The OADS - Aging Services, an Office within the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, promotes programs and services for older adults, their families and for people with disabilities.
Aging Services is responsible for Adult Protective Services, Home and Community Based Care, Community Services and Resource Development.
- Ricker Hamilton, Director
- Rick Mooers, Director, Adult Protective Services
Court to become public guardian or conservator for incapacitated individuals who cannot direct their own affairs. Manages assets of public wards and develops specialized housing and other services. Coordinates OADS - Aging Services activities under the AMHI Consent Decree. Trains other health care, social service and law enforcement agencies. Program serves 3,600 people annually, including over 800 in public guardianship/conservatorship.
- Romaine Turyn, Director, Planning and Resource Division
Responsible for developing publicly assisted residential care facilities, assisted living facilities and adult family care homes. Administers funds for adult day services and contracts for affordable congregate housing services programs. Conducts mandated reviews under the Maine Certificate of Need Act for nursing facility projects, such as acquisitions, construction and renovation. Issues "requests for proposals" for the development of facilities for special populations, such as persons with Alzheimer's disease, acquired brain injury, or seriously mentally ill public wards, as funds become available for expanding programs. Regulates/licenses assisted living programs, residential care facilities, adult family care homes, and adult day care programs [residential care facilities that are part of a licensed nursing facility are regulated by the Bureau of Medical Services, Division of licensing and Certification.
- Kathy Poulin, Director, Community Services
Supported primarily with federal Older Americans Act funds, provides home delivered meals, outreach, information and assistance, transportation, employment, volunteer, public education and legal services to 42,000 people annually through the five Area Agencies on Aging and Legal Services for the Elderly, Inc. Also includes Congregate Housing Services; Adult Day Care; Homemaker Services, as well as federal demonstration grants for Alzheimer's services and health insurance counseling.
- Elizabeth Gattine, Director, Long Term Care
Manages programs involving home health and other supportive services to 4,100 elderly and disabled adults in order to avoid or delay nursing home placement. Programs include: Home Based Care; Alzheimer's Respite; and Medicaid Waiver for Elderly and Adults with Disabilities, and the Long-term Care Ombudsman Program. Manages statewide pre- admissions assessment of all nursing facility applicants through a contract with Goold Health Systems. Community Options Unit helps consumers and their families' problems.
OADS - Aging Services
Maine Department of Health and Human Services
11 State House Station
32 Blossom Lane
Augusta, Maine 04333
Voice: (207) 287-9200
TTY: Maine relay 711