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State of Maine Office of Elder Services

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Services:  The Office of Elder Services promotes programs and services for older adults, their families and for people with disabilities. These programs and services are:

Adult Protective Services
Investigates allegations of abuse, neglect or exploitation of adults age 18 and older. Provides protective services, petitions Probate Court to become public guardian or conservator for incapacitated individuals who cannot direct their own affairs. Manages assets of public wards and develops specialized housing and other services. Coordinates Department of Human Services activities under the AMHI Consent Decree. Trains other health care, social service and law enforcement agencies. Programs serves 3,600 people annually, including 603 in public guardianship. Adult Services staff adhere to the Code of Ethics of the National Association of Social Workers

Home and Community Based Care:
•Information and referrals: you may just need information, simple or complicated. You also can receive referrals to services within your community such as transportation, housing, home care, and Meals on Wheels.
•Services: the ADRC can help you access services such as congregate or home-delivered meals, prevention of falls, managing chronic diseases, Alzheimer’s respite services, adult day care, access to legal services, employment training, or health insurance counseling
•Medicare/Health Insurance counseling: help in choosing the best policy for your situation, understanding the different plans, and assisting you with applications
•Educational Opportunities: the ADRC can connect you with educational opportunities
•Options Counseling: If you are interested in learning more about services you may need over time, for yourself or someone you care for, the ADRC staff can help you figure out what “options” of services might work well for you.
•Advocacy: the ADRC works for you – feel free to ask for what you need – we’d like to try to help!
•Caregiver Support Services: may include respite, caregiver training, support groups, helpful information, and individual support

Resource Development:
Responsible for developing publicly assisted residential care facilities, assisted living facilities and adult family care homes. Administers funds for adult day services and contracts for affordable congregate housing services programs. Conducts mandated reviews under the Maine Certificate of Need Act for nursing facility projects, such as acquisitions, construction and renovation. Issues "requests for proposals" for the development of facilities for special populations, such as persons with Alzheimer's disease, acquired brain injury, or seriously mentally ill public wards, as funds become available for expanding programs. Regulates/licenses assisted living programs, residential care facilities, adult family care homes, and adult day care programs [residential care facilities that are part of a licensed nursing facility are regulated by the Bureau of Medical Services, Division of Licensing and Certification].

Community Services:
Supported primarily with federal Older Americans Act funds, provides home delivered meals, outreach, information and assistance, public transit, employment, volunteer, public education and legal services to 42,000 people annually through the five Area Agencies on Aging and Legal Services for the Elderly, Inc. Also includes federal demonstration grants for Alzheimer's services and health insurance counseling.

Disability Determination Services:
100% federally funded, the DDS staff of 60 employees and 13 contract physicians and psychologists make 22,000 new decisions for Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income claims affecting 17,000 people annually.

Healthy Community Coalition

Founded in 1989, Healthy Community Coalition (HCC) is an affiliate of the Franklin Community Health Network with a mission of promoting health and well-being in Franklin County and neighboring towns, including Livermore Falls.