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demonstration site, other project strategy changes included elimination of plans for enhancements to the state management information system and elimination of plans to refine the state's medical eligibility assessment.

The pilot demonstration and three local coalitions are the subject of this report.


The Maine Aging and Disability Resource Center Project (ADRC) was funded in September 2003. Maine's Office of Elder Services2 received a 3-year grant3 from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Administration on Aging (AoA) to improve information about, and access to, long term supports to benefit both consumers and providers. The project builds on the state's current statewide pre­admission assessment program for elders and adults, and the recommendations of the Maine Olmstead Workgroup for Community-based Living. The ADRC project's initial target groups were: elders, and other adults with mental health and addiction disorders, brain injury, developmental disabilities, and cognitive impairments.

Initial ADRC Development

The primary goal of Maine's ADRC Project was to improve awareness of, and access to, long term supports for elders and adults with disabilities of all incomes and their families. Maine's ADRC was originally conceived as a "No Wrong Door" strategy to include local, multi-agency coalitions with access to web-based information on resources and supports. This strategy was adopted at the recommendation of Maine's Olmstead Work Group since Maine's geography and low population density do not easily lend themselves to a model of a single, physical location for an ADRC.

Maine's Office of Elder Services comprises state unit on aging functions formerly known as the Bureau of Elder and Adult Services. During the grant period Maine has been in the midst of significant restructuring of state health and human services functions.

3 Project grant period: October 1, 2003 - September 30, 2006, extended to November 30, 2006.

Muskie School of Public Service

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