Section 21 & 29
Maine citizens with intellectual disabilities and/or autism continue to wait, some as long as eight years, for funding to provide essential MaineCare services. This includes residential staffing and supports for people who need ongoing, in-home supervision and assistance (Section 21) and community supports and services for people who need help accessing and integrating into their community (Section 29).
The purpose of this web site is to allow people interested in the Section 21 and Section 29 waiver wait lists in Maine to obtain accurate information from a private, trustworthy source about the current status of the wait lists. The web site also provides a forum where any interested person in the wait lists can contact other people interested in the wait lists. It also seeks to harness the collective energy of people interested in the wait lists to explore political and legal ways for families and others to obtain funding for Section 21 and Section 29 services.
Click here to learn How the Section 21 Priority Lists are determined by DHHS.
Click here for the DHHS OADS ID/DD FAQs
Wait List Numbers
Waitlist information is provided by DHHS Office of Aging and Disability Services (OADS). The waitlist information below is based on the most recent update from OADS.
As of 1/1/20:
Section 21 wait list = 1621 people
Section 29 wait list = 368 people
For more information on Section 21 or Section 29 please contact Donna Benson, Waiver Services Specialist, DHHS-OADS by phone 207-287-9392 or via email Donna.Benson@maine.gov
Below is a forum where parents can exchange information on Section 21, Section 29, and ask questions for the 4,000+ parents who use this site to answer.
This is intended to be another tool to help parents navigate the system.
To leave a comment/ask a question simply type in box below, click post, and enter your name and email address when promoted to post to the forum.
Please note that this forum is intended for information sharing and is not monitored.