Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Disability and Aging

Karen Mauney

Computer & Database Specialist III
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45 Commerce Drive, Augusta

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Phone: (207) 287-3932

Karen Mauney is a Systems Development and Operations Director.  Since 1990, Karen has worked with Minimum Data Set (MDS) assessment data collected from nursing homes and created numerous interfaces to facilitate access for Maine Department of Health and Human Services users.  Karen has programmed the Resource Utilization Group (RUG) calculators used for Maine Medicaid payment for nursing homes, residential care facilities and adult family care homes.  Karen has also worked extensively with CMS’s Automated Survey Processing Environment (ASPEN) used by Maine's licensing and certification agency to track surveys and complaints.  She has also worked with Maine's Agency Licensing Management System (ALMS) used to track state licensed agencies and individuals.  Karen oversees the day-to-day support and maintenance and conducts analysis and reporting from these systems.  Karen specializes in computer and database management.

Karen has a B.A. from Duke University.

Cutler Institute awarded $600,000 to help youth raised in foster system

Marty Zanghi

USM's Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy has been awarded a $600,000 grant to help young people raised in Maine's foster system to prepare for college and the workforce.

The money comes from the Annie E. Casey Foundation as part of a $5.4 million national effort aimed at youth who are homeless or in either the foster care or juvenile justice systems.

"Many of these young people have suffered abuse or trauma and were raised in poverty and neglect," said Marty Zanghi, the Cutler Center's youth development director.

The money -- including an expected $400,000 more in matching funds -- will pay for contracted work with agencies in the target areas, starting with the greater Portland area and Penobscot, Kennebec and Somerset counties.

Nationally and in Maine, only about 3 percent of people who grow up in the foster care system achieve a college degree, he said.

"It's dramatically lower than the rate for the general population," Zanghi said. "It's a horrible outcome."

It doesn't have to be that way, though.

"There are young people that overcome these circumstances," he said. "I know people who have master's degrees and Ph.Ds."

The Casey Foundation's national effort is being called the "Learn and Earn to Achieve Potential" (LEAP) initiative.

The initiative is working on partnerships in Maine and nine other areas: Alaska, Arizona, California, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska and New York. In each case, people will adapt two evidence-based models to meet the needs of these youth, including support to address the trauma they may have experienced in their lives.

In Maine, the work will include a pair of successful programs, Jobs for Maine Graduates (JMG) and Jobs for the Future. Results will be carefully tracked, Zanghi said.

After the first year, the program is expected to grow.

"Eventually, the additional help will be available to all children, 14 and over, in the foster care system in the state of Maine," Zanghi said.

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