Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Taryn Bowe

Research Associate
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45 Commerce Drive, Augusta

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Phone: (207) 626-5243

Taryn Bowe is a Research Associate within the Disability and Aging program area.  She is committed to finding effective ways to communicate complex policies, program initiatives, and concepts to consumers, families, providers, and other members of the public.  She is currently involved in Maine’s Direct Service Workers Training Program, where she is the lead curriculum writer for a series of web-based trainings designed to prepare personal and home-care assistance workers for entry-level positions.  She has also designed and developed plain-language trainings and materials for Transition Coordinators working in Maine's Homeward Bound program and for a state-wide educational campaign on Alternatives to Adult Guardianship and Conservatorship.  

Taryn is particularly interested in connecting with adults receiving or providing long term support services and distilling their experiences into key points and common themes state leaders and program managers can use to better understand and improve programs and policies.  Recent stakeholder engagement work includes leading and facilitating a Parent Communication Group composed of parents and guardians of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and interviewing and profiling consumers participating in Maine's Homeward Bound program and receiving Home and Community-Based Services.

Taryn graduated from Bowdoin College with degrees in Neuroscience and Religion and earned a Masters in Fine Arts from the University of Southern Maine.

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.

New Chartbook on the Use of Maine's Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS)

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Long term services and supports (LTSS) are a vital lifeline for the thousands of Maine adults who need them, and they account for a significant portion of the state's Medicaid (MaineCare) budget.This Chartbook prepared by the research staff at the USM Muskie School, provides information on all Maine adults who use LTSS: older adults; adults with physical disabilities; adults with intellectual disabilities/autism spectrum disorder or other related conditions; and adults with acquired brain injury.

The information provided in this Chartbook about the demographic trends that impact Maine's service system as well as data on the typical MaineCare service utilization and expenditures of different LTSS populations will inform the discussion among policymakers, providers, consumers, and advocates as they work together to ensure that Maine’s system of LTSS meets the needs of all its citizens.

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