What Programs Are Available To Assist People With Disabilities in Maine?

Is there a Medicaid waiver program in Maine? Maine has several waivers including:

  • Elderly and Adults with Disabilities;
  • Services for Children with ID and/or Pervasive Developmental Disorders;
  • Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Services;
  • Home and Community Services for Adults with ID or Autistic Disorder;
  • Support Services for Adults with ID or Autistic Disorder

What state department handles the Medicaid waiver program in Maine? The Department of Health and Human Services handles the Medicaid waiver program in Maine, specifically the office of Aging and Disability services within the agency.

What programs assist people who have developmental disabilities? MaineCare and the Medicaid Waiver programs assist persons with disabilities in Maine.

What is the best number to call to get started? To get information about the waiver program in Maine you can call one of the two information numbers: (800) 452-1926 or (207) 624-8000.

If it is a crisis, you can call the crisis line at (888) 568-1112, however the crisis line can only be reached by calling from Maine.

Is there a website?

Who Qualifies For Assistance?

What is considered a developmental disability in Maine? As part of its process for the provision of services to persons with mental retardation, Maine utilizes the definition of mental retardation as adopted by the American Association on Mental Retardation and the American Psychiatric Association. "Mental retardation refers to significantly sub-average general intellectual functioning existing concurrently with deficits in adaptive behavior, and manifested during the developmental period". (34-B MRSA §5001(3)). Maine uses the definition of autism codified in 34-B MRSA §6002. Autism refers to a developmental disorder characterized by a lack of responsiveness to other people, gross impairment in communicative skills and unusual responses to various aspects of the environment, all usually developing within the first 30 months of age.

Are there income limits to receive services? Yes, you must meet the MaineCare income limits guidelines. Depending on your age and disability, income limits vary from 100% Federal Poverty Limit(FPL) to 200 FPL. In most cases assets limits are $2,000. The waivered individual's assets must not exceed the SSI - Related asset limit for an individual. Assets are not counted when determining a child's eligibility. You must have full MaineCare before you can apply for services.

How old do you have to be to start receiving services? The Home and Community Based Waiver Benefit for Children with Intellectual Disabilities and/or Pervasive Developmental Disorders (ID and/or PDD) provides services to children aged 5-20. The other waiver programs are for persons aged 18 and older.

Is There a Waiting List For Services?

How long is the waiting list in Maine? There is not a reported waiting list for Medicaid waiver services in Maine .

How many people are on the waiting list? There is no reported waiting list in Maine.

How many people are currently receiving services? Unknown

What assistance is available while you wait? N/A

Is there priority preference for people who are in crisis? N/A

What Services Are Offered & What Are The Service Limitations?

What services does the Medicaid waiver program offer in Maine? Services available include: Community Supports, Employment Supports, Home Accessibility Adaptations, Transportation Services, and Respite Services.

What services are available to people living in the family home in Maine? Services available to people living in the family home include: Community Supports, Employment Supports, Home Accessibility Adaptations, Transportation Services, and Respite Services.

Does Maine offer community group homes? Residential Services include: ◦Group Living ◦Supervised Apartments ◦Supported Living (Less then 24 hours) ◦ICF-MR ◦PNMI and ◦Shared Living.

Does this state offer supported living? Maine offers Supervised Apartments and Supported Living.

Are there still state owned institutions? There are no state institutions to seclude those with developmental disabilities.

How Do You Select A Provider?

Do providers work for the state? No, anyone who meets the qualifications can apply to be a provider.

About how many providers are there in the state? Unknown

Do you have a choice in providers? Community Case Management Certified Providers help select providers and services.

How Do You Become A Provider?

To enroll as a provider in Maine, you must have your national provider identification number. Call (800) 465-3203 to get your NPIN. Once you have your NPIN, call *866) 690-5585 to enroll. There is not a fee to become a provider in Maine. Enrollment Resources

Additional Information

Medicaid is called MaineCare in Maine. MaineCare members can receive services under only one Home and Community Waiver Benefit at any one time. MaineCare Benefits Manual

The Department of Health and Human Services offers several programs that provide supportive services to elderly and disabled adults in order to avoid or delay nursing home placement. In-home services are funded by either through MaineCare or through state funds.These services are designed to assist a consumer remain independent in the community, if they so choose. Services include: State Funded In Home and Community Home Based Care; and Medicaid Waiver for Elderly and Adults with Disabilities; MaineCare Home Health Services, and MaineCare Private Duty Nursing Services.

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