2020 Census Begins In-Person Count of People Living in Group Quarters
JULY 1, 2020 — Group Quarters Enumeration is the U.S. Census Bureau's special set of operations for counting people who live or stay in the estimated 250,000 group quarters facilities, such as correctional facilities for adults, college/university student housing, nursing/skilled nursing facilities, group homes, residential treatment centers, and military barracks. The Census Bureau works directly with group quarters administrators in responding to the 2020 Census on behalf of residents to ensure a complete and accurate census count.
The 2020 Census offers several response options for people living in group living arrangements, including electronic response options where an administrator fills in data for each person who stayed at the facility on April 1, 2020. Group quarter administrators can also mail a paper listing of census response data for each person being served or staying at their respective facility to their respective area census office or have a census taker pick up the paper listing or drop off paper questionnaires to the facility. The Census Bureau strongly encourages group quarters facilities to utilize these available options that do not involve in-person contact.
For facilities that elected a non-contact response method, the Census Bureau will conduct in-person interviews to complete their census questionnaire between July 1 and September 3. All census takers have been trained on social distancing protocols, and will be issued Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and will follow local guidelines for their use. This operation was originally scheduled to occur between April 2-June 5 but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Census Bureau continues to coordinate with group quarters administrators to assist in counting people living in group quarter facilities, including contacting group quarters facilities between February 3 and March 6 as part of the Group Quarters Advance Contact Operation. Many group quarters began responding on April 2 through an eResponse option. Facilities that have not responded by early August will be visited by a census taker.
About 35 percent of group quarter administrators have responded to the 2020 Census via eResponse or paper listings.
Counting People Experiencing Homelessness
As part of the Group Quarters Operation, Census Bureau workers will also count people experiencing homelessness between September 22 and September 24. During a process called Service-Based Enumeration, specially trained census takers visit shelters, soup kitchens, mobile food vans and outdoor locations, such as under bridges and overpasses.
In 2010, census takers counted more than 8 million people at 166,827 group quarters locations across the country and 422,972 people at 18,527 service-based locations.
The Census Bureau continues to monitor the impacts of COVID-19 on 2020 Census operations and follow guidance of federal, state and local health authorities to ensure the safety of our staff and the public.
For more information about the 2020 Census and the Group Quarters Operation, visit 2020census.gov.
MPF is teaming up with OCFS to provide family and youth/young adult voice and feedback in regards to the Family First Services Prevention Act.
How Does the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) Impact Positive change for Families and youth in Maine!!
The Family First law works to:
Join MPF staff and FFPSA Program Manager Christine Theriault, LMSW to Learn More!
Wednesday, July 15th, 2020 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (PARENTS) - Click here to register
Tuesday July 21st, 2020 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (YOUTH) - Click here to register
Maine Parent Federation July Webinar: Self Advocacy, Services & Technology for Adults with Disabilities
Self Advocacy, Services & Technology for Adults with Disabilities
WEDNESDAY JULY 8TH 10:00 VIA ZOOM & FACEBOOK
Attendees will learn about;
* Barriers experienced by adults with disabilities in getting services that support living independently and productively in their communities,
* COVID related issues & self-advocacy strategies to
* How to use person-centered planning, reasonable
accommodation and grievances as advocacy tools,
* How adults are using Telehealth services in Maine,
* The results of a recent survey of Maine community service
* Assistive technology (AT) services, resources and funding in
* Success stories about adults with intellectual disabilities
from the Maine DDC iPad Project.
Presenters: Lauren Mille, Esq, Disability Rights Maine, Marco Orlando, Speaking Up for Us, Alan Kurtz, PhD, Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Services, Kathy Adams OTL, ATP, MaineCite Director, Rachel Dyer, Maine DDC, Associate Director.
If you have any questions, call Maine Parent Federation at 800-870-7746 or E-mail: email@example.com.
DHHS-OADS: COVID-19 Guidance: In-Person Community Support, Work Support, and Career PlanningMaineCare Sections 18, 19, 20, 21 and 29, Section 26 Day Health Services, and State funded Section 61 Adult Day Services
COVID-19 Guidance: In-Person Community Support, Work Support, and Career Planning
MaineCare Sections 18, 19, 20, 21 and 29, Section 26 Day Health Services, and State funded Section 61 Adult Day Services
June 3, 2020
The Maine Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Aging and Disability Services (OADS) remains dedicated to health and public safety as the Department continues to respond to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. The Department recognizes the importance, especially during this time of heightened health and safety uncertainty, of providing flexibility for people with disabilities so they can continue to connect to others and their communities.
Additional MPF June Webinars - Register now!
Financially Planning for Your Youth/Young Adult with Special Needs –
Jacki Farrell and Tudor Goldsmith will talk about investing principles to achieve your long term goals, how inheritance can affect a person’s eligibility for MaineCare, proactive inheritance planning for families of children with special needs, and additional options for special needs financial planning.
Presenters: Jacki Farrell a Financial Advisor at Edward Jones with 15 years of financial planning experience and a mom to a son with Autism and an Intellectual Disability.
Tudor Goldsmith a practicing lawyer at Jensen Baird & Henry in the area of trusts and estates, probate litigation, and related tax matters.
Tuesday, June 16 - 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Register - https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_TlTfVTPHQaKLWp0qwOn9-Q
Family Guide to Assistive Technology and Accessible Education Materials -
The Maine CITE Program staff will update families on Assistive Technology (AT) and Accessible Educational Materials (AEM). We all use technology to improve our lives. AT and AEM support students in learning, living independently, and transitioning into adulthood. Along with an opportunity for questions, this live web session will update families with the latest information on AT and AEM and the importance of the family’s role in planning. The revised 2020 “Guide for Maine Families on AT and AEM” will be featured.
Presenters: From Maine CITE - the state’s Assistive Technology Program:
Kathy Adams OTL, ATP- Director and John Brandt - Training Coordinator
Tuesday, June 23 - 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Register - https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_rXTnV7okRTqN9gufzlb9Gw
Stay Tuned for Navigating Adult Systems of Care with Disability Rights Maine, Speaking Up for Us, Center for Community Inclusion & Disability Studies, Maine Cite, & Maine Developmental Disability Council on Wednesday, July 8th at 10:00 AM.
PO Box 2067, Augusta, Maine 04338-2067 ~ Tel: (207) 588-1933, (800) 870-7746 (Statewide)
Fax: (207) 588-1933 ~ E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org ~ Web: www.mpf.org
Forwarded Action Alert – Maine Disability Alerts: Contact Maine’s members of Congress regarding inclusion of Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) and food support in the next federal stimulus package
Forwarded Action Alert – Maine Developmental Disabilities Council, Autism Society of Maine, and Maine Parent Federation Family Survey regarding services during the COVID-19 pandemic
Forwarded Action Alert – Maine Developmental Disabilities Council and Maine Parent Federation Family Survey regarding services during the COVID-19 pandemic:
The Maine Developmental Disabilities Council and Maine Parent Federation are working together with Maine families who have members with intellectual or developmental disabilities. We have put together this short survey about your current situation. Our goal is have more individual and family voices informing systemic advocacy. Your time and feedback is greatly appreciated. Click here for the survey.
Maine Parent Federation Invites You to Join Us for a Virtual Parent Support Group Meeting
Thursday, May 7, 2020
at 3:00 PM
We are encouraging parents of children with special needs to join us and share how MPF can continue to support you, get your questions answered by MPF staff, and receive support from other parents in similar situations such as yours.
Please register here:
If you have any questions, call Maine Parent Federation at 800-870-7746 or E-mail: email@example.com.
Survey for Direct Support Professionals: Providing Support During the COVID-19 Pandemic
April 23, 2020
Direct Support Professionals, like the people with disabilities they support, face a high risk of infection during the coronavirus pandemic. They also face financial hardship, exhaustion, and challenges in supporting their families.
This survey, to be completed by direct support professionals, is being conducted by the National Alliance of Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) in partnership with the Institute on Community Integration at the University of Minnesota. We would like to understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on direct support professionals and identify the most effective ways to protect DSPs and the people they support. The results of this survey will be shared widely with policymakers, services providers, direct support professionals, families, and stakeholders.
Please forward this survey to the direct support professionals within your organizations or networks. Their answers will be anonymous.
The National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals is a national non-profit whose mission is to elevate the status of direct support professionals by improving practice standards; promoting system reform; and advancing their knowledge, skills, and values. Our vision is a world with a highly qualified and professional direct support workforce that partners with, supports, and empowers people with disabilities to lead a life of their choosing.
The Institute on Community Integration at the University of Minnesota is a designated University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, part of a national network of similar programs in major universities and teaching hospitals across the country. ICI’s collaborative research, training, and information-sharing ensure that people with disabilities are valued by, included in, and contribute to their communities of choice throughout their lifetime.
The Maine Developmental Disabilities Council, the Autism Society of Maine, and Maine Parent Federation are working together with Maine families who have members with intellectual or developmental disabilities. We have put together this short survey about your current situation during the Covid19 crisis. Our goal is have more individual and family voices informing systemic advocacy. Your time and feedback is greatly appreciated. Here is the survey link: https://forms.gle/d2dJUHuRnCcjy4ui9