Work and Benefits Navigator Training

Did you know that Maine is an Employment First state?  In 2013, the Employment First Maine Act was passed into law, requiring individuals served under the auspices of Maine DHHS, DOE, and DOL to be offered employment as a primary service option.

As a service provider, educator, advocate, or family member of individuals with disabilities, you may have heard individuals express concern about losing Social Security disability or MaineCare benefits if/when they work.  Work and Benefits Navigator Training was developed specifically for individuals who support people with disabilities to help address these concerns.

Please share this training opportunity with your agency, colleagues, leadership, and any individuals who may be interested in learning:

–        facts about working while receiving Social Security disability benefits,

–        how to dispel myths about loss of disability benefits when working,

–        resources available to help people with disabilities to find employment,

–        how to help people with disabilities to make progress toward self-sufficiency.

FMI and to register, go to:!

Sessions will be held in:

Portland on Thursday, March 28

Augusta on Wednesday, April 10

Waterville on Thursday, May 23

Registration is free for DHHS employees and $25 for all others.  We hope to see you in the spring!

Adult Guardianship – Code Change as of July 2019

In July the Probate Court Code will be changing.  This will include adult guardianship. Shared Decision Making will have to be explored as an alternative before guardianship is considered.

There is a website with more information about what Shared Decision Making is and what it entails:

OADS and DRME are having trainings around the state for people interested in learning more about it.  If you have transition aged students or clients that this may impact, you may want to share this training opportunity with them, their families, supports, etc.  Here is the link: