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Disability and Aging, Cutler Institute, USM Aging Initiative, Policy


In 2009, the Office of Elder Services, Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), was awarded a grant from the Administration on Aging (AoA) under its Community Living Program (CLP). The overall goal of the CLP announcement was to strengthen the capacity of the Aging Network to target and serve individuals at highest risk of residential facility placement by offering flexible services including consumer directed options. Over the last five years, options counseling has evolved from a general set of activities and functions within AAAs/ADRCs to a more standardized and generally accepted role within the Aging Network. With the award of the CLP grant, Maine proposed to develop more consistent methods for identifying people at risk of residential facility placement and to begin to develop standards for the options counseling functions.

The results of this evaluation are organized into two main sections: Implementation of Options Counseling which examines the processes, protocols and practices that were developed and Outcomes which examines the implementation of the options counseling services along four dimensions: Consumer Outcomes; Staff Outcomes; Organizational Outcomes; and System Outcomes.

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Funding for Maine’s Community Living Program was through a cooperative agreement between the US Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Aging and the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Elder Services; Funding Opportunity Number HHS-2009-AoACD-0919, CFDA Number: 93.048.



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