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Introduction

This report evaluates the progress of the Maine Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) Project toward reaching its goal to improve the awareness of and access to long term supports for adults of all ages and incomes, and their families. Funding for creation of Maine's ADRC comes from the President's New Freedom Initiative. The ADRC grant is jointly funded by the US Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and the Administration on Aging (AoA). The grant was awarded to Maine's state unit on aging, the Office of Elder Services, which houses other AoA funded programs, including the Family Caregiver Support and Alzheimer's Demonstration grants.

At its inception the Maine ADRC was developed using a 'no wrong door' strategy as recommended by Maine's Work Group for Community-based Living, which was working as part of Maine's Real Choices Systems Change grant. In developing these recommendations, Maine's Work Group for Community-based Living assessed services and infrastructure needs, and established planning priorities as a foundation for the Roadmap for Change, Maine's Response to the Olmstead Decision (2003).

The 'No Wrong Door' strategy was adopted to address the geographically dispersed, rural nature of Maine's population distribution. This resource development strategy called for a 'virtual' resource center that would create local, community-based resource network coalitions with support from statewide web-based information systems and a Statewide Steering Committee. During the initial ADRC grant period, three local coalitions and a Statewide Steering Committee were created to improve communication across agencies and to provide consumers with necessary connections regardless of which "door" they went to first when seeking information.

Mid-grant, at the suggestion of federal funders, the project strategy shifted to development of a phone- and physical location-based pilot demonstration serving one area of the state, working in conjunction with one of the original local coalitions. Development was aided by the creation of a statewide Technical Advisory Group (TAG). In addition to reallocation of grant funds from the three local coalitions to the single pilot

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