Community Life

"If we as a community don't step up to help each other, then who will?" -Kathy Grimes

OADS Medicare Assistance

"The OADS Aging Services and their partners are committed to providing consumers with assistance with navigating the Medicare. Whether a consumer needs assistance finding a Medicare Part D plan, a Medicare Supplement plan, money saving tips, legal assistance or reporting Medicare Fraud and Abuse, we can help! As part of the OADS Aging Services, Community Programs there are several programs that can help."

Adult Protective Services & Guardianship

"Adult Protective Services (APS), is responsible for providing or arranging for services to protect incapacitated and/or dependent adults in danger. APS staff also petition for Public Guardianship and/or Conservatorship of incapacitated adults when all less restrictive alternatives have failed."

Support at Home

"The Office of Aging & Disability Services (OADS), within the DHHS, is responsible for planning, developing, managing, and providing community based services which promote choice and independence for adults choosing to remain in their community."

Support in the Community

"The Office of Aging and Disability Services (OADS) oversees several community support services.

Community Support Services are resources for elders and adults whom wish to reside in their communities but may not meet financial or functional eligibility for Medicaid services.

Community Services include, but are not limited to: family caregiver supports, health insurance counseling, nutrition services, outreach, information and assistance, senior employment, public education and legal services."

Residential Support

"The Office of Aging and Disability Services manages several residential programs, which are located in various geographic locations throughout the state. They are:

Assisted Living Services: There are currently seven state-funded, affordable Assisted Living Facilities. These facilities allow an individual to live independently in their own apartment and receive such services as meals, homemaking, personal care, and/or medication administration.

Independent Housing with Services (IHSP): There are currently five IHSP programs throughout the State. These facilities offer similar services to the Assisted Living Facilities, however do not provide medication management."

Nursing Facility Care

"Nursing Facility care provides professional nursing care or rehabilitative services for injured, disabled, or sick persons, needed on a daily basis and as a practical matter can only be provided in a nursing facility."

Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies

CCIDS brings together the resources of the university and Maine communities to enhance the quality of life for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. Our statewide mission is met through interdisciplinary education, research and evaluation, community engagement, and dissemination of state-of-the-art information that reflect the guiding principles of inclusion, diversity, universal design and access, and social justice.

MDOL Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, also known as "VR," is a Department of Labor program that helps people who have disabilities to get and keep a job. VR helps people who have physical, mental, or emotional disabilities.

Speaking Up For Us

"Speaking Up For Us (SUFU) is run by and for adults (maybe like you) who live with developmental disabilities.

SUFU shows us how to have more control of our lives, and use our voices to "Speak Up" for issues that are important to us and all people with disabilities.

And...we do have FUN!"

Special Olympics Maine

"Special Olympics Maine provides year-round sports competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities."

Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation

"Maine Adaptive is the largest year-round adaptive recreation program in the state of Maine for adults and children with disabilities, ages four and up."

Adult Mental Health Services

"SAMHS Adult Mental Health Services is the designated State Public Mental Health Authority for adults. A primary responsibility is to develop and maintain a comprehensive system of mental health services and supports for persons age 18 and older with severe and persistent mental illness."

Learning Disabilities Association of America

"LDA Visualizes a World in Which: all individuals with learning disabilities are empowered to thrive and participate fully in society; the incidence of learning disabilities is reduced; and learning disabilities are universally understood and effectively addressed. LDA's mission is to create opportunities for success for all individuals affected by learning disabilities and to reduce the incidence of learning disabilities in future generations."

Accessible Community Transportation in Our Nation

"Easterseals Project Action Consulting, a division of Easterseals, Inc., provides customized training solutions and technical expertise on the Americans with Disabilities Act and accessible transportation for transportation providers, human service agencies, states, regional agencies, tribal nations, and communities with the goal of working together to build accessible communities for all!"