Community coalitions in Bath-Brunswick, Bangor, and Franklin County were developed to demonstrate how local agencies can coordinate, reduce duplicative efforts, and connect consumers effectively with information and resources about the range of long term supports and services available to adults of all ages and income levels. These locations represent, respectively, coastal, urban, and rural "service center" communities that provide large, outlying rural areas with health, social, and retail services.
Achieving the project goals for community coalitions required cooperation among agencies and organizations at the state and local level. The project convened a Statewide Steering Committee composed of representatives of the three coalitions, the statewide association partners, and other state agencies (See Appendix A for a list of Statewide Steering Committee members). The primary role of the Statewide Steering Committee was problem analysis, planning, implementation, monitoring, design for the project, and input regarding the evaluation.
The project contracted with a consultant to serve as facilitator for local coalition meetings and to conduct trainings for the coalitions. This consultant worked closely with ADRC project management and served on the Statewide Steering Committee and on the subsequent Technical Advisory Group (described below).
Descriptive evaluation of the three community coalitions' development and their impact is included in Part II of this report. Since the Bangor Coalition provided such a key role in the development of the pilot demonstration Disability and Aging Services Helpline (DASH), some Bangor Coalition activities are also included in Part I of this report, described below.
Mid-grant ADRC Realignment
Halfway through the 3-year project the funders requested a work plan revision and urged the Maine ADRC to develop a pilot site with a physical presence for ADRC activities. The Statewide Steering Committee, project management, and the Office of Elder Services (OES) explored options and selected the Bangor area for pilot development, with support provided by the Bangor Coalition. The Eastern Agency on Aging (EAA), a key member in the Bangor Coalition, was identified as lead agency for this ADRC pilot
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