership is now known as the Assistive Technology Consortia”

Systems
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

“Maine’s Person Centered Planning Process for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities and Autism”

“DHHS is committed to supporting career development and meaningful employment for all working-age individuals who receive services. Developmental Services is required under The Employment First Maine Act (Sec. A-1. 26 MRSA c. 39) to offer customized, individual employment services as the “first and preferred service option” before other day services. Employment is part of the natural course of adult life and provides opportunities for economic gain, personal growth and contributing to one’s community. All individuals shall be presumed able and have the opportunity to work as defined in DHHS Policy CS-01-10, Employment of People Served Policy. For more information, go to: http://www.employmentforme.org. “

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Maine Career Center “Maine Department of Labor, Bureau of Employment Services”

The Bureau of Employment Services (BES) provides comprehensive services to job seekers with disabilities. Through the CareerCenters' the BES is an Employment Network (EN) participating in the Ticket to Work Program (see below for details). Specific supports and services offered through the BES are:

Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA). The Maine Apprenticeship Program. Competitive Skills Scholarship Program (CSSP). Ticket to Work. Employment and training services for youth and older workers. Resources for employers. Referrals to partner agencies. Many other training and employment services.

The BES also offers job fairs, workshops and seminars through the CareerCenters, covering topics such as:

Ticket to Work- SSA Benefits Overview. Resume Building. Interview Practice. Career Planning and Skills Evaluation. And more.
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maine Department of Labor Program and Service Guide

Employment Services Provided by the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services

For Employers

• Pre-employment services — connect with potential employees through internships, mentoring opportunities and training that is customized to your needs or delivered on-the-job.

• Recruitment and referral — professional help with recruiting and matching you with qualified candidates.

• Staff training — get training for your staff on disability awareness, the Americans with Disabilities Act and topics related to disabilities and assistive technology in the workplace.

• Diversity — learn new strategies to support the inclusion of people with disabilities as customers and employees.

• Retention — get support services for employees who may develop or acquire a disability.

• Financial supports — find out the latest information on available tax credits and/or deductions for hiring or accommodating people with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Partnerships


Employment First Maine Coalition - 07/02/2013

Employment First Maine (EFM) is a broad based coalition of individuals with disabilities, families, advocates, providers and state agency representatives committed to improving and enhancing employment outcomes for Maine citizens with disabilities, including veterans with service-connected disabilities. EFM has worked for over 18 months, participated in the national Alliance for Full Participation and is now an active member of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability    Employment Policy’s Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program’s Community of Practice.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maine Developmental Disabilities Council

“The Maine Developmental Disabilities Council (MDDC) is a partnership of people with disabilities, their families, and agencies which identifies barriers to community inclusion, self determination, and independence. The Council acts to effect positive change through advocacy, training, demonstration projects, and support for other inclusive and collaborative systemic change activities.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maine’s Ticket To Work program

“Since 2003, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has mailed Tickets in Maine to eligible beneficiaries. SSA disability beneficiaries who receive a Ticket may use it to obtain the services they need from an Employment Network (EN) of their choice.” ENs currently accepting Tickets include Katahdin Friends, Inc., Maine Department of Labor Bureau of Employment Services-CareerCenters, Maine Bureau of Rehabilitation Services Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired and Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Maine Medical Center Department of Vocational Services, and Work Opportunities Unlimited.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maine Business Leadership Network

“The Maine Business Leadership Network is an employer-led affiliate of the US Business Leadership Network, a national organization that serves as the collective voice of over 60 Business Leadership Network affiliates across North America, representing over 5,000 employers."

“The Maine BLN will be focused on assisting businesses in attracting and retaining new employees and customers with disabilities, developing business leaders who value diversity and actively work to promote strong communities that include individuals with disabilities, and increasing opportunities for businesses to expand their diversity recruiting efforts, not as a social model but as a business case to recruit talent and better serve their customers.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Systems-Change Funding


Maine Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) - 10/01/2013

The Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) is a three-year federal grant program that improves education, training, employment opportunities, and employment outcomes for youth and adults with disabilities who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits. In 2010, Maine was awarded a Round 1 DEI grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment Training Administration. When this grant ended in 2013, a Round 4 grant was awarded. This grant began in 2013 and will end in 2016.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Maine Medicaid Balancing Incentives Program - 05/01/2013

The Balancing Incentive Program authorizes grants to States to increase access to non-institutional long-term services and supports (LTSS) as of October 1, 2011. The Balancing Incentive Program will help States transform their long-term care systems by: • Lowering costs through improved systems performance & efficiency • Creating tools to help consumers with care planning & assessment • Improving quality measurement & oversight The Balancing Incentive Program also provides new ways to serve more people in home and community-based settings, in keeping with the integration mandate of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as required by the Olmstead decision. The Balancing Incentive Program was created by the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (Section 10202). Maine applied for the BIP enhanced FMAP May 1, 2012. Maine’s application was awarded effective July 1, 2012

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Maine Money Follows the Person ("Homeward Bound")

“Money Follows the Person (MFP), known as Homeward Bound in Maine, is assisting individuals transitioning from institutional to community care and has provided enhanced public awareness of community services. MDS Section Q training for nursing facility staff in conjunction with the Maine Long Term Care Ombudsman Program is ensuring identification and referral of individuals interested in considering community living.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Maine Promoting the Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income (PROMISE) Program

“PROMISE is a joint initiative of the US Department of Education, Social Security Administration, US Department of Health and Human Services and US Department of Labor. Under PROMISE, states will be funded to develop and implement model demonstration projects that promote positive outcomes for children who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and their families. PROMISE will improve the provision and coordination of services and supports for child SSI recipients and their families to enable them to achieve improved outcomes. Outcomes include: graduating from high school ready for college and a career, completing postsecondary education and job training, and obtaining competitive employment in an integrated setting and, as a result, achieving long-term reductions in the child recipients’ reliance on SSI.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Training/Capacity Building


Maine Department of Labor Program and Service Guide - 07/01/2016

Staff training — get training for your staff on disability awareness, the Americans with Disabilities Act and topics related to disabilities and assistive technology in the workplace.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Maine CareerCenter Staff Guide to Disability Work Incentives - 01/15/2011

“This resource guide is for CareerCenter staff and individuals who request information on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Work Incentives Planning and Assistance in order to prepare job seekers for employment options and related opportunities."

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment

Maine College of Direct Support - Work Supports Certificate

“Completion of the Maine College of Direct Support (ME CDS) is required for Direct Support Professionals supporting Maine citizens with intellectual disabilities and replaces the Direct Support Professional (DSP) Curriculum as meeting the training requirements for MaineCare Sections 21 and 29. ... Currently, there are four types of certificates available in the Maine College of Direct Support that can only be obtained through an agency providing services to people with intellectual disabilities:” (1) Maine College of Direct Support Certificate; (2) Maine College of Direct Support - Shared Living Provider Certificate; (3) Maine College of Direct Support - Work Supports Certificate; and (4) Maine College of Direct Support – Case Manager Orientation Certificate.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Maine Department of Health and Human Services' Staff Education and Training Unit

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services’ Staff Education and Training Unit offers a variety of in-person and online trainings for staff working with persons with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Center for Learning (CFL) at the Muskie School of Public Service

“By overseeing competency-based certification programs for staff working in the mental health field, CFL supports best practice and informs policy in the area of workforce development. In administering the Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician (MHRT) certification programs, CFL develops knowledge competencies, designs and implements quality assurance processes, and assesses workers' qualifications. CFL also collaborates with academic institutions and other agencies in Maine that provide education and training to ensure that mental health courses, programs and trainers meet standards outlined in the MHRT/C Procedural Guidelines and Trainer and Curriculum Standards”.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Access Maine Transition Planning Tool-kit

“This guide will serve as an introduction to the world of “Adult Services” and will hopefully answer these questions and more. Our goal is to provide you with information that will address some of your concerns about what it will be like for your child when he/she has completed schooling. All young adults are different, as are all families. There is no single “right plan” in transition planning and what some families want for their child may or may not be what you want for yours. The best planning occurs when it considers contributions from a variety of sources: the student, the family, the school, representatives from adult service agencies, and other involved community members. It is meant to improve a student’s employment ability, continuing education options, housing options, and to develop a social and recreational network that continues after high school.” 

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Enforcement


Consent Decree Plan Pursuant to Paragraphs 36, 37, 38 and 279 of the Settlement Agreement in Bates v. DHHS - 10/13/2006

This vocational plan:

•     Provides training and education to community support staff about the importance of employment to recovery and the engagement of the consumers in discussions about work, and adds the requirement for certification and ongoing education in employment as a required competency module;   

•     Funds additional Benefit Specialists so that misinformation and lack of information are removed as barriers to pursuing work; and

•     Increases both the prominence and possibility of employment by adding Employment Specialists to agencies in each of the seven community service networks.  The employment specialists will work directly with consumers, serve as a resource to providers, and coordinate employment support services between OAMHS and BRS.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation

Medicaid & Employment


MaineCare Benefits Manual Chapter II “Home and Community Based Services for Adults with Other Related Conditions” - 03/01/2017

~~“Application: After receiving the choice letter, the DHHS Care Monitor will meet with the member and guardian or legal representative (where applicable) and complete the initial ORC application. If the member appears to qualify and is interested in Money Follows the Person/ Homeward Bound MFP/HB, the member will be referred for MFP/HB determination for Money Follows the Person/ Homeward Bound MFP/HB. Enrollment and Transition coordination through MFP/HB will be provided per Money Follows the Person/ Homeward Bound MFP/HB program requirements as outlined in the CMS approved Operational Protocol for Money Follows the Person/ Homeward Bound MFP/HB.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

ME Home & Community Services for Adults w/ID or Autism Spectrum Disorder (0159.R06.00) - 07/01/2015

Provides community support, home support (1/4 hr), per diem home support, work support, communication aids, consultation, counseling, crisis assessment, crisis intervention, employment specialist services, home accessibility adaptations, non-traditional communication consultation, non-medical transportation, non-traditional communication assessment, OT (maintenance), PT, (maintenance), specialized medical equipment and supplies, speech therapy (maintenance) for individuals w/autism, IID ages 18 - no max age

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Maine HCBS Transition Plan - 04/14/2015

This Transition Plan is required by the federal government as part of new Medicaid regulations. It tells the federal government how Maine will meet the new Medicaid rules. All states must follow the federal rules for the Medicaid program. Medicaid is a joint federal and state program that pays for certain medical and related services.  In Maine, the Medicaid program is called MaineCare. An individual who gets services from MaineCare is called a member. The federal agency that is responsible for Medicaid is called the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (“CMS”).  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Maine Department of Education ESEA Flexibility - 08/12/2013

“The Maine Department of Education's ESEA flexibility request was approved on August 12, 2013 and amended on August 13, 2015."

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Maine Balancing Incentives Program - 05/01/2013

“The Balancing Incentive Program authorizes grants to States to increase access to non-institutional long-term services and supports (LTSS) as of October 1, 2011. The Balancing Incentive Program will help States transform their long-term care systems by: • Lowering costs through improved systems performance & efficiency • Creating tools to help consumers with care planning & assessment • Improving quality measurement & oversight The Balancing Incentive Program also provides new ways to serve more people in home and community-based settings, in keeping with the integration mandate of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as required by the Olmstead decision. The Balancing Incentive Program was created by the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (Section 10202). Maine applied for the BIP enhanced FMAP May 1, 2012. Maine’s application was awarded effective July 1, 2012”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Maine Support Services for Adults w/ID or Autistic Disorder (0467.R01.00) - 01/01/2011

"Provides community support, home support 1/4 hr, respite, work support-group, assistive technology, career planning, employment specialist services, home accessibility adaptations, home support remote support, transportation, work support-individual for individuals w/autism and ID ages 18 - no max age."

 

Waiver expired 12/31/2015.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Maine Money Follows the Person ("Homeward Bound")

“Money Follows the Person (MFP), known as Homeward Bound in Maine, is assisting individuals transitioning from institutional to community care and has provided enhanced public awareness of community services. MDS Section Q training for nursing facility staff in conjunction with the Maine Long Term Care Ombudsman Program is ensuring identification and referral of individuals interested in considering community living.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

States - Small Tablet

Snapshot

The state of Maine knows that Employment First is "The Way Life Should Be" for all people with disabilities who dream of having a successful career in their community.

State VR Rates and Services

A list of services offered by this state’s Vocational Rehabilitation agency, along with the standard rates paid for the performance of those services.

PDF icon Maine’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
-0.06%
Change from
2014 to 2015
1,329,328
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-1.04%
Change from
2014 to 2015
115,013
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-10.91%
Change from
2014 to 2015
34,052
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-9.76%
Change from
2014 to 2015
29.61%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
-0.23%
Change from
2014 to 2015
79.70%

State Data

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 1,328,302 1,330,089 1,329,328
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 117,607 116,208 115,013
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 36,712 37,766 34,052
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 557,834 564,431 558,833
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 31.22% 32.50% 29.61%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 78.80% 79.88% 79.70%
Overall unemployment rate. 6.60% 5.70% 4.40%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 25.00% 25.40% 23.40%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 11.80% 12.00% 11.40%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 107,942 108,491 107,502
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 106,293 102,929 107,204
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 204,665 201,178 202,417
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 1,064 1,107 1,993
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 2,939 2,097 1,498
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 2,135 2,473 2,985
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 795 546 751
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 5,093 5,972 6,225
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 310 144 1,498

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 1,756 1,833 1,930
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 4.90% 5.00% 5.30%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 59,274 59,093 58,476

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 954 1,091 1,163
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 3,568 3,772 3,781
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 12,061 12,933 13,145
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 7.90% 8.40% 8.80%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.60% 1.50% 1.10%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 15.00% 6.00% 7.50%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 5.20% 4.60% 4.60%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 94 257 180
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 2,485 1,053 1,266
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 863 812 776
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A N/A N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 2,632 2,627 2,591
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.04 0.03 0.04

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2012 2013 2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 26 32 38
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 21 20 27
Percentage of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment relative to total the number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work. 81.00% 63.00% 71.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 1.58 1.51 2.03

 

VR OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
1,791
1,951
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 5 5 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 403 536 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 286 291 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 537 503 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 441 489 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 119 127 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 28.60% N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 1,474 1,941 2,402
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 84,453 84,478 84,620
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 104 N/A N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $4,000,000 $4,600,000 N/A
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $0 $0 N/A
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $0 N/A N/A
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $0 N/A N/A
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 27.00% 28.00% 28.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. N/A N/A 3,359
Number of people served in facility based work. 0 N/A 0
Number of people served in facility based non-work. N/A N/A 0
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 68.40 75.20 75.20

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 55.69% 55.67% 56.41%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 10.80% 10.71% 10.70%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 3.29% 3.33% 3.10%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 36.00% 63.36% 54.29%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14a). 23.16% 21.34% 22.98%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14b). 48.00% 37.49% 62.12%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or in some other postsecondary education or training program; or competitively employed or in some other employment within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14c). 82.64% 52.90% 89.38%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Subset of Indicator 14). 24.83% 16.15% 39.14%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 225,419
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 484
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 169,951
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 55,468
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 225,419
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 394
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 82
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 476
AbilityOne wages (products). $1,766,990
AbilityOne wages (services). $899,291

 

WAGE AND HOUR DIVISION: 14(c) CERTIFICATE-HOLDING ENTITIES OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding private businesses. 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 12 4 5
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 0 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 4 5
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding private businesses. N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 131 160
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 0 0
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 131 160

 

Legislation


Maine LD 1549: Kim Wallace Adaptive Equipment Loan Program Fund - 03/29/2016

There is established the Kim Wallace Adaptive Equipment Loan Program Fund, which must be used to provide funding for loans to qualified borrowers within the State in order to acquire adaptive equipment designed to assist the borrower in becoming independent and for other purposes as allowed under section 376. The fund must be deposited with,  the Treasurer of State and contain appropriations provided for that purpose, interest accrued on the fund balance, funds received by the program administrator to be applied to the fund and funds received in repayment of loans. This fund is a nonlapsing revolving fund. All money in the fund must be continuously applied to carry out the purposes of this chapter.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Employment First Maine Act - 06/22/2013

“In carrying out its duties to provide services and supports to persons with disabilities, a state agency shall include as a core component of its services and supports the opportunity for persons with disabilities to acquire integrated community-based employment or customized employment… When entering into contracts with providers of services to persons with disabilities, a state agency shall include appropriate provisions regarding facilitating integrated community-based employment or customized employment "and ensuring measurable outcomes…A state agency shall incorporate standards for integrated community-based employment and customized employment into its processes for program monitoring and quality assurance.”
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maine Act To Provide Integrated Community-based & Customized Employment - 06/01/2013

The Bill promotes: 1. “Employment as core component of services and supports. In carrying out its duties to provide services and supports to persons with disabilities, a state agency shall include as a core component of its services and supports the opportunity for persons with disabilities to acquire integrated community-based employment or customized employment.”   2. “First and preferred service or support option. When providing services or supports to a person with a disability, a state agency shall offer to the person, as the first and preferred service or support option, a choice of employment services that will support the acquisition by the person of integrated community-based employment or customized employment.”   3. “Coordination of efforts and information.”   4. “Pursuit of employment; option. Nothing in this chapter may be construed to require a person with a disability who receives services from a state agency to accept employment services from that state agency or to experience a loss of services as a result of choosing not to explore employment options.”  
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Maine State Agency and Departments Protection and Advocacy of People with Disabilities (Title 5 c.11)

The agency has the following powers and duties:   Information and referral.  The agency may provide information on and referral to programs and services addressing the needs of persons with disabilities.  Advice.  The agency may advise and educate individuals on the rights of persons with disabilities and otherwise support and assist those persons in the protection of and advocacy for those rights.  Pursuit of remedies.  The agency may pursue administrative, legal and other appropriate remedies on behalf of persons with disabilities…  Report.  The agency shall prepare an annual report for submission to the Governor, the Legislature, the Commissioner of Health and Human Services and the Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. The report must describe the activities, accomplishments and expenditures of the agency during the most recently completed fiscal year  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging
  • Data Sharing

Executive Orders

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

Policy


Maine CITE (Assistive Technology Training) - 04/19/2017

~~“Training is an integral part of the Maine CITE Coordinating Center’s mission. Training activities range from face-to-face conference and smaller group presentations to on-line training webinars.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

“Proficiency Diplomas Guidance for Students with Disabilities” - 02/23/2017

~~“Question: In the law it states “maintains the integrity of the standards as specified in the IEP”. Clarification: the IEP can define the performance tasks and accommodations, but not articulate the standards, correct?Answer: Correct. The IEP cannot change the complexity of the thinking or the conceptual understandings or skill level the standards are requiring for the proficiency- based diploma. We recognize there are times when a child’s performance may not be at the high school level. In these cases, the IEP is written at the present level of performance to honor where the child is functioning and articulates the accommodations and methods for gaining and demonstrating proficiency (e.g., pathways, types of evidence) with the intent to continue to support growth towards proficiency at the high school level. This intent recognizes the growth in complexity and conceptual understandings within the progression of learning from elementary standards, to middle school standards, to high school standards and recognizes students will need the opportunity to learn and demonstrate proficiency in the earlier grade spans before they are ready to learn and demonstrate proficiency of the high school standards.” 

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

State of Maine 2017 Supplemental and 2018-2019 Biennial Budget Briefing - 01/06/2017

~~“Major requests for General Funds and staffing are in the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Rehabilitation Services, where additional monies and staff will minimize the potential of having to waitlist people with disabilities who want to be employed. Initiatives include:• Two Rehabilitation Counselors costing approximately $150,000 in 2018 and 2019 to fund a comprehensive program including such providers like Jobs for Maine’s Graduates to increase employment engagement outreach for youth with disabilities by 33 percent (from 3,000 students to 4,000).$390,000 in 2019 for Vocational Rehabilitation to minimize the potential of creating a waitlist for people with significant disabilities who want to work;” 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other

“Maine Workers with Disabilities” - 01/01/2017

~~“This webpage and interactive tables are modeled after a grant-funded publication entitled Snapshot: Maine Workers with Disabilities….The target audience and consumers of these data are members of Maine's disability community: people with disabilities, advocates, policymakers, service providers, employers and other stakeholders. Links to the CWRI website appear on Maine Department of Labor Bureau of Rehabilitation Services and Maine Department of Health and Human Services and http://employmentforme.org/ - Maine's clearinghouse for disability employment resources.” 

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development

Maine Employment First Coalition Report to the Governor, Legislature and State Agencies - 11/17/2016

“Employment First is a growing national and state-level effort to ensure gainful employment is a priority focus of publicly funded programs and services for people with disabilities. It is a banner under which states are taking proactive steps to increase the workforce participation rate of their working -age residents with disabilities, putting in place policies and programmatic strategies to ensure gainful employment is expected first and supported first so that each person with a disability has the opportunity to find and keep gainful employment that matches their skills and abilities with businesses who need those skills and abilities. There are few if any states that do not have any Employment First efforts underway. Yet turning the tide, and revamping publicly funded programs to expect, encourage and support work first, is no simple task. As we know, nothing worth achieving is ever easy or quickly accomplished”

Systems
  • Other

Maine’s Person Centered Planning Process for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities and Autism - 11/01/2016

“Person-Centered Planning (PCP) is the required annual planning process for adults receiving developmental services in Maine. PCP involves identifying and describing the person’s needs and goals as well as the paid and unpaid supports and services the person requires to live a meaningful and self-directed life. When Person-Centered Planning works, people have enhanced opportunities to make personal choices and experience independence.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maine Department of Labor Receives Grant to Improve Employment Rates of Youth with Disabilities - 10/11/2016

Commissioner of Labor Jeanne Paquette is pleased to announce that the U.S. Department of Education has awarded the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services, part of the Maine Department of Labor, $9 million to help students with disabilities prepare for postsecondary education and competitive integrated employment. Other states receiving a grant were California, Maryland, Massachusetts and Vermont.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maine Department of Labor Program and Service Guide; A guide to services for employers provided by the Maine Department of Labor - 10/01/2016

“Workforce Development—Fostering Industry Partnerships: Maine’s workforce development system maximizes the Return-on-Investment for federal and state training funds and increases the involvement of private-sector job creators with the Workforce Development System to improve business relevance. Industry Partnerships have become a cornerstone of Maine’s workforce development strategy through the implementation of best practices from other states. These partnerships drive the entire system by identifying skill gaps and human resource needs in targeted industries and high-priority occupations. Partnerships serve to solve workforce challenges within their industries, thereby improving our local, regional and state economies.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Maine Department of Labor, Bureau of Rehabilitative :Services: Employer Services - 07/15/2016

The Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) partners with businesses interested in the inclusion of people with disabilities into the workforce. We can help meet your workforce needs and expand your market share. We connect your business with qualified employees and services in your area, as well as nationwide resources that can support your business. BRS can also connect your business with other Maine-based businesses that hire people with disabilities and who are willing to share their experience. For more information, contact BRS's Business Relations Specialist.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Maine DHHS Biennial Plan for Services to Adults with Intellectual Disabilities or Autism 2015-2016 - 06/02/2015

Employment First - every person served will be offered the opportunity to work in community-based, integrated, competitive employment. Employment has become a required component of the Person Centered Planning process and assistance to identify and overcome barriers that are a core component of planning and waiver services.   We will take the following steps to advance Employment First:    1. Create and offer district Community of Practices to increase Career Planning staff competencies in providing the Discovering Personal Genius process to individuals receiving Home and Community Based waiver services for Sections 21 and 29. 1.3 Develop and implement an updated Employment Data assessment in EIS  employment outcomes for all waiver participants who go to work and access work supports…   1.4 Expand the Business to Business engagement occurring through the Maine Business Leadership Network (BLN)…  1.5 Review and expand options for work supports staff certification..  2. Enhance current Work Force Development System for employment services staff….    
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maine HCBS Transition Plan - 02/20/2015

This Transition Plan is required by the federal government as part of new Medicaid regulations. It tells the federal government how Maine will meet the new Medicaid rules. All states must follow the federal rules for the Medicaid program. Medicaid is a joint federal and state program that pays for certain medical and related services. In Maine, the Medicaid program is called MaineCare. An individual who gets services from MaineCare is called a member. The federal agency that is responsible for Medicaid is called the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (“CMS”). The new rules are about certain home and Community-Based services. These services are sometimes called “HCBS” for short. HCBS are services that people get in a community setting and are a different option from institutional services such as a hospital, nursing facility or intermediate care facility. There are many of types of home and Community-Based services and this can mean different things to different people.

 

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Maine mPower Loan Program - 01/02/2015

Maine Legislation created the Kim Wallace Adaptive Equipment Loan program (The mPower Loan Fund).  The program provides Maine citizens and businesses with affordable loans to create access, buy equipment and assistive technology to achieve greater independence, life enrichment, productivity and/or community participation.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Maine DHHS Employment Policy for Individuals Served - 10/07/2010

This is a Maine Department of Health and Human Services Employment Policy indicating that all individuals are “presumed able and have the opportunity to work.” The Department “shall support career development and meaningful employment for all working aged individuals receiving services through the Department. Employment is part of the natural course of adult life and provides opportunities for economic gain, personal growth and contributing to one’s community. The development of a skilled and motivated workforce is essential to meeting the needs of Maine businesses...

"Implementation of the DHHS Employment Policy will be driven by continuing quality improvement, quality assurance and service accountability consistent with the following tenets: 1. All individuals shall be presumed able and have the opportunity to work. 2. Career planning will result from a strength based approach identifying the individuals’ interests, capabilities and supports needed for successful employment. 3. Employment support will emphasize the development and use of natural connections such as co-workers, supervisors, friends and family. 4. Employment shall be in integrated businesses and offer compensation that is fair and equitable. 5. Employment services shall be culturally and linguistically appropriate. 6. Efforts to increase employment will be coordinated in partnership with other State and Private agencies working toward a strong, diversified Maine workforce.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

ME DoL Bureau of Rehabilitation Services - Basic Extended Support Program - 06/06/2010

“The purpose of the Basic Extended Support Program is to provide ongoing support needs to VR consumers with the most significant disabilities once training has been completed. The program provides financial assistance to providers of ongoing support and/or employers to help defray the additional cost incurred providing job coaching, training and supervision on a supported work site.” Includes rules on eligibility, appeals process, allowable services, case management, and termination.

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Maine Commission on Disabilities and Employment - 07/01/1997

The Commission was established by the legislature in 1997 and promotes collaboration with the public and private sectors to increase awareness and influence policy related to employment for people with disabilities. Its members envision a Maine workforce that includes all people with disabilities employed in jobs that meet both their economic and personal needs.

For more information about this committee, contact Garret Oswald, State Workforce Investment Board at (207) 621-5087.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maine State Plan for Assistive Technology Summary

~~“In 1989, the Governor appointed the Department of Education (DOE) as the lead agency for the Maine CITE Program. The Office of Special Services within the Department assumed responsibility for overseeing the activities of the Program.

The Program started with the Department of Education, the University of Maine System and Alpha One as the original partners. Partnerships broadened over the years to include private and public entities that provide AT devices and services to Maine people of all ages and disabilities. This partnership is now known as the Assistive Technology Consortia”

Systems
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

“Maine’s Person Centered Planning Process for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities and Autism”

“DHHS is committed to supporting career development and meaningful employment for all working-age individuals who receive services. Developmental Services is required under The Employment First Maine Act (Sec. A-1. 26 MRSA c. 39) to offer customized, individual employment services as the “first and preferred service option” before other day services. Employment is part of the natural course of adult life and provides opportunities for economic gain, personal growth and contributing to one’s community. All individuals shall be presumed able and have the opportunity to work as defined in DHHS Policy CS-01-10, Employment of People Served Policy. For more information, go to: http://www.employmentforme.org. “

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Maine Career Center “Maine Department of Labor, Bureau of Employment Services”

The Bureau of Employment Services (BES) provides comprehensive services to job seekers with disabilities. Through the CareerCenters' the BES is an Employment Network (EN) participating in the Ticket to Work Program (see below for details). Specific supports and services offered through the BES are:

Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA). The Maine Apprenticeship Program. Competitive Skills Scholarship Program (CSSP). Ticket to Work. Employment and training services for youth and older workers. Resources for employers. Referrals to partner agencies. Many other training and employment services.

The BES also offers job fairs, workshops and seminars through the CareerCenters, covering topics such as:

Ticket to Work- SSA Benefits Overview. Resume Building. Interview Practice. Career Planning and Skills Evaluation. And more.
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maine Department of Labor Program and Service Guide

Employment Services Provided by the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services

For Employers

• Pre-employment services — connect with potential employees through internships, mentoring opportunities and training that is customized to your needs or delivered on-the-job.

• Recruitment and referral — professional help with recruiting and matching you with qualified candidates.

• Staff training — get training for your staff on disability awareness, the Americans with Disabilities Act and topics related to disabilities and assistive technology in the workplace.

• Diversity — learn new strategies to support the inclusion of people with disabilities as customers and employees.

• Retention — get support services for employees who may develop or acquire a disability.

• Financial supports — find out the latest information on available tax credits and/or deductions for hiring or accommodating people with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Partnerships


Employment First Maine Coalition - 07/02/2013

Employment First Maine (EFM) is a broad based coalition of individuals with disabilities, families, advocates, providers and state agency representatives committed to improving and enhancing employment outcomes for Maine citizens with disabilities, including veterans with service-connected disabilities. EFM has worked for over 18 months, participated in the national Alliance for Full Participation and is now an active member of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability    Employment Policy’s Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program’s Community of Practice.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maine Developmental Disabilities Council

“The Maine Developmental Disabilities Council (MDDC) is a partnership of people with disabilities, their families, and agencies which identifies barriers to community inclusion, self determination, and independence. The Council acts to effect positive change through advocacy, training, demonstration projects, and support for other inclusive and collaborative systemic change activities.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maine’s Ticket To Work program

“Since 2003, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has mailed Tickets in Maine to eligible beneficiaries. SSA disability beneficiaries who receive a Ticket may use it to obtain the services they need from an Employment Network (EN) of their choice.” ENs currently accepting Tickets include Katahdin Friends, Inc., Maine Department of Labor Bureau of Employment Services-CareerCenters, Maine Bureau of Rehabilitation Services Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired and Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Maine Medical Center Department of Vocational Services, and Work Opportunities Unlimited.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maine Business Leadership Network

“The Maine Business Leadership Network is an employer-led affiliate of the US Business Leadership Network, a national organization that serves as the collective voice of over 60 Business Leadership Network affiliates across North America, representing over 5,000 employers."

“The Maine BLN will be focused on assisting businesses in attracting and retaining new employees and customers with disabilities, developing business leaders who value diversity and actively work to promote strong communities that include individuals with disabilities, and increasing opportunities for businesses to expand their diversity recruiting efforts, not as a social model but as a business case to recruit talent and better serve their customers.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Systems-Change Funding


Maine Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) - 10/01/2013

The Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) is a three-year federal grant program that improves education, training, employment opportunities, and employment outcomes for youth and adults with disabilities who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits. In 2010, Maine was awarded a Round 1 DEI grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment Training Administration. When this grant ended in 2013, a Round 4 grant was awarded. This grant began in 2013 and will end in 2016.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Maine Medicaid Balancing Incentives Program - 05/01/2013

The Balancing Incentive Program authorizes grants to States to increase access to non-institutional long-term services and supports (LTSS) as of October 1, 2011. The Balancing Incentive Program will help States transform their long-term care systems by: • Lowering costs through improved systems performance & efficiency • Creating tools to help consumers with care planning & assessment • Improving quality measurement & oversight The Balancing Incentive Program also provides new ways to serve more people in home and community-based settings, in keeping with the integration mandate of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as required by the Olmstead decision. The Balancing Incentive Program was created by the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (Section 10202). Maine applied for the BIP enhanced FMAP May 1, 2012. Maine’s application was awarded effective July 1, 2012

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Maine Money Follows the Person ("Homeward Bound")

“Money Follows the Person (MFP), known as Homeward Bound in Maine, is assisting individuals transitioning from institutional to community care and has provided enhanced public awareness of community services. MDS Section Q training for nursing facility staff in conjunction with the Maine Long Term Care Ombudsman Program is ensuring identification and referral of individuals interested in considering community living.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Maine Promoting the Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income (PROMISE) Program

“PROMISE is a joint initiative of the US Department of Education, Social Security Administration, US Department of Health and Human Services and US Department of Labor. Under PROMISE, states will be funded to develop and implement model demonstration projects that promote positive outcomes for children who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and their families. PROMISE will improve the provision and coordination of services and supports for child SSI recipients and their families to enable them to achieve improved outcomes. Outcomes include: graduating from high school ready for college and a career, completing postsecondary education and job training, and obtaining competitive employment in an integrated setting and, as a result, achieving long-term reductions in the child recipients’ reliance on SSI.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Training/Capacity Building


Maine Department of Labor Program and Service Guide - 07/01/2016

Staff training — get training for your staff on disability awareness, the Americans with Disabilities Act and topics related to disabilities and assistive technology in the workplace.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Maine CareerCenter Staff Guide to Disability Work Incentives - 01/15/2011

“This resource guide is for CareerCenter staff and individuals who request information on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Work Incentives Planning and Assistance in order to prepare job seekers for employment options and related opportunities."

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment

Maine College of Direct Support - Work Supports Certificate

“Completion of the Maine College of Direct Support (ME CDS) is required for Direct Support Professionals supporting Maine citizens with intellectual disabilities and replaces the Direct Support Professional (DSP) Curriculum as meeting the training requirements for MaineCare Sections 21 and 29. ... Currently, there are four types of certificates available in the Maine College of Direct Support that can only be obtained through an agency providing services to people with intellectual disabilities:” (1) Maine College of Direct Support Certificate; (2) Maine College of Direct Support - Shared Living Provider Certificate; (3) Maine College of Direct Support - Work Supports Certificate; and (4) Maine College of Direct Support – Case Manager Orientation Certificate.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Maine Department of Health and Human Services' Staff Education and Training Unit

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services’ Staff Education and Training Unit offers a variety of in-person and online trainings for staff working with persons with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Center for Learning (CFL) at the Muskie School of Public Service

“By overseeing competency-based certification programs for staff working in the mental health field, CFL supports best practice and informs policy in the area of workforce development. In administering the Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician (MHRT) certification programs, CFL develops knowledge competencies, designs and implements quality assurance processes, and assesses workers' qualifications. CFL also collaborates with academic institutions and other agencies in Maine that provide education and training to ensure that mental health courses, programs and trainers meet standards outlined in the MHRT/C Procedural Guidelines and Trainer and Curriculum Standards”.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Access Maine Transition Planning Tool-kit

“This guide will serve as an introduction to the world of “Adult Services” and will hopefully answer these questions and more. Our goal is to provide you with information that will address some of your concerns about what it will be like for your child when he/she has completed schooling. All young adults are different, as are all families. There is no single “right plan” in transition planning and what some families want for their child may or may not be what you want for yours. The best planning occurs when it considers contributions from a variety of sources: the student, the family, the school, representatives from adult service agencies, and other involved community members. It is meant to improve a student’s employment ability, continuing education options, housing options, and to develop a social and recreational network that continues after high school.” 

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Enforcement


Consent Decree Plan Pursuant to Paragraphs 36, 37, 38 and 279 of the Settlement Agreement in Bates v. DHHS - 10/13/2006

This vocational plan:

•     Provides training and education to community support staff about the importance of employment to recovery and the engagement of the consumers in discussions about work, and adds the requirement for certification and ongoing education in employment as a required competency module;   

•     Funds additional Benefit Specialists so that misinformation and lack of information are removed as barriers to pursuing work; and

•     Increases both the prominence and possibility of employment by adding Employment Specialists to agencies in each of the seven community service networks.  The employment specialists will work directly with consumers, serve as a resource to providers, and coordinate employment support services between OAMHS and BRS.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation

Medicaid & Employment


MaineCare Benefits Manual Chapter II “Home and Community Based Services for Adults with Other Related Conditions” - 03/01/2017

~~“Application: After receiving the choice letter, the DHHS Care Monitor will meet with the member and guardian or legal representative (where applicable) and complete the initial ORC application. If the member appears to qualify and is interested in Money Follows the Person/ Homeward Bound MFP/HB, the member will be referred for MFP/HB determination for Money Follows the Person/ Homeward Bound MFP/HB. Enrollment and Transition coordination through MFP/HB will be provided per Money Follows the Person/ Homeward Bound MFP/HB program requirements as outlined in the CMS approved Operational Protocol for Money Follows the Person/ Homeward Bound MFP/HB.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

ME Home & Community Services for Adults w/ID or Autism Spectrum Disorder (0159.R06.00) - 07/01/2015

Provides community support, home support (1/4 hr), per diem home support, work support, communication aids, consultation, counseling, crisis assessment, crisis intervention, employment specialist services, home accessibility adaptations, non-traditional communication consultation, non-medical transportation, non-traditional communication assessment, OT (maintenance), PT, (maintenance), specialized medical equipment and supplies, speech therapy (maintenance) for individuals w/autism, IID ages 18 - no max age

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Maine HCBS Transition Plan - 04/14/2015

This Transition Plan is required by the federal government as part of new Medicaid regulations. It tells the federal government how Maine will meet the new Medicaid rules. All states must follow the federal rules for the Medicaid program. Medicaid is a joint federal and state program that pays for certain medical and related services.  In Maine, the Medicaid program is called MaineCare. An individual who gets services from MaineCare is called a member. The federal agency that is responsible for Medicaid is called the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (“CMS”).  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Maine Department of Education ESEA Flexibility - 08/12/2013

“The Maine Department of Education's ESEA flexibility request was approved on August 12, 2013 and amended on August 13, 2015."

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Maine Balancing Incentives Program - 05/01/2013

“The Balancing Incentive Program authorizes grants to States to increase access to non-institutional long-term services and supports (LTSS) as of October 1, 2011. The Balancing Incentive Program will help States transform their long-term care systems by: • Lowering costs through improved systems performance & efficiency • Creating tools to help consumers with care planning & assessment • Improving quality measurement & oversight The Balancing Incentive Program also provides new ways to serve more people in home and community-based settings, in keeping with the integration mandate of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as required by the Olmstead decision. The Balancing Incentive Program was created by the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (Section 10202). Maine applied for the BIP enhanced FMAP May 1, 2012. Maine’s application was awarded effective July 1, 2012”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Maine Support Services for Adults w/ID or Autistic Disorder (0467.R01.00) - 01/01/2011

"Provides community support, home support 1/4 hr, respite, work support-group, assistive technology, career planning, employment specialist services, home accessibility adaptations, home support remote support, transportation, work support-individual for individuals w/autism and ID ages 18 - no max age."

 

Waiver expired 12/31/2015.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Maine Money Follows the Person ("Homeward Bound")

“Money Follows the Person (MFP), known as Homeward Bound in Maine, is assisting individuals transitioning from institutional to community care and has provided enhanced public awareness of community services. MDS Section Q training for nursing facility staff in conjunction with the Maine Long Term Care Ombudsman Program is ensuring identification and referral of individuals interested in considering community living.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

States - Phablet

Snapshot

The state of Maine knows that Employment First is "The Way Life Should Be" for all people with disabilities who dream of having a successful career in their community.

State VR Rates and Services

A list of services offered by this state’s Vocational Rehabilitation agency, along with the standard rates paid for the performance of those services.

PDF icon Maine’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
-0.06%
Change from
2014 to 2015
1,329,328
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-1.04%
Change from
2014 to 2015
115,013
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-10.91%
Change from
2014 to 2015
34,052
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-9.76%
Change from
2014 to 2015
29.61%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
-0.23%
Change from
2014 to 2015
79.70%

State Data

General

2015
Population. 1,329,328
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 115,013
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 34,052
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 558,833
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 29.61%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 79.70%
Overall unemployment rate. 4.40%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 23.40%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 11.40%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 107,502
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 107,204
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 202,417
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 1,993
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 1,498
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 2,985
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 751
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 6,225
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 1,498

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 1,930
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 5.30%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 58,476

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 1,163
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 3,781
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 13,145
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 8.80%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.10%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 7.50%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 4.60%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 180
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 1,266
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 776
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 2,591
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.04

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 38
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 27
Percentage of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment relative to total the number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work. 71.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 2.03

 

VR OUTCOMES

2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 2,402
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 84,620
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. N/A
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. N/A
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. N/A
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. N/A
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 28.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 3,359
Number of people served in facility based work. 0
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 0
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 75.20

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 56.41%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 10.70%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 3.10%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 54.29%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14a). 22.98%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14b). 62.12%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or in some other postsecondary education or training program; or competitively employed or in some other employment within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14c). 89.38%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Subset of Indicator 14). 39.14%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 225,419
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 484
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 169,951
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 55,468
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 225,419
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 394
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 82
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 476
AbilityOne wages (products). $1,766,990
AbilityOne wages (services). $899,291

 

WAGE AND HOUR DIVISION: 14(c) CERTIFICATE-HOLDING ENTITIES OUTCOMES

2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding private businesses. 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 5
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 5
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding private businesses. 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 160
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 160

 

Legislation


Maine LD 1549: Kim Wallace Adaptive Equipment Loan Program Fund - 03/29/2016

There is established the Kim Wallace Adaptive Equipment Loan Program Fund, which must be used to provide funding for loans to qualified borrowers within the State in order to acquire adaptive equipment designed to assist the borrower in becoming independent and for other purposes as allowed under section 376. The fund must be deposited with,  the Treasurer of State and contain appropriations provided for that purpose, interest accrued on the fund balance, funds received by the program administrator to be applied to the fund and funds received in repayment of loans. This fund is a nonlapsing revolving fund. All money in the fund must be continuously applied to carry out the purposes of this chapter.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Employment First Maine Act - 06/22/2013

“In carrying out its duties to provide services and supports to persons with disabilities, a state agency shall include as a core component of its services and supports the opportunity for persons with disabilities to acquire integrated community-based employment or customized employment… When entering into contracts with providers of services to persons with disabilities, a state agency shall include appropriate provisions regarding facilitating integrated community-based employment or customized employment "and ensuring measurable outcomes…A state agency shall incorporate standards for integrated community-based employment and customized employment into its processes for program monitoring and quality assurance.”
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maine Act To Provide Integrated Community-based & Customized Employment - 06/01/2013

The Bill promotes: 1. “Employment as core component of services and supports. In carrying out its duties to provide services and supports to persons with disabilities, a state agency shall include as a core component of its services and supports the opportunity for persons with disabilities to acquire integrated community-based employment or customized employment.”   2. “First and preferred service or support option. When providing services or supports to a person with a disability, a state agency shall offer to the person, as the first and preferred service or support option, a choice of employment services that will support the acquisition by the person of integrated community-based employment or customized employment.”   3. “Coordination of efforts and information.”   4. “Pursuit of employment; option. Nothing in this chapter may be construed to require a person with a disability who receives services from a state agency to accept employment services from that state agency or to experience a loss of services as a result of choosing not to explore employment options.”  
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Maine State Agency and Departments Protection and Advocacy of People with Disabilities (Title 5 c.11)

The agency has the following powers and duties:   Information and referral.  The agency may provide information on and referral to programs and services addressing the needs of persons with disabilities.  Advice.  The agency may advise and educate individuals on the rights of persons with disabilities and otherwise support and assist those persons in the protection of and advocacy for those rights.  Pursuit of remedies.  The agency may pursue administrative, legal and other appropriate remedies on behalf of persons with disabilities…  Report.  The agency shall prepare an annual report for submission to the Governor, the Legislature, the Commissioner of Health and Human Services and the Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. The report must describe the activities, accomplishments and expenditures of the agency during the most recently completed fiscal year  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging
  • Data Sharing

Executive Orders

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

Policy


Maine CITE (Assistive Technology Training) - 04/19/2017

~~“Training is an integral part of the Maine CITE Coordinating Center’s mission. Training activities range from face-to-face conference and smaller group presentations to on-line training webinars.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

“Proficiency Diplomas Guidance for Students with Disabilities” - 02/23/2017

~~“Question: In the law it states “maintains the integrity of the standards as specified in the IEP”. Clarification: the IEP can define the performance tasks and accommodations, but not articulate the standards, correct?Answer: Correct. The IEP cannot change the complexity of the thinking or the conceptual understandings or skill level the standards are requiring for the proficiency- based diploma. We recognize there are times when a child’s performance may not be at the high school level. In these cases, the IEP is written at the present level of performance to honor where the child is functioning and articulates the accommodations and methods for gaining and demonstrating proficiency (e.g., pathways, types of evidence) with the intent to continue to support growth towards proficiency at the high school level. This intent recognizes the growth in complexity and conceptual understandings within the progression of learning from elementary standards, to middle school standards, to high school standards and recognizes students will need the opportunity to learn and demonstrate proficiency in the earlier grade spans before they are ready to learn and demonstrate proficiency of the high school standards.” 

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

State of Maine 2017 Supplemental and 2018-2019 Biennial Budget Briefing - 01/06/2017

~~“Major requests for General Funds and staffing are in the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Rehabilitation Services, where additional monies and staff will minimize the potential of having to waitlist people with disabilities who want to be employed. Initiatives include:• Two Rehabilitation Counselors costing approximately $150,000 in 2018 and 2019 to fund a comprehensive program including such providers like Jobs for Maine’s Graduates to increase employment engagement outreach for youth with disabilities by 33 percent (from 3,000 students to 4,000).$390,000 in 2019 for Vocational Rehabilitation to minimize the potential of creating a waitlist for people with significant disabilities who want to work;” 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other

“Maine Workers with Disabilities” - 01/01/2017

~~“This webpage and interactive tables are modeled after a grant-funded publication entitled Snapshot: Maine Workers with Disabilities….The target audience and consumers of these data are members of Maine's disability community: people with disabilities, advocates, policymakers, service providers, employers and other stakeholders. Links to the CWRI website appear on Maine Department of Labor Bureau of Rehabilitation Services and Maine Department of Health and Human Services and http://employmentforme.org/ - Maine's clearinghouse for disability employment resources.” 

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development

Maine Employment First Coalition Report to the Governor, Legislature and State Agencies - 11/17/2016

“Employment First is a growing national and state-level effort to ensure gainful employment is a priority focus of publicly funded programs and services for people with disabilities. It is a banner under which states are taking proactive steps to increase the workforce participation rate of their working -age residents with disabilities, putting in place policies and programmatic strategies to ensure gainful employment is expected first and supported first so that each person with a disability has the opportunity to find and keep gainful employment that matches their skills and abilities with businesses who need those skills and abilities. There are few if any states that do not have any Employment First efforts underway. Yet turning the tide, and revamping publicly funded programs to expect, encourage and support work first, is no simple task. As we know, nothing worth achieving is ever easy or quickly accomplished”

Systems
  • Other

Maine’s Person Centered Planning Process for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities and Autism - 11/01/2016

“Person-Centered Planning (PCP) is the required annual planning process for adults receiving developmental services in Maine. PCP involves identifying and describing the person’s needs and goals as well as the paid and unpaid supports and services the person requires to live a meaningful and self-directed life. When Person-Centered Planning works, people have enhanced opportunities to make personal choices and experience independence.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maine Department of Labor Receives Grant to Improve Employment Rates of Youth with Disabilities - 10/11/2016

Commissioner of Labor Jeanne Paquette is pleased to announce that the U.S. Department of Education has awarded the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services, part of the Maine Department of Labor, $9 million to help students with disabilities prepare for postsecondary education and competitive integrated employment. Other states receiving a grant were California, Maryland, Massachusetts and Vermont.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maine Department of Labor Program and Service Guide; A guide to services for employers provided by the Maine Department of Labor - 10/01/2016

“Workforce Development—Fostering Industry Partnerships: Maine’s workforce development system maximizes the Return-on-Investment for federal and state training funds and increases the involvement of private-sector job creators with the Workforce Development System to improve business relevance. Industry Partnerships have become a cornerstone of Maine’s workforce development strategy through the implementation of best practices from other states. These partnerships drive the entire system by identifying skill gaps and human resource needs in targeted industries and high-priority occupations. Partnerships serve to solve workforce challenges within their industries, thereby improving our local, regional and state economies.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Maine Department of Labor, Bureau of Rehabilitative :Services: Employer Services - 07/15/2016

The Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) partners with businesses interested in the inclusion of people with disabilities into the workforce. We can help meet your workforce needs and expand your market share. We connect your business with qualified employees and services in your area, as well as nationwide resources that can support your business. BRS can also connect your business with other Maine-based businesses that hire people with disabilities and who are willing to share their experience. For more information, contact BRS's Business Relations Specialist.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Maine DHHS Biennial Plan for Services to Adults with Intellectual Disabilities or Autism 2015-2016 - 06/02/2015

Employment First - every person served will be offered the opportunity to work in community-based, integrated, competitive employment. Employment has become a required component of the Person Centered Planning process and assistance to identify and overcome barriers that are a core component of planning and waiver services.   We will take the following steps to advance Employment First:    1. Create and offer district Community of Practices to increase Career Planning staff competencies in providing the Discovering Personal Genius process to individuals receiving Home and Community Based waiver services for Sections 21 and 29. 1.3 Develop and implement an updated Employment Data assessment in EIS  employment outcomes for all waiver participants who go to work and access work supports…   1.4 Expand the Business to Business engagement occurring through the Maine Business Leadership Network (BLN)…  1.5 Review and expand options for work supports staff certification..  2. Enhance current Work Force Development System for employment services staff….    
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maine HCBS Transition Plan - 02/20/2015

This Transition Plan is required by the federal government as part of new Medicaid regulations. It tells the federal government how Maine will meet the new Medicaid rules. All states must follow the federal rules for the Medicaid program. Medicaid is a joint federal and state program that pays for certain medical and related services. In Maine, the Medicaid program is called MaineCare. An individual who gets services from MaineCare is called a member. The federal agency that is responsible for Medicaid is called the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (“CMS”). The new rules are about certain home and Community-Based services. These services are sometimes called “HCBS” for short. HCBS are services that people get in a community setting and are a different option from institutional services such as a hospital, nursing facility or intermediate care facility. There are many of types of home and Community-Based services and this can mean different things to different people.

 

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Maine mPower Loan Program - 01/02/2015

Maine Legislation created the Kim Wallace Adaptive Equipment Loan program (The mPower Loan Fund).  The program provides Maine citizens and businesses with affordable loans to create access, buy equipment and assistive technology to achieve greater independence, life enrichment, productivity and/or community participation.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Maine DHHS Employment Policy for Individuals Served - 10/07/2010

This is a Maine Department of Health and Human Services Employment Policy indicating that all individuals are “presumed able and have the opportunity to work.” The Department “shall support career development and meaningful employment for all working aged individuals receiving services through the Department. Employment is part of the natural course of adult life and provides opportunities for economic gain, personal growth and contributing to one’s community. The development of a skilled and motivated workforce is essential to meeting the needs of Maine businesses...

"Implementation of the DHHS Employment Policy will be driven by continuing quality improvement, quality assurance and service accountability consistent with the following tenets: 1. All individuals shall be presumed able and have the opportunity to work. 2. Career planning will result from a strength based approach identifying the individuals’ interests, capabilities and supports needed for successful employment. 3. Employment support will emphasize the development and use of natural connections such as co-workers, supervisors, friends and family. 4. Employment shall be in integrated businesses and offer compensation that is fair and equitable. 5. Employment services shall be culturally and linguistically appropriate. 6. Efforts to increase employment will be coordinated in partnership with other State and Private agencies working toward a strong, diversified Maine workforce.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

ME DoL Bureau of Rehabilitation Services - Basic Extended Support Program - 06/06/2010

“The purpose of the Basic Extended Support Program is to provide ongoing support needs to VR consumers with the most significant disabilities once training has been completed. The program provides financial assistance to providers of ongoing support and/or employers to help defray the additional cost incurred providing job coaching, training and supervision on a supported work site.” Includes rules on eligibility, appeals process, allowable services, case management, and termination.

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Maine Commission on Disabilities and Employment - 07/01/1997

The Commission was established by the legislature in 1997 and promotes collaboration with the public and private sectors to increase awareness and influence policy related to employment for people with disabilities. Its members envision a Maine workforce that includes all people with disabilities employed in jobs that meet both their economic and personal needs.

For more information about this committee, contact Garret Oswald, State Workforce Investment Board at (207) 621-5087.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maine State Plan for Assistive Technology Summary

~~“In 1989, the Governor appointed the Department of Education (DOE) as the lead agency for the Maine CITE Program. The Office of Special Services within the Department assumed responsibility for overseeing the activities of the Program.

The Program started with the Department of Education, the University of Maine System and Alpha One as the original partners. Partnerships broadened over the years to include private and public entities that provide AT devices and services to Maine people of all ages and disabilities. This partnership is now known as the Assistive Technology Consortia”

Systems
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

“Maine’s Person Centered Planning Process for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities and Autism”

“DHHS is committed to supporting career development and meaningful employment for all working-age individuals who receive services. Developmental Services is required under The Employment First Maine Act (Sec. A-1. 26 MRSA c. 39) to offer customized, individual employment services as the “first and preferred service option” before other day services. Employment is part of the natural course of adult life and provides opportunities for economic gain, personal growth and contributing to one’s community. All individuals shall be presumed able and have the opportunity to work as defined in DHHS Policy CS-01-10, Employment of People Served Policy. For more information, go to: http://www.employmentforme.org. “

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Maine Career Center “Maine Department of Labor, Bureau of Employment Services”

The Bureau of Employment Services (BES) provides comprehensive services to job seekers with disabilities. Through the CareerCenters' the BES is an Employment Network (EN) participating in the Ticket to Work Program (see below for details). Specific supports and services offered through the BES are:

Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA). The Maine Apprenticeship Program. Competitive Skills Scholarship Program (CSSP). Ticket to Work. Employment and training services for youth and older workers. Resources for employers. Referrals to partner agencies. Many other training and employment services.

The BES also offers job fairs, workshops and seminars through the CareerCenters, covering topics such as:

Ticket to Work- SSA Benefits Overview. Resume Building. Interview Practice. Career Planning and Skills Evaluation. And more.
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maine Department of Labor Program and Service Guide

Employment Services Provided by the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services

For Employers

• Pre-employment services — connect with potential employees through internships, mentoring opportunities and training that is customized to your needs or delivered on-the-job.

• Recruitment and referral — professional help with recruiting and matching you with qualified candidates.

• Staff training — get training for your staff on disability awareness, the Americans with Disabilities Act and topics related to disabilities and assistive technology in the workplace.

• Diversity — learn new strategies to support the inclusion of people with disabilities as customers and employees.

• Retention — get support services for employees who may develop or acquire a disability.

• Financial supports — find out the latest information on available tax credits and/or deductions for hiring or accommodating people with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Partnerships


Employment First Maine Coalition - 07/02/2013

Employment First Maine (EFM) is a broad based coalition of individuals with disabilities, families, advocates, providers and state agency representatives committed to improving and enhancing employment outcomes for Maine citizens with disabilities, including veterans with service-connected disabilities. EFM has worked for over 18 months, participated in the national Alliance for Full Participation and is now an active member of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability    Employment Policy’s Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program’s Community of Practice.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maine Developmental Disabilities Council

“The Maine Developmental Disabilities Council (MDDC) is a partnership of people with disabilities, their families, and agencies which identifies barriers to community inclusion, self determination, and independence. The Council acts to effect positive change through advocacy, training, demonstration projects, and support for other inclusive and collaborative systemic change activities.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maine’s Ticket To Work program

“Since 2003, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has mailed Tickets in Maine to eligible beneficiaries. SSA disability beneficiaries who receive a Ticket may use it to obtain the services they need from an Employment Network (EN) of their choice.” ENs currently accepting Tickets include Katahdin Friends, Inc., Maine Department of Labor Bureau of Employment Services-CareerCenters, Maine Bureau of Rehabilitation Services Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired and Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Maine Medical Center Department of Vocational Services, and Work Opportunities Unlimited.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maine Business Leadership Network

“The Maine Business Leadership Network is an employer-led affiliate of the US Business Leadership Network, a national organization that serves as the collective voice of over 60 Business Leadership Network affiliates across North America, representing over 5,000 employers."

“The Maine BLN will be focused on assisting businesses in attracting and retaining new employees and customers with disabilities, developing business leaders who value diversity and actively work to promote strong communities that include individuals with disabilities, and increasing opportunities for businesses to expand their diversity recruiting efforts, not as a social model but as a business case to recruit talent and better serve their customers.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Systems-Change Funding


Maine Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) - 10/01/2013

The Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) is a three-year federal grant program that improves education, training, employment opportunities, and employment outcomes for youth and adults with disabilities who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits. In 2010, Maine was awarded a Round 1 DEI grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment Training Administration. When this grant ended in 2013, a Round 4 grant was awarded. This grant began in 2013 and will end in 2016.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Maine Medicaid Balancing Incentives Program - 05/01/2013

The Balancing Incentive Program authorizes grants to States to increase access to non-institutional long-term services and supports (LTSS) as of October 1, 2011. The Balancing Incentive Program will help States transform their long-term care systems by: • Lowering costs through improved systems performance & efficiency • Creating tools to help consumers with care planning & assessment • Improving quality measurement & oversight The Balancing Incentive Program also provides new ways to serve more people in home and community-based settings, in keeping with the integration mandate of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as required by the Olmstead decision. The Balancing Incentive Program was created by the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (Section 10202). Maine applied for the BIP enhanced FMAP May 1, 2012. Maine’s application was awarded effective July 1, 2012

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Maine Money Follows the Person ("Homeward Bound")

“Money Follows the Person (MFP), known as Homeward Bound in Maine, is assisting individuals transitioning from institutional to community care and has provided enhanced public awareness of community services. MDS Section Q training for nursing facility staff in conjunction with the Maine Long Term Care Ombudsman Program is ensuring identification and referral of individuals interested in considering community living.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Maine Promoting the Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income (PROMISE) Program

“PROMISE is a joint initiative of the US Department of Education, Social Security Administration, US Department of Health and Human Services and US Department of Labor. Under PROMISE, states will be funded to develop and implement model demonstration projects that promote positive outcomes for children who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and their families. PROMISE will improve the provision and coordination of services and supports for child SSI recipients and their families to enable them to achieve improved outcomes. Outcomes include: graduating from high school ready for college and a career, completing postsecondary education and job training, and obtaining competitive employment in an integrated setting and, as a result, achieving long-term reductions in the child recipients’ reliance on SSI.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Training/Capacity Building


Maine Department of Labor Program and Service Guide - 07/01/2016

Staff training — get training for your staff on disability awareness, the Americans with Disabilities Act and topics related to disabilities and assistive technology in the workplace.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Maine CareerCenter Staff Guide to Disability Work Incentives - 01/15/2011

“This resource guide is for CareerCenter staff and individuals who request information on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Work Incentives Planning and Assistance in order to prepare job seekers for employment options and related opportunities."

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment

Maine College of Direct Support - Work Supports Certificate

“Completion of the Maine College of Direct Support (ME CDS) is required for Direct Support Professionals supporting Maine citizens with intellectual disabilities and replaces the Direct Support Professional (DSP) Curriculum as meeting the training requirements for MaineCare Sections 21 and 29. ... Currently, there are four types of certificates available in the Maine College of Direct Support that can only be obtained through an agency providing services to people with intellectual disabilities:” (1) Maine College of Direct Support Certificate; (2) Maine College of Direct Support - Shared Living Provider Certificate; (3) Maine College of Direct Support - Work Supports Certificate; and (4) Maine College of Direct Support – Case Manager Orientation Certificate.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Maine Department of Health and Human Services' Staff Education and Training Unit

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services’ Staff Education and Training Unit offers a variety of in-person and online trainings for staff working with persons with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Center for Learning (CFL) at the Muskie School of Public Service

“By overseeing competency-based certification programs for staff working in the mental health field, CFL supports best practice and informs policy in the area of workforce development. In administering the Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician (MHRT) certification programs, CFL develops knowledge competencies, designs and implements quality assurance processes, and assesses workers' qualifications. CFL also collaborates with academic institutions and other agencies in Maine that provide education and training to ensure that mental health courses, programs and trainers meet standards outlined in the MHRT/C Procedural Guidelines and Trainer and Curriculum Standards”.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Access Maine Transition Planning Tool-kit

“This guide will serve as an introduction to the world of “Adult Services” and will hopefully answer these questions and more. Our goal is to provide you with information that will address some of your concerns about what it will be like for your child when he/she has completed schooling. All young adults are different, as are all families. There is no single “right plan” in transition planning and what some families want for their child may or may not be what you want for yours. The best planning occurs when it considers contributions from a variety of sources: the student, the family, the school, representatives from adult service agencies, and other involved community members. It is meant to improve a student’s employment ability, continuing education options, housing options, and to develop a social and recreational network that continues after high school.” 

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Enforcement


Consent Decree Plan Pursuant to Paragraphs 36, 37, 38 and 279 of the Settlement Agreement in Bates v. DHHS - 10/13/2006

This vocational plan:

•     Provides training and education to community support staff about the importance of employment to recovery and the engagement of the consumers in discussions about work, and adds the requirement for certification and ongoing education in employment as a required competency module;   

•     Funds additional Benefit Specialists so that misinformation and lack of information are removed as barriers to pursuing work; and

•     Increases both the prominence and possibility of employment by adding Employment Specialists to agencies in each of the seven community service networks.  The employment specialists will work directly with consumers, serve as a resource to providers, and coordinate employment support services between OAMHS and BRS.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation

Medicaid & Employment


MaineCare Benefits Manual Chapter II “Home and Community Based Services for Adults with Other Related Conditions” - 03/01/2017

~~“Application: After receiving the choice letter, the DHHS Care Monitor will meet with the member and guardian or legal representative (where applicable) and complete the initial ORC application. If the member appears to qualify and is interested in Money Follows the Person/ Homeward Bound MFP/HB, the member will be referred for MFP/HB determination for Money Follows the Person/ Homeward Bound MFP/HB. Enrollment and Transition coordination through MFP/HB will be provided per Money Follows the Person/ Homeward Bound MFP/HB program requirements as outlined in the CMS approved Operational Protocol for Money Follows the Person/ Homeward Bound MFP/HB.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

ME Home & Community Services for Adults w/ID or Autism Spectrum Disorder (0159.R06.00) - 07/01/2015

Provides community support, home support (1/4 hr), per diem home support, work support, communication aids, consultation, counseling, crisis assessment, crisis intervention, employment specialist services, home accessibility adaptations, non-traditional communication consultation, non-medical transportation, non-traditional communication assessment, OT (maintenance), PT, (maintenance), specialized medical equipment and supplies, speech therapy (maintenance) for individuals w/autism, IID ages 18 - no max age

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Maine HCBS Transition Plan - 04/14/2015

This Transition Plan is required by the federal government as part of new Medicaid regulations. It tells the federal government how Maine will meet the new Medicaid rules. All states must follow the federal rules for the Medicaid program. Medicaid is a joint federal and state program that pays for certain medical and related services.  In Maine, the Medicaid program is called MaineCare. An individual who gets services from MaineCare is called a member. The federal agency that is responsible for Medicaid is called the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (“CMS”).  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Maine Department of Education ESEA Flexibility - 08/12/2013

“The Maine Department of Education's ESEA flexibility request was approved on August 12, 2013 and amended on August 13, 2015."

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Maine Balancing Incentives Program - 05/01/2013

“The Balancing Incentive Program authorizes grants to States to increase access to non-institutional long-term services and supports (LTSS) as of October 1, 2011. The Balancing Incentive Program will help States transform their long-term care systems by: • Lowering costs through improved systems performance & efficiency • Creating tools to help consumers with care planning & assessment • Improving quality measurement & oversight The Balancing Incentive Program also provides new ways to serve more people in home and community-based settings, in keeping with the integration mandate of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as required by the Olmstead decision. The Balancing Incentive Program was created by the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (Section 10202). Maine applied for the BIP enhanced FMAP May 1, 2012. Maine’s application was awarded effective July 1, 2012”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Maine Support Services for Adults w/ID or Autistic Disorder (0467.R01.00) - 01/01/2011

"Provides community support, home support 1/4 hr, respite, work support-group, assistive technology, career planning, employment specialist services, home accessibility adaptations, home support remote support, transportation, work support-individual for individuals w/autism and ID ages 18 - no max age."

 

Waiver expired 12/31/2015.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Maine Money Follows the Person ("Homeward Bound")

“Money Follows the Person (MFP), known as Homeward Bound in Maine, is assisting individuals transitioning from institutional to community care and has provided enhanced public awareness of community services. MDS Section Q training for nursing facility staff in conjunction with the Maine Long Term Care Ombudsman Program is ensuring identification and referral of individuals interested in considering community living.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

States - Phone

Snapshot

The state of Maine knows that Employment First is "The Way Life Should Be" for all people with disabilities who dream of having a successful career in their community.

State VR Rates and Services

A list of services offered by this state’s Vocational Rehabilitation agency, along with the standard rates paid for the performance of those services.

PDF icon Maine’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
-0.06%
Change from
2014 to 2015
1,329,328
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-1.04%
Change from
2014 to 2015
115,013
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-10.91%
Change from
2014 to 2015
34,052
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-9.76%
Change from
2014 to 2015
29.61%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
-0.23%
Change from
2014 to 2015
79.70%

State Data

General

2015
Population. 1,329,328
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 115,013
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 34,052
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 558,833
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 29.61%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 79.70%
Overall unemployment rate. 4.40%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 23.40%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 11.40%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 107,502
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 107,204
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 202,417
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 1,993
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 1,498
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 2,985
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 751
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 6,225
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 1,498

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 1,930
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 5.30%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 58,476

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 1,163
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 3,781
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 13,145
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 8.80%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.10%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 7.50%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 4.60%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 180
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 1,266
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 776
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 2,591
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.04

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 38
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 27
Percentage of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment relative to total the number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work. 71.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 2.03

 

VR OUTCOMES

2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 2,402
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 84,620
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. N/A
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. N/A
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. N/A
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. N/A
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 28.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 3,359
Number of people served in facility based work. 0
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 0
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 75.20

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 56.41%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 10.70%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 3.10%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 54.29%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14a). 22.98%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14b). 62.12%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or in some other postsecondary education or training program; or competitively employed or in some other employment within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14c). 89.38%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Subset of Indicator 14). 39.14%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 225,419
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 484
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 169,951
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 55,468
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 225,419
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 394
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 82
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 476
AbilityOne wages (products). $1,766,990
AbilityOne wages (services). $899,291

 

WAGE AND HOUR DIVISION: 14(c) CERTIFICATE-HOLDING ENTITIES OUTCOMES

2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding private businesses. 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 5
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 5
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding private businesses. 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 160
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 160

 

Legislation


Maine LD 1549: Kim Wallace Adaptive Equipment Loan Program Fund - 03/29/2016

There is established the Kim Wallace Adaptive Equipment Loan Program Fund, which must be used to provide funding for loans to qualified borrowers within the State in order to acquire adaptive equipment designed to assist the borrower in becoming independent and for other purposes as allowed under section 376. The fund must be deposited with,  the Treasurer of State and contain appropriations provided for that purpose, interest accrued on the fund balance, funds received by the program administrator to be applied to the fund and funds received in repayment of loans. This fund is a nonlapsing revolving fund. All money in the fund must be continuously applied to carry out the purposes of this chapter.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Employment First Maine Act - 06/22/2013

“In carrying out its duties to provide services and supports to persons with disabilities, a state agency shall include as a core component of its services and supports the opportunity for persons with disabilities to acquire integrated community-based employment or customized employment… When entering into contracts with providers of services to persons with disabilities, a state agency shall include appropriate provisions regarding facilitating integrated community-based employment or customized employment "and ensuring measurable outcomes…A state agency shall incorporate standards for integrated community-based employment and customized employment into its processes for program monitoring and quality assurance.”
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maine Act To Provide Integrated Community-based & Customized Employment - 06/01/2013

The Bill promotes: 1. “Employment as core component of services and supports. In carrying out its duties to provide services and supports to persons with disabilities, a state agency shall include as a core component of its services and supports the opportunity for persons with disabilities to acquire integrated community-based employment or customized employment.”   2. “First and preferred service or support option. When providing services or supports to a person with a disability, a state agency shall offer to the person, as the first and preferred service or support option, a choice of employment services that will support the acquisition by the person of integrated community-based employment or customized employment.”   3. “Coordination of efforts and information.”   4. “Pursuit of employment; option. Nothing in this chapter may be construed to require a person with a disability who receives services from a state agency to accept employment services from that state agency or to experience a loss of services as a result of choosing not to explore employment options.”  
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Maine State Agency and Departments Protection and Advocacy of People with Disabilities (Title 5 c.11)

The agency has the following powers and duties:   Information and referral.  The agency may provide information on and referral to programs and services addressing the needs of persons with disabilities.  Advice.  The agency may advise and educate individuals on the rights of persons with disabilities and otherwise support and assist those persons in the protection of and advocacy for those rights.  Pursuit of remedies.  The agency may pursue administrative, legal and other appropriate remedies on behalf of persons with disabilities…  Report.  The agency shall prepare an annual report for submission to the Governor, the Legislature, the Commissioner of Health and Human Services and the Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. The report must describe the activities, accomplishments and expenditures of the agency during the most recently completed fiscal year  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging
  • Data Sharing

Executive Orders

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

Policy


Maine CITE (Assistive Technology Training) - 04/19/2017

~~“Training is an integral part of the Maine CITE Coordinating Center’s mission. Training activities range from face-to-face conference and smaller group presentations to on-line training webinars.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

“Proficiency Diplomas Guidance for Students with Disabilities” - 02/23/2017

~~“Question: In the law it states “maintains the integrity of the standards as specified in the IEP”. Clarification: the IEP can define the performance tasks and accommodations, but not articulate the standards, correct?Answer: Correct. The IEP cannot change the complexity of the thinking or the conceptual understandings or skill level the standards are requiring for the proficiency- based diploma. We recognize there are times when a child’s performance may not be at the high school level. In these cases, the IEP is written at the present level of performance to honor where the child is functioning and articulates the accommodations and methods for gaining and demonstrating proficiency (e.g., pathways, types of evidence) with the intent to continue to support growth towards proficiency at the high school level. This intent recognizes the growth in complexity and conceptual understandings within the progression of learning from elementary standards, to middle school standards, to high school standards and recognizes students will need the opportunity to learn and demonstrate proficiency in the earlier grade spans before they are ready to learn and demonstrate proficiency of the high school standards.” 

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

State of Maine 2017 Supplemental and 2018-2019 Biennial Budget Briefing - 01/06/2017

~~“Major requests for General Funds and staffing are in the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Rehabilitation Services, where additional monies and staff will minimize the potential of having to waitlist people with disabilities who want to be employed. Initiatives include:• Two Rehabilitation Counselors costing approximately $150,000 in 2018 and 2019 to fund a comprehensive program including such providers like Jobs for Maine’s Graduates to increase employment engagement outreach for youth with disabilities by 33 percent (from 3,000 students to 4,000).$390,000 in 2019 for Vocational Rehabilitation to minimize the potential of creating a waitlist for people with significant disabilities who want to work;” 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other

“Maine Workers with Disabilities” - 01/01/2017

~~“This webpage and interactive tables are modeled after a grant-funded publication entitled Snapshot: Maine Workers with Disabilities….The target audience and consumers of these data are members of Maine's disability community: people with disabilities, advocates, policymakers, service providers, employers and other stakeholders. Links to the CWRI website appear on Maine Department of Labor Bureau of Rehabilitation Services and Maine Department of Health and Human Services and http://employmentforme.org/ - Maine's clearinghouse for disability employment resources.” 

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development

Maine Employment First Coalition Report to the Governor, Legislature and State Agencies - 11/17/2016

“Employment First is a growing national and state-level effort to ensure gainful employment is a priority focus of publicly funded programs and services for people with disabilities. It is a banner under which states are taking proactive steps to increase the workforce participation rate of their working -age residents with disabilities, putting in place policies and programmatic strategies to ensure gainful employment is expected first and supported first so that each person with a disability has the opportunity to find and keep gainful employment that matches their skills and abilities with businesses who need those skills and abilities. There are few if any states that do not have any Employment First efforts underway. Yet turning the tide, and revamping publicly funded programs to expect, encourage and support work first, is no simple task. As we know, nothing worth achieving is ever easy or quickly accomplished”

Systems
  • Other

Maine’s Person Centered Planning Process for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities and Autism - 11/01/2016

“Person-Centered Planning (PCP) is the required annual planning process for adults receiving developmental services in Maine. PCP involves identifying and describing the person’s needs and goals as well as the paid and unpaid supports and services the person requires to live a meaningful and self-directed life. When Person-Centered Planning works, people have enhanced opportunities to make personal choices and experience independence.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maine Department of Labor Receives Grant to Improve Employment Rates of Youth with Disabilities - 10/11/2016

Commissioner of Labor Jeanne Paquette is pleased to announce that the U.S. Department of Education has awarded the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services, part of the Maine Department of Labor, $9 million to help students with disabilities prepare for postsecondary education and competitive integrated employment. Other states receiving a grant were California, Maryland, Massachusetts and Vermont.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maine Department of Labor Program and Service Guide; A guide to services for employers provided by the Maine Department of Labor - 10/01/2016

“Workforce Development—Fostering Industry Partnerships: Maine’s workforce development system maximizes the Return-on-Investment for federal and state training funds and increases the involvement of private-sector job creators with the Workforce Development System to improve business relevance. Industry Partnerships have become a cornerstone of Maine’s workforce development strategy through the implementation of best practices from other states. These partnerships drive the entire system by identifying skill gaps and human resource needs in targeted industries and high-priority occupations. Partnerships serve to solve workforce challenges within their industries, thereby improving our local, regional and state economies.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Maine Department of Labor, Bureau of Rehabilitative :Services: Employer Services - 07/15/2016

The Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) partners with businesses interested in the inclusion of people with disabilities into the workforce. We can help meet your workforce needs and expand your market share. We connect your business with qualified employees and services in your area, as well as nationwide resources that can support your business. BRS can also connect your business with other Maine-based businesses that hire people with disabilities and who are willing to share their experience. For more information, contact BRS's Business Relations Specialist.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Maine DHHS Biennial Plan for Services to Adults with Intellectual Disabilities or Autism 2015-2016 - 06/02/2015

Employment First - every person served will be offered the opportunity to work in community-based, integrated, competitive employment. Employment has become a required component of the Person Centered Planning process and assistance to identify and overcome barriers that are a core component of planning and waiver services.   We will take the following steps to advance Employment First:    1. Create and offer district Community of Practices to increase Career Planning staff competencies in providing the Discovering Personal Genius process to individuals receiving Home and Community Based waiver services for Sections 21 and 29. 1.3 Develop and implement an updated Employment Data assessment in EIS  employment outcomes for all waiver participants who go to work and access work supports…   1.4 Expand the Business to Business engagement occurring through the Maine Business Leadership Network (BLN)…  1.5 Review and expand options for work supports staff certification..  2. Enhance current Work Force Development System for employment services staff….    
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maine HCBS Transition Plan - 02/20/2015

This Transition Plan is required by the federal government as part of new Medicaid regulations. It tells the federal government how Maine will meet the new Medicaid rules. All states must follow the federal rules for the Medicaid program. Medicaid is a joint federal and state program that pays for certain medical and related services. In Maine, the Medicaid program is called MaineCare. An individual who gets services from MaineCare is called a member. The federal agency that is responsible for Medicaid is called the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (“CMS”). The new rules are about certain home and Community-Based services. These services are sometimes called “HCBS” for short. HCBS are services that people get in a community setting and are a different option from institutional services such as a hospital, nursing facility or intermediate care facility. There are many of types of home and Community-Based services and this can mean different things to different people.

 

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Maine mPower Loan Program - 01/02/2015

Maine Legislation created the Kim Wallace Adaptive Equipment Loan program (The mPower Loan Fund).  The program provides Maine citizens and businesses with affordable loans to create access, buy equipment and assistive technology to achieve greater independence, life enrichment, productivity and/or community participation.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Maine DHHS Employment Policy for Individuals Served - 10/07/2010

This is a Maine Department of Health and Human Services Employment Policy indicating that all individuals are “presumed able and have the opportunity to work.” The Department “shall support career development and meaningful employment for all working aged individuals receiving services through the Department. Employment is part of the natural course of adult life and provides opportunities for economic gain, personal growth and contributing to one’s community. The development of a skilled and motivated workforce is essential to meeting the needs of Maine businesses...

"Implementation of the DHHS Employment Policy will be driven by continuing quality improvement, quality assurance and service accountability consistent with the following tenets: 1. All individuals shall be presumed able and have the opportunity to work. 2. Career planning will result from a strength based approach identifying the individuals’ interests, capabilities and supports needed for successful employment. 3. Employment support will emphasize the development and use of natural connections such as co-workers, supervisors, friends and family. 4. Employment shall be in integrated businesses and offer compensation that is fair and equitable. 5. Employment services shall be culturally and linguistically appropriate. 6. Efforts to increase employment will be coordinated in partnership with other State and Private agencies working toward a strong, diversified Maine workforce.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

ME DoL Bureau of Rehabilitation Services - Basic Extended Support Program - 06/06/2010

“The purpose of the Basic Extended Support Program is to provide ongoing support needs to VR consumers with the most significant disabilities once training has been completed. The program provides financial assistance to providers of ongoing support and/or employers to help defray the additional cost incurred providing job coaching, training and supervision on a supported work site.” Includes rules on eligibility, appeals process, allowable services, case management, and termination.

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Maine Commission on Disabilities and Employment - 07/01/1997

The Commission was established by the legislature in 1997 and promotes collaboration with the public and private sectors to increase awareness and influence policy related to employment for people with disabilities. Its members envision a Maine workforce that includes all people with disabilities employed in jobs that meet both their economic and personal needs.

For more information about this committee, contact Garret Oswald, State Workforce Investment Board at (207) 621-5087.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maine State Plan for Assistive Technology Summary

~~“In 1989, the Governor appointed the Department of Education (DOE) as the lead agency for the Maine CITE Program. The Office of Special Services within the Department assumed responsibility for overseeing the activities of the Program.

The Program started with the Department of Education, the University of Maine System and Alpha One as the original partners. Partnerships broadened over the years to include private and public entities that provide AT devices and services to Maine people of all ages and disabilities. This partnership is now known as the Assistive Technology Consortia”

Systems
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

“Maine’s Person Centered Planning Process for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities and Autism”

“DHHS is committed to supporting career development and meaningful employment for all working-age individuals who receive services. Developmental Services is required under The Employment First Maine Act (Sec. A-1. 26 MRSA c. 39) to offer customized, individual employment services as the “first and preferred service option” before other day services. Employment is part of the natural course of adult life and provides opportunities for economic gain, personal growth and contributing to one’s community. All individuals shall be presumed able and have the opportunity to work as defined in DHHS Policy CS-01-10, Employment of People Served Policy. For more information, go to: http://www.employmentforme.org. “

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Maine Career Center “Maine Department of Labor, Bureau of Employment Services”

The Bureau of Employment Services (BES) provides comprehensive services to job seekers with disabilities. Through the CareerCenters' the BES is an Employment Network (EN) participating in the Ticket to Work Program (see below for details). Specific supports and services offered through the BES are:

Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA). The Maine Apprenticeship Program. Competitive Skills Scholarship Program (CSSP). Ticket to Work. Employment and training services for youth and older workers. Resources for employers. Referrals to partner agencies. Many other training and employment services.

The BES also offers job fairs, workshops and seminars through the CareerCenters, covering topics such as:

Ticket to Work- SSA Benefits Overview. Resume Building. Interview Practice. Career Planning and Skills Evaluation. And more.
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maine Department of Labor Program and Service Guide

Employment Services Provided by the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services

For Employers

• Pre-employment services — connect with potential employees through internships, mentoring opportunities and training that is customized to your needs or delivered on-the-job.

• Recruitment and referral — professional help with recruiting and matching you with qualified candidates.

• Staff training — get training for your staff on disability awareness, the Americans with Disabilities Act and topics related to disabilities and assistive technology in the workplace.

• Diversity — learn new strategies to support the inclusion of people with disabilities as customers and employees.

• Retention — get support services for employees who may develop or acquire a disability.

• Financial supports — find out the latest information on available tax credits and/or deductions for hiring or accommodating people with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Partnerships


Employment First Maine Coalition - 07/02/2013

Employment First Maine (EFM) is a broad based coalition of individuals with disabilities, families, advocates, providers and state agency representatives committed to improving and enhancing employment outcomes for Maine citizens with disabilities, including veterans with service-connected disabilities. EFM has worked for over 18 months, participated in the national Alliance for Full Participation and is now an active member of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability    Employment Policy’s Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program’s Community of Practice.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maine Developmental Disabilities Council

“The Maine Developmental Disabilities Council (MDDC) is a partnership of people with disabilities, their families, and agencies which identifies barriers to community inclusion, self determination, and independence. The Council acts to effect positive change through advocacy, training, demonstration projects, and support for other inclusive and collaborative systemic change activities.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maine’s Ticket To Work program

“Since 2003, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has mailed Tickets in Maine to eligible beneficiaries. SSA disability beneficiaries who receive a Ticket may use it to obtain the services they need from an Employment Network (EN) of their choice.” ENs currently accepting Tickets include Katahdin Friends, Inc., Maine Department of Labor Bureau of Employment Services-CareerCenters, Maine Bureau of Rehabilitation Services Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired and Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Maine Medical Center Department of Vocational Services, and Work Opportunities Unlimited.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maine Business Leadership Network

“The Maine Business Leadership Network is an employer-led affiliate of the US Business Leadership Network, a national organization that serves as the collective voice of over 60 Business Leadership Network affiliates across North America, representing over 5,000 employers."

“The Maine BLN will be focused on assisting businesses in attracting and retaining new employees and customers with disabilities, developing business leaders who value diversity and actively work to promote strong communities that include individuals with disabilities, and increasing opportunities for businesses to expand their diversity recruiting efforts, not as a social model but as a business case to recruit talent and better serve their customers.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Systems-Change Funding


Maine Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) - 10/01/2013

The Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) is a three-year federal grant program that improves education, training, employment opportunities, and employment outcomes for youth and adults with disabilities who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits. In 2010, Maine was awarded a Round 1 DEI grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment Training Administration. When this grant ended in 2013, a Round 4 grant was awarded. This grant began in 2013 and will end in 2016.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Maine Medicaid Balancing Incentives Program - 05/01/2013

The Balancing Incentive Program authorizes grants to States to increase access to non-institutional long-term services and supports (LTSS) as of October 1, 2011. The Balancing Incentive Program will help States transform their long-term care systems by: • Lowering costs through improved systems performance & efficiency • Creating tools to help consumers with care planning & assessment • Improving quality measurement & oversight The Balancing Incentive Program also provides new ways to serve more people in home and community-based settings, in keeping with the integration mandate of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as required by the Olmstead decision. The Balancing Incentive Program was created by the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (Section 10202). Maine applied for the BIP enhanced FMAP May 1, 2012. Maine’s application was awarded effective July 1, 2012

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Maine Money Follows the Person ("Homeward Bound")

“Money Follows the Person (MFP), known as Homeward Bound in Maine, is assisting individuals transitioning from institutional to community care and has provided enhanced public awareness of community services. MDS Section Q training for nursing facility staff in conjunction with the Maine Long Term Care Ombudsman Program is ensuring identification and referral of individuals interested in considering community living.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Maine Promoting the Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income (PROMISE) Program

“PROMISE is a joint initiative of the US Department of Education, Social Security Administration, US Department of Health and Human Services and US Department of Labor. Under PROMISE, states will be funded to develop and implement model demonstration projects that promote positive outcomes for children who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and their families. PROMISE will improve the provision and coordination of services and supports for child SSI recipients and their families to enable them to achieve improved outcomes. Outcomes include: graduating from high school ready for college and a career, completing postsecondary education and job training, and obtaining competitive employment in an integrated setting and, as a result, achieving long-term reductions in the child recipients’ reliance on SSI.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Training/Capacity Building


Maine Department of Labor Program and Service Guide - 07/01/2016

Staff training — get training for your staff on disability awareness, the Americans with Disabilities Act and topics related to disabilities and assistive technology in the workplace.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Maine CareerCenter Staff Guide to Disability Work Incentives - 01/15/2011

“This resource guide is for CareerCenter staff and individuals who request information on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Work Incentives Planning and Assistance in order to prepare job seekers for employment options and related opportunities."

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment

Maine College of Direct Support - Work Supports Certificate

“Completion of the Maine College of Direct Support (ME CDS) is required for Direct Support Professionals supporting Maine citizens with intellectual disabilities and replaces the Direct Support Professional (DSP) Curriculum as meeting the training requirements for MaineCare Sections 21 and 29. ... Currently, there are four types of certificates available in the Maine College of Direct Support that can only be obtained through an agency providing services to people with intellectual disabilities:” (1) Maine College of Direct Support Certificate; (2) Maine College of Direct Support - Shared Living Provider Certificate; (3) Maine College of Direct Support - Work Supports Certificate; and (4) Maine College of Direct Support – Case Manager Orientation Certificate.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Maine Department of Health and Human Services' Staff Education and Training Unit

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services’ Staff Education and Training Unit offers a variety of in-person and online trainings for staff working with persons with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Center for Learning (CFL) at the Muskie School of Public Service

“By overseeing competency-based certification programs for staff working in the mental health field, CFL supports best practice and informs policy in the area of workforce development. In administering the Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician (MHRT) certification programs, CFL develops knowledge competencies, designs and implements quality assurance processes, and assesses workers' qualifications. CFL also collaborates with academic institutions and other agencies in Maine that provide education and training to ensure that mental health courses, programs and trainers meet standards outlined in the MHRT/C Procedural Guidelines and Trainer and Curriculum Standards”.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Access Maine Transition Planning Tool-kit

“This guide will serve as an introduction to the world of “Adult Services” and will hopefully answer these questions and more. Our goal is to provide you with information that will address some of your concerns about what it will be like for your child when he/she has completed schooling. All young adults are different, as are all families. There is no single “right plan” in transition planning and what some families want for their child may or may not be what you want for yours. The best planning occurs when it considers contributions from a variety of sources: the student, the family, the school, representatives from adult service agencies, and other involved community members. It is meant to improve a student’s employment ability, continuing education options, housing options, and to develop a social and recreational network that continues after high school.” 

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Enforcement


Consent Decree Plan Pursuant to Paragraphs 36, 37, 38 and 279 of the Settlement Agreement in Bates v. DHHS - 10/13/2006

This vocational plan:

•     Provides training and education to community support staff about the importance of employment to recovery and the engagement of the consumers in discussions about work, and adds the requirement for certification and ongoing education in employment as a required competency module;   

•     Funds additional Benefit Specialists so that misinformation and lack of information are removed as barriers to pursuing work; and

•     Increases both the prominence and possibility of employment by adding Employment Specialists to agencies in each of the seven community service networks.  The employment specialists will work directly with consumers, serve as a resource to providers, and coordinate employment support services between OAMHS and BRS.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation

Medicaid & Employment


MaineCare Benefits Manual Chapter II “Home and Community Based Services for Adults with Other Related Conditions” - 03/01/2017

~~“Application: After receiving the choice letter, the DHHS Care Monitor will meet with the member and guardian or legal representative (where applicable) and complete the initial ORC application. If the member appears to qualify and is interested in Money Follows the Person/ Homeward Bound MFP/HB, the member will be referred for MFP/HB determination for Money Follows the Person/ Homeward Bound MFP/HB. Enrollment and Transition coordination through MFP/HB will be provided per Money Follows the Person/ Homeward Bound MFP/HB program requirements as outlined in the CMS approved Operational Protocol for Money Follows the Person/ Homeward Bound MFP/HB.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

ME Home & Community Services for Adults w/ID or Autism Spectrum Disorder (0159.R06.00) - 07/01/2015

Provides community support, home support (1/4 hr), per diem home support, work support, communication aids, consultation, counseling, crisis assessment, crisis intervention, employment specialist services, home accessibility adaptations, non-traditional communication consultation, non-medical transportation, non-traditional communication assessment, OT (maintenance), PT, (maintenance), specialized medical equipment and supplies, speech therapy (maintenance) for individuals w/autism, IID ages 18 - no max age

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Maine HCBS Transition Plan - 04/14/2015

This Transition Plan is required by the federal government as part of new Medicaid regulations. It tells the federal government how Maine will meet the new Medicaid rules. All states must follow the federal rules for the Medicaid program. Medicaid is a joint federal and state program that pays for certain medical and related services.  In Maine, the Medicaid program is called MaineCare. An individual who gets services from MaineCare is called a member. The federal agency that is responsible for Medicaid is called the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (“CMS”).  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Maine Department of Education ESEA Flexibility - 08/12/2013

“The Maine Department of Education's ESEA flexibility request was approved on August 12, 2013 and amended on August 13, 2015."

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Maine Balancing Incentives Program - 05/01/2013

“The Balancing Incentive Program authorizes grants to States to increase access to non-institutional long-term services and supports (LTSS) as of October 1, 2011. The Balancing Incentive Program will help States transform their long-term care systems by: • Lowering costs through improved systems performance & efficiency • Creating tools to help consumers with care planning & assessment • Improving quality measurement & oversight The Balancing Incentive Program also provides new ways to serve more people in home and community-based settings, in keeping with the integration mandate of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as required by the Olmstead decision. The Balancing Incentive Program was created by the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (Section 10202). Maine applied for the BIP enhanced FMAP May 1, 2012. Maine’s application was awarded effective July 1, 2012”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Maine Support Services for Adults w/ID or Autistic Disorder (0467.R01.00) - 01/01/2011

"Provides community support, home support 1/4 hr, respite, work support-group, assistive technology, career planning, employment specialist services, home accessibility adaptations, home support remote support, transportation, work support-individual for individuals w/autism and ID ages 18 - no max age."

 

Waiver expired 12/31/2015.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Maine Money Follows the Person ("Homeward Bound")

“Money Follows the Person (MFP), known as Homeward Bound in Maine, is assisting individuals transitioning from institutional to community care and has provided enhanced public awareness of community services. MDS Section Q training for nursing facility staff in conjunction with the Maine Long Term Care Ombudsman Program is ensuring identification and referral of individuals interested in considering community living.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)