Maine’s Medicaid Educational Liaison, Trista Collins –
Trista Collins, Maine’s Medicaid Educational Liaison, will be joining us to review and answer questions in regards to the MaineCare and Department of Education Guidance for School-based Services.
Monday, September 21st – 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM Register – https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Tte1YlbKTNCODAxlvj1K5w
Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities National Training Center Webinar: Preventing Suicide through Empowerment of Youth with Disabilities
Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities National Training Center Webinar:
Preventing Suicide through Empowerment of Youth with Disabilities
Thursday, September 17, 2020, 2:00-3:00 PM ET
According to recent reports from the CDC, suicide rates among our nation’s youth have increased 56% since 2007. Further reports shows that youth with disabilities are four times more likely to think about suicide than their nondisabled peers. In an effort to address this at-risk but underserved population, MHDD has developed training that will give young people with disabilities the tools to navigate the ableism and stigma they experience. MHDD's current work through the Center for Dignity in Healthcare for People with Disabilities, focused on the medical discrimination that people with disabilities often face when seeking mental healthcare in times of crisis, will also be discussed.
The Partnership for America's Children has compiled a one-page document for service providers on how they can support and proactively contact the Census Bureau ahead of service based enumeration (SBE) to ensure their location, as well as additional service providers locations in their community, are included during these operations.
The document can be found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1kXf4wygyfwQDt1EnYk7K_qXjDC9ktN-9C3F-2wBVyhY/edit?usp=sharing
Or, the document has been embedded below:
MACSP ACTION ALERT
Contact Governor Mills Today!
Call, Tweet, Email, Submit feedback through her website!
Ask Governor Mills to utilize CARES Act funds to Keep Direct Support Professionals on the Frontlines Caring for Mainers with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
The Basic Ask: Please use CARES Act funds
to develop a Direct Support Professional Stabilization Program as proposed by MACSP. This program would provide time-limited monthly direct incentive payments of $1200 to each full-time and $600 to each part-time workers who have remained on the job caring
and supporting adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities during the pandemic. The 12,000+ frontline hidden hero DSPs, and the thousands of vulnerable Mainers they care for, need your support!
Governor Mills is close to expending Maine's $1.25 billion dollars of the federal CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund that was given to the state to help address the extraordinary
needs and costs associated with this public health emergency. On August 12th, MACSP requested that the Governor develop a Direct Support Stabilization Program providing each DSP with a monthly incentive stipend.
As she considers where to direct the last of the funds it is important that she hears from the I/DD community (consumers, guardians, DSPs, and providers alike) who understand the vital role that DSPs have in keeping vulnerable and high-risk Mainers safe through the pandemic.
Disproportionately represented by women, New Mainers, and people of color, DSPs have remained on the frontline throughout the pandemic, risking their safety and,
in turn, the safety of their families to provide daily support and care to some of Maine's most vulnerable, medically fragile, and high-risk individuals. Their exceptional commitment, compassion, and effort have been credited by the Department for Health and Human Services staff for reducing the spread of COVID-19 among people with I/DD and saving lives.
Five months on, the public health crisis has only deepened the pre-existing workforce crisis in this field.
State Medicaid reimbursement rates for residential service wages remain below minimum wage.
Without additional hazard or incentive stipends that they deserve, fatigued and underpaid DSPs will continue to leave their jobs for lower risk and higher-paying positions, jeopardizing the quality of care and access to services that people with I/DD need and deserve.
A DSP incentive program is critically needed to stabilize the existing workforce who are working day and night to protect adults with intellectual and developmental
disabilities from the spread of infection throughout the pandemic, all while providing daily personal care and support.
Contact Governor Mills today! Email:
Click Here For Easy Action Steps!
Examples of Social Media Communications
Please use CARES Act funds for incentive payments to #Maine 's 12,000+ Direct Support Professionals as they continue to provide care to ppl w/ #disabiliites during #COVID-19. Thank you for your consideration!
As Governor Mills decides how to use the CARES Act funds, make your voice heard. Urge her to provide incentive payments to Maine's 12,000+ Direct Support Professionals as they continue to provide care and support to people with intellectual and developmental
disabilities during this pandemic. Contact Governor Mills today and Advocate for Maine's DSPs!
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Follow these Easy Action steps.
DHHS Notice of Agency Waiver Renewal MaineCare Benefits Manual, Section 29, Support Services for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities or Autism Spectrum Disorder
Notice of Agency Waiver Renewal
AGENCY: Department of Health and Human Services, MaineCare Services
RULE TITLE OR SUBJECT: Chapter 101, MaineCare Benefits Manual, Section 29, Support Services for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities or Autism Spectrum Disorder.
WAIVER: ME.0467, Support Services for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities or Autism Spectrum Disorder Waiver
CONCISE SUMMARY: The Department is planning to renew the Support Services for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities or Autism Spectrum Disorder waiver, known in Maine as Section 29 of the MaineCare Benefits Manual. This waiver renewal incorporates internally-generated updates to the waiver’s appendices. Some of the major changes in the renewal are as follows:
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: CFR §441.304
DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS: Comments must be received by 11: 59 PM, September 13, 2020.
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: Thomas Leet, Long-Term Services and Supports Manager
AGENCY NAME: MaineCare Services
ADDRESS: 109 Capitol Street, 11 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04333-0011
TELEPHONE: 207-624-4068 FAX: (207) 287-1864 TTY: 711
MPF Additional August Webinar - Register now!
Dr. Laura Blaisdell Provides Medical Guidance on COVID 19 –
Dr. Laura Blaisdell a Pediatrician and member of Maine's Academy of American Pediatrics will present a webinar on navigating the social distancing recommendations as it pertains to school and in-person learning as well as any updated research on how COVID 19 and children.
Thursday, August 20 – 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Register –
“Team Up for Your Child” Presented by Diane Bouffard, CFPS, and Rebecca Williamson, CFPS, Regional Parent Support Coordinators
Getting services for a child with behavioral health needs can be overwhelming. “Team Up for Your Child” is a step-by-step guide designed to help families navigate confusing service systems and work smarter with doctors, schools, agencies and insurers. When a child has serious behavioral health issues, you suddenly have a team of professionals in your life who provide a variety of services. This team could include doctors, therapists, health workers and teachers but remember that the coach of this team is you - the parent. You are the only one who takes care of the whole child. Learn how to identify your child’s strengths and needs, make sense of reports and evaluations, understand your child’s treatment plan, track your child’s progress and translate the Individualized Education Program.
Thursday, August 20, 2020 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. with breaks included
Register Here: https://gearparentnetwork.org/event/team-up-for-your-child/
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