Join Us for SMACT’s October Meeting Presentation:
Social Security Benefits for Teens and Young Adults (see flyer for more info)
WHEN: Please note - due to the holiday the meeting will NOT be the 1st Friday, it will be held on Friday, October 14
TIME: 1:00 – 3:00
This meeting will be held via ZOOM:
Join Zoom Meeting:
Please mark your calendars! Beginning in October SMACT will be moving to a quarterly schedule. Here is the schedule for the year:
October 14 – Social Security Administration
January 6 – Goodwill Workforce Solutions
March 3 – NAMI Maine
May 5 – Benefits Counseling MMC
Portland Public Schools
353 Cumberland Ave, Portland ME 04101
The State Rehabilitation Councils are holding their annual meetings jointly on October 17th and 18th and would love to encourage consumer and family (and other stakeholders) to attend to learn more about the Councils and how their voices can help shape policy and practices of the two state VR agencies. The Zoom information for the meeting on 10/17 is below:
State Rehabilitation Council (SRC) Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired (DBVI) is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: SRC Annual Training
Time: Oct 17, 2022 09:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Office of Aging and Disability Services (OADS) and the Office of Child and Family Services (OCFS) are hiring for American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Transition Project Positions.
Please see the links to the job descriptions and application process for these positions.
Transition Liaison - MaineCare in | Careers at Remote (icims.com)
Project Director - MaineCare in | Careers at Remote
OADS, OCFS, OMS Home and Community Based Settings (HCBS) Lifespan Project Listening Sessions
Please join the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Aging and Disability Services (OADS), Office of Child and Family Services (OCFS), and Office of MaineCare Services (OMS) for a presentation and listening session on a proposed Lifespan Project for individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD).
The proposed project will support several goals, many of which have been communicated as priorities by stakeholders, including:
We are hosting 3 sessions with each of the focused participant groups. To promote active interaction, providers will be asked to only attend the provider specific sessions.
Southern Maine (Cumberland, Sagadahoc, York):
Individuals and Families/Guardians: September 20 from 4pm to 5:30pm
Registration Link: https://mainestate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0pdeuvpj0tHNIWKsUXEENYqJY-LXMl4KYU
Providers: September 22 from 11am to 12:30pm
Registration Link: https://mainestate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEpf-CuqTsoE9zJ6sVBHPlL9m9tWM8IcKNa
Central Maine (Androscoggin, Franklin, Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Oxford):
Providers: September 27 from 11am to 12:30pm
Registration Link: https://mainestate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0ode6qpzojH9w1IAc-YLN2k6MuQqztT6CS
Individuals and Families/Guardians: September 29 from 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Registration Link: https://mainestate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwpd-Grpj8vH9IQnPRRFvFRglokKTYbUs0e
Northern Maine (Aroostook, Hancock, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Somerset, Waldo, Washington):
Individuals and Families/Guardians: October 4 from 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Registration Link: https://mainestate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUtc-irrT4jG9AzBFyOAgAi44rCJf1uSs2n
Providers: October 6 from 11am to 12:30pm
Registration Link: https://mainestate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwpdOysqT4oE9drw-Hu4J73tDJ-1FSFlj1E
If you require accommodation, such as real time transcription and captioning (CART) or American Sign Language (ASL) or other language interpretation, please contact Miranda Whalen at email@example.com by September 13th
Parent Connection Fall 2022 Edition
The Fall 2022 edition of the Maine Parent Federation newsletter, Parent Connection, is now available on our website at: https://www.mpf.org/newsletters/
Please feel free to distribute this newsletter to others who may be interested. If you would like a printed copy of the newsletter, E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope your children are having a successful reentry into the school year!
The MPF Staff
Carrie, Allison, Anne, Deb, Dylan, Oleta, Tammy & Robin
Waiver Provider Training on the
Service Implementation Plan
Sections 21 and 29
Please join the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Aging and Disability Services (OADS) on Wednesday, September 28th for a technical overview of the Service Implementation Plan (SIP), a new form attached to the DS PCP in EIS client data system. The updated Person-Centered Planning process was introduced to help individuals develop a vision for a “good life” and discover what it takes to live the lives they want to live. The SIP documents the provider’s service delivery strategies to support the person’s goals, includes timelines and strategies for implementation, and ensures clear expectations and adherence to the Person-Centered Plan (PCP) by providers.
This session will cover:
This meeting will be recorded and posted after the event for those unable to attend.
These Zoom meetings will be held on Wednesday September 28, 2022
Residential Providers: 9am - 10:00am
Registration Link: https://mainestate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYkdO-przgrG9IR62A-F5QLvN4nKOASC-Tv
Non-Residential/Community Providers: 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Registration Link: https://mainestate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0of-mspzovEtUEG1ST2uFA6NL5xSHzAk4l
If you require accommodation, such as real time transcription and captioning (CART) or American Sign Language (ASL) or other language interpretation, please contact Miranda Whalen at email@example.com by September 20, 2022.
MaineCare Notice of Second Public Comment Period for Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Settings
Sep 01, 2022
The Division of Policy posts all proposed and recently adopted rules on MaineCare’s Policy and Rules webpage. This website keeps the proposed rules on file until they are finalized and until the Secretary of State website is updated to reflect the changes. The MaineCare Benefits Manual is available on-line at the Secretary of State’s website.
Below, please find a MaineCare Notice of Second Public Comment Period for Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Settings. You can access the full public notice and the related documents at http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/oms/rules/index.shtml.
Notice of Second Public Comment Period for Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Settings
AGENCY: Department of Health and Human Services, Office of MaineCare Services
RULE TITLE OR SUBJECT: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has published regulations that define the settings in which it is permissible for states to pay for Medicaid HCBS services. For the aspects of the rule that apply to HCBS settings, states have until March 2023 to align the state’s policies, programs, and provider settings with the federal settings criteria. States must submit a Statewide Transition Plan (STP) that describes the state’s overall strategies, processes, and resources it will deploy to complete all implementation efforts by the end of the transition period. The STP is required as part of ensuring Maine comes into full compliance with the federal regulations.
Maine’s Final STP describes the strategies, processes, and resources the state has deployed to complete all efforts necessary to come into full compliance with the federal regulations by the end of the transition period afforded to the state. The Final STP serves as the state’s roadmap for implementing the federal HCBS rule and outlines a detailed work plan and timeline for ensuring that all settings in which HCBS services are provided comply with the federal standards by March 17, 2023. The state held a public comment period on the Final STP from April 20, 2022, to May 20, 2022, and hosted a public hearing May 10, 2022.
In accordance with the federal regulations, Maine is required to hold a second public comment period regarding settings that were deemed to have isolating qualities and to require Heightened Scrutiny Review, but which were not included in the initial public comment period. The list of these settings is available here: http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/oms/rules/transition-plan.shtml The Department welcomes your comments related to these settings and their ability to overcome their isolating qualities by March 17, 2023.
WAIVERS: The following waivers are subject to the new federal and state requirements within CMS 2249-F/CMS 2296-F:
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 42 CFR 441.301(c)(6)
The Department welcomes public comments on the remaining settings identified as having isolating qualities which require Heightened Scrutiny Review. Comments may be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on September 30, 2022:
OADS: INVITATION to take part in a thirty-day PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD
about your Services
September 1 to September 30, 2022
Dear HCBS Participant or Guardian, as applicable,
We are writing to tell you of a thirty-day public comment period about your current Home and Community Based Services (HCBS). You may know these services as community supports, home supports, day programs, work supports, or services where you live. The reason you are getting this letter now is because the Federal Government made changes to the rules about how your services are provided. These changes make it so that you will have more choices about how you would like to live your own life, within your own home, and within your own community. The Statewide Transition Plan (STP) is the State’s plan to the Federal Government explaining how the State’s HCBS will meet Federal and State HCBS rules. The STP was posted for public comment on April 20, 2022 and can be viewed at: http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/oms/rules/transition-plan.shtml
The Department has submitted the Statewide Transition Plan to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on July 19, 2022 for review and approval.
It’s important for you to be around other people in our community. You are receiving this letter because some of your HCBS services may not fully support you to be around people in the community who are not receiving HCBS.
Your Provider has drafted a plan which explains the changes they will make so they can meet the new federal and state rules. These HCBS settings are identified in the STP Appendix “Each Setting’s Evidentiary Package”.
The Public Comment Period gives you the chance to tell us what you think about your home or day services and your provider’s plan and to make suggestions for changes.
The public comment period is from September 1 until September 30, 2022. You have options on how you can tell us what you think. These options are detailed below.
If you need help submitting or putting your comments together you can:
If you have questions about the STP or where an HCBS setting is located within the STP Appendix, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (207) 287-6214.
Please share your thoughts.
The 2022 Children's Convention
"Community Collaboration to Support Thriving Children and Families"
Date: Tuesday, September 13th
Location: Maple Hill Farm, 11 Inn Road, Hallowell, ME
The well-being of children is deeply connected to the well-being of families, and, in turn, the supports and opportunities families experience in their communities. Join us in exploring community hubs and other models, opportunities, and policy needs to advance a cross-sector vision of child and family health and well-being in Maine.
Register here: https://secure.givelively.org/event/maine-childrens-alliance/mca-children-s-convention-2022-event-registration
We look forward to seeing you in person in September!
What to Know About the Transition Process
DRM is offering an exciting new online training opportunity for youth and adult case managers, as well as other interested parties, who want to learn (more) about supporting youth through the transition process.
Through this training you will learn about:
When: Tuesday, August 23, 2022 from 10-11:30am
Where: This 90-minute training opportunity will take place over Zoom and will include time for questions and answers.
How do I sign up? Click here to register for this training.
For more information, or to request an accommodation, please contact email@example.com. In order to ensure that your requested accommodation is provided, please contact DRM at least one week prior to the training.