Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Disability and Aging

Louise Olsen

Research Analyst II
Louise Olsen


438B Wishcamper Center

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Phone: (207) 780-4935

Louise Olsen is a Research Analyst, within the Cutler Institute’s Disability and Aging program area.  Louise has extensive experience in policy research and implementation, with specific expertise in the assessment process, functional eligibility, service plan development and service authorization.  Louise works closely with Maine’s Office of Aging and Disability Services, providing comprehensive and specialized business systems analysis and program support for Maine’s assessment and data systems for long term services and supports. She provides technical assistance to support the interface between Maine’s assessment and authorization system and its Medicaid claims system, participates in enhancement design to accommodate policy changes, and conducts testing and trouble-shooting prior to new releases. Louise also provides training on system enhancements and policy changes and analyzes authorization and eligibility data in support of ongoing operations and policy development.

Louise has extensive knowledge in the design and use of quality measures for home and community based service programs. She also has significant experience in state and federal aging and disability policy and the long term services and supports delivery system, including federal initiatives (e.g., the Money Follows the Person demonstration and the Aging and Disability Resource Centers, or ADRCs). She has participated in a number of evaluations relating to the ADRCs, options counseling and community living programs in Maine. 

Louise has a B.A. from the University of Southern Maine.


Date Title Typesort descending
2016 Adults Using Long Term Services and Supports: Population and Service Use Trends in Maine, SFY 2014 Chartbook
2009 Profiling Maine's Long Term Support System [Project Brief] Project Brief
2009 Cross-System Profile of Maine's Long Term Support System: A New View of Maine's Long Term Services and Supports and the People Served Report
2007 Assessment of Maine's Long-Term Care Needs. Baseline Report: Demographics and Use of Long Term Care Services in Maine Report
2006 Quality Indicators for Home and Community-Based Services in Maine Report
2005 Results of the Maine Experience Survey: Adults with Physical Disabilites Consumer Directed Waiver Report
2010 Older Adults and Adults with Disabilities: Population and Service Use Trends in Maine Report
2012 Dementia Capable Project: Interviews with Employers who Direct Services of a Person with Dementia Report
2012 Satisfaction Survey Results and Lessons Learned: Maine's Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) Project Report
2011 Maine's Community Living Program: Implementation and Outcomes Report
2012 Older Adults and Adults With Disabilities: Population and Service Use Trends in Maine, 2012 Edition. Chartbook. Report
2013 Dementia in Maine: Characteristics, Care, and Cost Across Settings [CHARTBOOK] Report
2013 Providing Long Term Services & Supports to People with Impaired Decision-Making Capacity Report
2007 Caring for People with Alzheimer's Disease or Dementia in Maine [Research & Policy Brief] Research and Policy Brief

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.

Adults with Intellectual Disabilities or Autism Spectrum Disorder: Population and Service Use Trends in Maine 2014 Chartbook

Adults with Intellectual Diabilities or ASD Chartbook

Adults with Intellectual Disability or Autism Spectrum Disorder: Population and Service Use Trends in Maine, 2014 Edition provides a detailed look at the historical trends and current utilization and cost of institutional and community based services for adults with intellectual disability or autism spectrum disorder.

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Dementia in Maine

Dementia in Maine

As the oldest state in the nation, Maine faces the impending impact of Alzheimer’s disease on its social systems, community resources, and its health and long term care systems. This report provides a baseline picture of the current use of services by people with and without dementia in Maine. Learn more in Dementia in Maine: Characteristics, Care, and Cost Across Settings.

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Report on Maine's Older Adults

With the aging of Maine’s population and its status as the oldest state in the nation, the use of long term services continues to be a critical public policy issue in the state and nationally. Learn more in Older Adults and Adults With Disabilities: Population and Service Use Trends in Maine, 2012 Edition.

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