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that serve ADRC target populations. By way of example of the impact of turmoil created during this merger, DASH/ADRC leaders note that the state unit on aging that received the ADRC (now known as the Office of Elder Services or OES), had three different directors during the grant period. They also noted that the ADRC project had to compete with other priorities for senior leadership. They also anticipate that OES/ DHHS will take a more active leadership role in the ADRC as the newly created DHHS matures.

Sustainability

Plans for the future of the DASH and Bangor Coalition are in development. In September 2006, the EAA made a formal commitment to the continuation of the DASH. DASH and EAA leaders are working with a consultant through Common Good Ventures to help with asset development and to identify funding options. As plans for continuation develop, new challenges are being addressed by the DASH and Bangor Coalition. Notable among these are the need to identify a new host for the Bangor Coalition as the current host, United Way of Eastern Maine announced they will not be the lead agency and provide staff support to the coalition in 2007. Efforts are also underway to address limitations presented by the physical space available to the DASH at EAA.

Lessons Learned and Opportunities Planning & Development

As of December 2006, Maine has submitted and received a second ADRC grant that will begin replication of the DASH model in two other areas of the state. Lessons from the Bangor area DASH provide Maine with a rich experience that informs replication and development of the additional ADRCs.

The statewide Technical Advisory Group and Bangor area leaders are now familiar with the operational, policy and management issues associated with creating strong ADRC networks supported by local coalitions. Policies, products and marketing materials developed by the DASH can serve as templates and/or be modified for use with consumers in other areas of the state.

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