Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Family Support and Independence

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Many families share circumstances that require interaction with multiple public service agencies, such as families in financial distress, families with children with special needs, immigrant/ refugee families, or families involved in the child welfare system. The Cutler Institute provides training and technical assistance to the human service agencies that support a broad range of individuals and families in need of short-term or longer-term assistance.

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OFI Training

Workforce Development – Office of Family Independence/Maine DHHS

For over 10 years the Standard Eligibility Policy Training Program has prepared new OFI workers to navigate ever changing federal and state rules, regulations and electronic processes in order to deliver efficient, accurate, and effective eligibility determinations for programs such as TANF, Food Supplement, MaineCare, and Disability Services. Training is delivered through a blend of online and classroom training, reinforced on the job through a series of Learning at Work Guides coordinated with local supervisors.

OFI TrainingDivision of Support Enforcement & Recovery, Quadrennial Review

Federal law requires that each state conduct a formal review of its child support guidelines at least once every four years. In 2012 Cutler Institute staff produced Maine’s report, based on an extensive process of stakeholder input, literature review, DSER case studies, policy analysis, and updates to economic forecasting. The report includes an analysis of different child support models and recommendations on changes to the Maine Child Support schedule to reflect new economic realities. 

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Hartley Retires as Director of the Maine Rural Health Research Center

David Hartley, PhD

David Hartley, PhD, the Director of the Maine Rural Health Research Center (MRHRC) and a Research Professor of Public Health has announced that he will be retiring from the University of Southern Maine August 31st, 2014. David came to the University in 1994 and has directed the MRHRC since 2004. Andy Coburn, PhD, Research Professor of Public Health, will take over as the new MRHRC Director. Erika Ziller, PhD continues in her role as Deputy Director. David has had a distinguished career in rural health and rural health research, and has made lasting contributions to the field with his work on rural behavioral health, rural disparities and health, and rural active living.

A celebration will be scheduled in early fall to honor David and his many contributions to the field and the University.


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Justice Research

Cover: Maine Crime and Justice Data Book 2014

Using the most recent public safety, corrections, and court data available, the Maine Crime and Justice Data Book presents a portrait of the state's crime and justice indicators, including 10-year trends in Maine and comparisons with northern New England and the U.S. at large.

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