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Part II - The Maine ADRC Coalitions Implementation Process

Maine's original ADRC project design identified three sites as pilot areas to demonstrate the "no wrong door" concept of improved access to information and long term support services. Community coalitions in Bath-Brunswick, Bangor, and Franklin County were developed at the start of the ADRC project. Each area had one or more strong lead agencies that provided the foundation upon which the coalition was built.

Coalition SiteLead Agencies

Bath-BrunswickUnited Way of MidCoast Maine

BangorUnited Way of Eastern Maine

Franklin CountyHealthy Community Coalition

The three coalitions shared a common vision statement: "We want to have the best possible community system to help seniors and other adults who need long term services find the help that's right for them;" and shared goals to:

develop a cohesive network of local and state resources at the community level that communicates effectively to assist adults of all ages, disabilities, and incomes seeking long term support;

streamline the entry process to publicly-funded services;

leverage local resources to assist individuals when they do not qualify for publicly-funded programs; and

coordinate trainings to improve understanding and awareness of local and state resources.

Each coalition addressed the stated goals and developed specific priorities based on their community's unique needs. Information from consumer surveys, focus groups and known gaps helped define priorities and focus outreach activities.

Existing partnerships gained strength and new relationships developed as the coalitions began their work to define their communities' priorities. Coalition press releases and introduction packets encouraged participation by a wide array of agencies and individuals who shared the common mission of helping consumers connect to services.

28Muskie School of Public Service

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