Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Disability and Aging

Eileen Griffin

Senior Policy Associate, Co-Director Disability and Aging Program
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401 Wishcamper Center

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Phone: (207) 780-4813

Eileen Griffin is a Senior Policy Associate and co-director of the Cutler Institute’s Disability and Aging program area. Eileen has a strong interest in effective policy and program design and implementation, particularly for programs serving adults with disabilities and older adults. Trained as a lawyer, Eileen has a deep knowledge of Medicaid policy and the state regulatory and operational environment in which the Medicaid program operates. She enjoys keeping her eye on the larger strategic policy goals while digging into the regulatory and operational details that need to be addressed for effective implementation. Much of her work has involved working collaboratively with policymakers and other stakeholders to integrate policy and programs, streamline overlapping regulatory requirements, evaluate integrated programs, and bring state policy into compliance with new federal law. She has strong analytic and writing skills, can conceptualize and frame problems, and helps policymakers and other stakeholders develop strategies for addressing problems. 

Eileen is currently part of RTI International’s team evaluating state demonstrations under the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Financial Alignment Initiative to integrate care for persons dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid services. In her time at the Cutler Institute she has drafted licensing regulations that integrate and streamline licensing standards across multiple types of behavioral health providers; designed a regulatory program that leveraged the accreditation process and findings of a nationally recognized accreditor; and helped states identify conflicts of interest for case managers and providers providing long term services and supports.  She worked with Maine policymakers to draft its operational protocol for its Money Follows the Person demonstration and its transition plan for bringing Maine into compliance with new federal regulations governing home and community-based services. Eileen was lead author of a report analyzing the evolving roles and responsibilities of state Medicaid agencies, emerging opportunities and challenges, and their needed administrative capacity. She also served as lead author on a comprehensive review and analysis of Medicaid waivers. 

Eileen has a growing interest in the factors that influence nursing facility use, identifying policy interventions that can reduce unnecessary use of nursing facility services, and the role of federal and state policy in promoting provider and community-level interventions that help older adults and adults with disabilities live independently in their own home.

Eileen has an A.B. from Bowdoin College and a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law. 


Datesort descending Title Type
2003 Roadmap for Change: Maine's Response to the Olmstead Decision, Report
2005 Access, Choice and Control: A Comparative Analysis of Maine's Personal Assistance Services Programs Report
2005 Access to Housing for Persons with Disabilities: Lessons Learned from Three Demonstration Projects Report
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
2009 Profiling Maine's Long Term Support System [Project Brief] Project Brief
2012 2012 Maine Child Support Guidelines: Review and Recommendations Report
2012 Members Dually Eligible for MaineCare and Medicare Benefits: MaineCare and Medicare Expenditures and Utilization, State Fiscal Year 2010. Chartbook. Report
2012 "Homelike" Characteristics of Maine's Residential Services: A Survey of Maine's Residential Service Settings (2010). Chartbook. Report
2012 Maine Direct Service Workforce Survey Results of 2012: A Chartbook Report
2012 Children and Adults With Long Term Services and Support Needs: MaineCare and Medicare Expenditures and Utilization, State Fiscal Year 2010. Chartbook. Report
2013 Providing Long Term Services & Supports to People with Impaired Decision-Making Capacity Report
2013 Managing a High-Performance Medicaid Program Report
2014 Integrated Care for Older Adults in Rural Communities Research and Policy Brief
2014 Integrated Care Management in Rural Communities Working Paper
2014 Profile of Rural Residential Care Facilities: A Chartbook Report
2014 Multiple Roles of Medicaid Report (Conference Paper)
2016 Living With A Brain Injury In Maine: Individual Experiences, Perceptions, and Needs Report

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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