Service & Support Planning

OADS is planning how to best provide services and supports for indifividuals with intellectual disabilities and autism in Maine. On the right is our statement of Vision and Values. We believe that this statement gives us direction in the way supports and services are provided. What do you think? Have we missed anything? Should a part of this be changed? What do you like?

Below, you will find six steps we think should be taken in the next two years to improve the quality and effectiveness of services and supports to person with intellectual disabilities and autism in Maine.

Your thoughts and ideas are important to us and we promise to carefully consider each one. 

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We will take the following steps

  • Employment First – every person served will be offered the opportunity to work based upon the idea that each individual can work. Consideration of employment in the community will become a required component of the Person Centered Planning process. 
  • Transition to Adult Services – all offices of DHHS are working together to improve the way children with ID/Autism are supported in moving from school to adult life.  District level teams work with schools, parents and the individual to assist with planning and accessing supports and services.
  • Supporting Individual Success – every person served will have an individualized assessment of their support needs using the Supports Intensity Scale (SIS). The focus of the assessment is on the supports needed to be successful at home and in the community. Every person will have an individualized support budget based upon the SIS results. Within the approved budget and MaineCare rules, individuals will be able to choose their services.
  • Reduce and Eliminate Wait Lists for Services – improve the distribution of resources through efficiencies, implement performance based contracts with service providers, and improve forecasting of persons aging into the adult system.  Refocus rules on quality and person-centered outcomes for each individual.  Explore alternatives to fee-for-service payment system. The goal is to free up funds to add individuals to services. Provide training and consultation to identify other services available for individuals with complex needs/issues. 
  • Assistive Technology – implement rule and budgetary changes to promote the use of technology to improve the independence of individuals through adaptations of communication, environmental control, and remote safety supports. 
  • Improve the Direct Service and Front Line Supervisory Workforce – Recognize of the importance of these professionals and their work. Transform the role of “caretaker” to one of “supporter.” Coordinate with workforce development groups to further training for direct support workers, their supervisors and case managers/care coordinators.

Vision and Values

Our Mission: To promote the highest level of independence, health and safety of older citizens, vulnerable adults and adults with disabilities

Services and Supports for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities & Autism

Vision and Values - we will:

  • Be centered on the person and focus on strengths and abilities
  • Support each person to make their own informed choices
  • Promote respect of adults and their valued roles within their communities
  • Provide opportunities for quality employment that pays a fair wage and benefits
  • Maximize opportunities for independence and self-sufficiency
  • Provide quality case management services including conflict free person centered planning
  • Support and encourage family, friends and neighbors to help meet the indifividual's needs
  • Ensure health and safety while promoting choices for new growth and development
  • Build a coordinated, streamlines service and support system using resources wisely