Two Free HCBS Virtual Events:
Home and Community Based Services (HCBS):
Individual/ Family/ Guardian Series
Ensuring Your Choice of Settings where HCBS is Provided
January 28th, 2021
7pm - 8pm
Are you someone who receives waiver services? Do you wonder about how you could be a more active member of your community or how you could meet and get to know more people in your local community? Are you struggling to plan interesting and meaningful days? Do you wonder about whether there are different places where you could receive the waiver services you are currently receiving? We will explore how the HCBS Rule ensures that people who receive waiver services are supported to be fully involved in their communities, to the same extent as people who don't receive waiver services. Note: This session is also valuable for involved family members, advocates and/or legal guardians for an individual receiving waiver services.
Know Your HCBS Rights
Know When, Why and How these Rights can be Modified
January 29th, 2021
2pm - 3pm
Are you someone who receives waiver services? The federal HCBS Settings Rule ensures that Mainers receiving waiver services have certain rights and protections. Do you know the rights and protections you have under the HCBS Settings Rule? Do you know which of these rights and protections may be “modified” and how, when and why a modification can be done? We will explore the rights and protections assured through the HCBS Settings Rule. Also, if your Team may want to modify these rights to keep you healthy and safe, we will explore what steps must be taken as part of your person-centered planning process. The advocacy resources available to you will also be shared. Note: This session is also valuable for involved family members, advocates and/or legal guardians for an individual receiving waiver services.
https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/oads/about-us/initiatives/hcbs to learn about Maine’s Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Transition Initiative.
Brought to you by the Office of Aging and Disability Services (OADS)
Both Sessions Presented by Dr. Lisa Mills
Dr. Lisa A. Mills has been a consultant in the field of disability for 29 years with a primary focus on community services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She has served as a consultant for several states on HCBS Setting Rule compliance and is currently a Subject Matter Expert with Economic Systems (EconSys) supporting Maine’s Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) transition to compliance initiative. She has worked in Maine and twenty other states over the past 14 years on Medicaid waiver renewals, Medicaid 1115 demonstration waivers, policy and rate/ reimbursement models, supporting service provider capacity-building and engaging other state systems as critical partners with Medicaid.
If you require accommodations to attend these trainings (for example sign language or other language interpreters, etc.) please inform Alexis Lull – Alexis.Lull@Maine.gov
DHHS - MaineCare Comprehensive Rate System Evaluation: Phase 2 Stakeholder Engagement Overview and Schedule
MaineCare Comprehensive Rate System Evaluation Phase 2 Stakeholder Engagement
This is a notice regarding the next phase of stakeholder engagement activities for MaineCare’s Comprehensive Rate System Evaluation, which are scheduled to begin December 2, 2020, and will serve as an opportunity for MaineCare providers to share comments on the adequacy of MaineCare rate amounts and impact these rates may have on access to services. This will include feedback on the Phase 1 benchmarking report, which will be released before Thanksgiving.
We will send out a notification when the benchmarking report is available on our website.
To prepare for the meetings, we ask that participants review the report prior to their session(s) and think about any important factors that were not accounted for in the report that you would like to note for consideration.
The meeting schedule is below (please note that some groupings have changed since the Phase 1 meetings). Information about how to register for these meetings will be forthcoming.
Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Sec. 15: Chiropractic Services
Sec. 68: Occupational Therapy Services
Sec. 75: Vision Services
Sec. 85: Physical Therapy Services
Sec. 95: Podiatric Services
Sec. 109: Speech and Hearing Services
Sec. 25: Dental Services
Sec. 90: Ambulatory Care Clinic Services, Oral Surgery Services only
Sec. 3: Physician Services, Oral Surgery Services only
Thursday, December 3, 2020
Sec. 45: Hospital Services
Sec. 46: Psychiatric Hospital Services
Sec. 67: Nursing Facility Services
Friday, December 4, 2020
Sec. 5: Ambulance Services
Sec. 55: Laboratory Services
Sec. 60: Medical Supplies and Durable Medical Equipment
Sec. 101: Medical Imaging Services
Physician, APRN, Primary Care, Ambulatory Care/Clinics Services
Sec. 3: Ambulatory Care Clinic Services except Oral Surgery Services
Sec. 4: Ambulatory Surgical Center Services
Sec. 7: Free-Standing Dialysis Services
Sec. 14: Advanced Practice Registered Nursing Services
Sec. 30: Family Planning Agency Services
Sec. 31: Federally Qualified Health Center Services
Sec. 90: Physician Services except Oral Surgery Services
Sec. 91: Health Home Services
Sec. 94: Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment Services (EPSDT)
Sec. 103: Rural Health Clinic Services
Sec. 2: Adult Family Care Services
Sec. 97: Private Non-Medical Institution Services- App B, C, D (except App D Therapeutic Foster Care), E, and F.
Sec. 107: Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility Services
Monday, December 7, 2020
Behavioral Health Services – Outpatient
Sec. 17: Community Support Services - Day Supports Services
Sec. 17: Community Support Services - Interpreter Services
Sec. 17: Community Support Services - Skills Development Services
Sec. 65: Behavioral Health Services- Behavioral Therapy
Sec. 65: Behavioral Health Services- Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
Sec. 65: Behavioral Health Services- Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)
Sec. 65: Behavioral Health Services- Medication Management
Sec. 65: Behavioral Health Services- Neurobehavioral
Sec. 65: Behavioral Health Services- Outpatient
Behavioral Health Services – Community-Based
Sec. 13: Targeted Case Management Services
Sec. 17: Community Support Services - Assertive Community Treatment
Sec. 17: Community Support Services - Community Integration Services
Sec. 17: Community Support Services - Community Rehabilitation Services
Sec. 17: Community Support Services - Daily Living Support Services
Sec. 28: Rehabilitative and Community Support Services for Children with Cognitive Impairments and Functional Limitations
Sec. 65: Behavioral Health Services- ACT
Sec. 65: Behavioral Health Services- Behavioral Health Day Treatment
Sec. 65: Behavioral Health Services- Clubhouse
Sec. 65: Behavioral Health Services- Crisis
Sec. 65: Behavioral Health Services- Home and Community Based Treatment (HCBT)
Sec. 92: Behavioral Health Home Services
Sec. 93: Opioid Health Home Services
Sec. 97: Private Non-Medical Institution Services, App D Therapeutic Foster Care only
Tuesday, December 8, 2020
Home and Community-Based Services for Members with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities and/or Acquired Brain Injury and Other Related Conditions
Sec. 18: Home and Community-Based Services for Adults with Brain Injury
Sec. 20: Home and Community Based Services for Adults with Other Related Conditions
Sec. 21: Home and Community Benefits for Members with Intellectual Disabilities or Autism Spectrum Disorder
Sec. 23: Developmental and Behavioral Clinic Services
Sec. 29: Support Services for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities or Autism Spectrum Disorder
Sec. 50: Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities Services
Sec. 102: Rehabilitative Services
Home and Community-Based Services for Older Adults and Members with Physical Disabilities
Sec. 12: Consumer Directed Attendant Services
Sec. 19: Home and Community Benefits for the Elderly and Adults with Disabilities
Sec. 26: Day Health Services
Sec. 40: Home Health Services
Sec. 43: Hospice Services
Sec. 96: Private Duty Nursing and Personal Care Services
Providers and other interested parties who would like to submit comments in writing may do so by sending an email to RateSettingEval@maine.gov. We will accept written comments until Wednesday, December 9th.
Following these meetings, we will develop the Phase 2 plan for a comprehensive rate assessment process, which will include:
Interim Phase 2 findings will be released mid-January 2021, and the final report in February. Please send any questions on this effort to RateSettingEval@maine.gov. For more information, please visit our website.
The Washington Post article linked below, was published on 11/18, and highlights the incredible challenges faced by direct service providers, which has been amplified by COVID. It is well worth the read. Here is the link to the article:
COVID-19 Impacts on DHHS ServicesThe Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is carefully monitoring the impacts of COVID-19 on the State of Maine and on those we serve. DHHS is using this data to inform policy decisions, assess the ongoing impacts of the crisis, and improve access to the important services DHHS provides to the people of Maine.
As part of this effort, DHHS has collected data to analyze changes in services such as MaineCare, Food Supplement, child welfare programs, telehealth services, and behavioral health crisis lines. Our data dashboard, published today, presents many of the measures we have been monitoring this spring to assess and improve our services during the pandemic. Please note that the time period covered and the frequency of measurement may vary for different services.
We will continue to update the dashboard regularly while the effects of COVID-19 continue in Maine.
For the information provided by the Department, please click the link below:
Maine Medical Center
Dept. of Vocational Services
Work & Benefits Navigator Training
2020-2021 Training Schedule
We are pleased to announce this year's Work & Benefits Navigator Training (WBNT) schedule. Please share with anyone you think may be interested.
All trainings will be virtual due to COVID-19.
Each session is two days from 9am-12pm.
Trainees must attend both days.
Tuesday 11/ 17 and Wednesday 11/18
Wednesday 12/16 and Thursday 12/17
for Employment Specialists only
Wednesday 1/20 and Friday 1/22
Tuesday 2/23 and Thursday 2/25
Additional dates to be announced in 2021
This training is for anyone who:
November SMACT presentation 11/6/20
Please join us for the Nov 6th SMACT presentation at 1:00 by Zoom. Information about our presenter is below. There is a link to a video below the text to view before the presentation. A handout with additional information is attached. At the bottom of the email is the Zoom link to the meeting. We look forward to seeing you there!
Presenter Heather Shields OTR/L CDRS is an occupational therapist, driving instructor and certified driving rehab specialist. She works with people to regain their ability to drive following an acute or chronic medical event, such as a stroke, traumatic brain injury, concussion, spinal cord injury, leg amputation, peripheral neuropathy, multiple sclerosis or dementia. Heather works with students who have special needs to ensure they have the skills required to take driver’s ed and learn to drive safely.
She works with clients, their family and the healthcare team to determine readiness to drive. When the client is ready, she helps them gain their independence.
This Presentation will include information on:
Potential to drive evaluations for students with special needs, Vocational Rehab Services that support driver evaluation, adaptive equipment and individualized driving instruction
Also, info will be shared about the Adolescent Skills Checklist (attached) used to help determine when students are ready for driver's ed and the Drive Focus app, a useful tool for teens with special needs, www.drivefocus.com
Please view the video below before the presentation.
Link for the presentation:
Time: Nov 6, 2020 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/99899929314?pwd=UVRiR2kwMFVoM2lPRjhYMHNqWUF3dz09 Meeting ID: 998 9992 9314 Passcode: xnSc3GAcS3
Portland Public Schools
353 Cumberland Ave, Portland ME 04101
Dear Parents and Community Partners,
Below is a list of our offerings for this week. Please feel free to share as you see fit. If you are interested in attending this workshops or the support groups, or if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me directly (my contact info is below
G.E.A.R. Families please note that we are still hosting our weekly Parent Support Groups on the following days:
This is one of my favorite training’s, I highly recommend it.
"Parenting with Dignity-Picking up This Ball Is a Victory for All” Facilitated by Jess Hall, Regional Parent Support Coordinator
G.E.A.R. Parent Network invites you to pick up the ball and run with it through a multi-part parenting education course developed by Mac Bledsoe, father of a celebrated New England Patriots’ quarterback. Parenting with Dignity helps parents learn effective techniques for raising responsible, independent children. Topics include:
Session 1: A Model of Human Performance and Five Rules for Parents – Tuesday, November 3, 2020 from 6-8:30 p.m.
Session 2: Discipline, Deciding what you Want - Part 1 and 2 – Thursday, November 5, 2020 from 6-8:30 p.m.
Session 3: Sending a Constant Message of Love – Part 1 and 2 – Tuesday, November 10, 2020 from 6-8:30 p.m.
Session 4: Teaching Your Values to Your Kids and Goal Setting – Thursday, November 12, 2020from 6-8:30 p.m.
Session 5: The Reasons Punishment Doesn’t Work – Tuesday, November 17, 2020 from 6-8:30 p.m.
Rebecca Williamson, CFPS
Regional Parent Support Coordinator
G.E.A.R Parent Network
10 Caldwell Rd. Augusta, ME. 04332
1-800-264-9224 or cell 207-713-2268
Visit us on the web at www.gearparentwork.org
Maine Association for Community Service Providers (MACSP)
Fall 2020 Webinar Series
Don't Miss Out!
Virtual Innovations: Keeping Us Connected
During COVID and Beyond
Join us to learn from innovative leaders from around the country. They will share their stories, promising practices, and tips for success to continue meaningful supports virtually during this pandemic.
Registration FeesSign up for One
MACSP Member: $39 Non-MACSP Member: $49
Sign up for all Three
MACSP Member: $75 Non-MACSP Member: $100
Thursday, November 5th
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm (EST)
Community Supports Innovations
Kathy McHale, SPIN’s President & CEO, and SPIN’s Community Support Program (CPS) team will present on strategies and resources they developed and delivered to quickly transition to virtual services when the COVID-19 pandemic changed the world for people. By supporting individuals with technology, and ensuring continued meaningful engagement, the team was able to keep people connected. They will provide a demonstration of their virtual CPS programming, including strategies for the creative use of various technologies from landline telephones to video platforms. Presenters will share how they have used continued partnerships with community and educational partners to enrich their virtual activities and maintain community connections. Attendees will learn about the platforms, techniques, and activity ideas to either refresh or initiate their own virtual programming. There will be time for questions after the presentation.
About SPIN: SPIN is a Pennsylvania based provider of high-quality lifespan community services for people with intellectual disability and autism and early childhood education for children with or without a disability. With national, state, and local recognition, awards, and accreditation, SPIN has created a culture of quality and innovation, advancing its mission through a dedicated, cohesive team of leaders and professionals who support over 3,700 children and adults to achieve and enjoy a life of possibilities.
Thursday, November 12th
1:00 pm- 2:30 pm (EST)
Lessons Learned in Alaska:
Creating Capacity for Providing Services Remotely
When COVID came smashing in, technology took on new importance in everyone’s lives. Service providers across the country have grappled with an abrupt shift in providing services to people with disabilities. The Alaska DD provider association created the COVID Response Technology Project with the goal of increasing the capacity of providers to use technology to provide distance delivered services. What can Maine learn from Alaska’s experiences? Project coordinator Kim Champney will share emerging best practices, helpful resources, and challenges still on the horizon.
About the Presenter: Kim Champney is a consultant based in Juneau, Alaska. She has nearly 24 years in the field of disability services. As a consultant, Kim has been inspired by the opportunities that technology provides to people with disabilities and is the co-founder of Health TIE (Testbed for Innovative Enterprises), an innovation hub focused on bridging promising startups and human service providers. Kim has a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is past president of the Alaska Association on Developmental Disabilities and a graduate of the National Leadership Institute on Developmental Disabilities.
Thursday, November 19th
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm (EST)
Ready or Not: Gone Virtual
Like many organizations, Aspire Living & Learning had begun exploring the power of technology to improve our service delivery before the pandemic. But COVID-19 brought us head-on into the virtual and actual world, none of us expected. Along with the many tasks of keeping everyone in our services safe, we took the opportunity to rethink how we bring people together, provide meaningful community experiences, and engage successfully with our employees. The result is a vibrant community called Aspire Online! along with new onboarding and training methods. This webinar will share the ups and downs of this process, with practical tips direct from individuals, employees, and providers.
About the Presenter: Dr. Le’Ann Milinder recently moved from New Hampshire to Maine, where she is the Director of Strategic Communications for Aspire Living & Learning. Aspire is a multi-state non-profit providing residential, day, and ABA services to adults and children with I/DD. During her 30 years in NH, Dr. Milinder was most recently Aspire’s NH State Director from 2015 to 2020. She was formerly President of the Private Provider Network, VP & Conference Chair for the New Hampshire Association of Behavior Analysis, and member of the State Advisory Committee for Children with Disabilities. She holds a doctoral degree in Psychology and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst®.
Thank You to our Sponsor
Maine Association for Community Service Providers (MACSP)
PO Box 149
Hallowell, ME 04347
Executive Director: Laura Cordes
Introduce Yourself to Your Local Legislative Candidates:
Community Connect Maine is offering easy ways for you to feel comfortable reaching out to your legislators and legislative candidates. Send your local candidates a postcard or an email now right before the election introducing yourself and encouraging them to support disability issues. If you want them to win, wish them good luck. Check out our templates and postcards, and find your legislative candidates’ addresses on our website at:https://communityconnectme.org/