Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Disability and Aging

Older Adults and Adults With Disabilities: Population and Service Use Trends in Maine, 2012 Edition. Chartbook.

Abstract: 

This Chartbook is an update to the Chartbook: Older Adults and Adults with Physical Disabilities: Population and Service Use Trends in Maine 2010. 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. The information in this Chartbook is provided to help inform state policy makers, legislators, providers, advocates and others with an interest in this subject.

Outline of the Chartbook:

  • Sections 1-4 of this Chartbook provide general demographic information on historical and projected change in the population of older adults in Maine, by county and compared with other states. These sections also provide an overview of the number of older adults who live in poverty, have a disability and live in rural areas.
  • Sections 5 and 6 provide comparisons of the characteristics of people who live in nursing facilities, residential care facilities and at home.
  • Sections 7-10 examine the trends in the use and “case mix” of people in nursing facilities and residential care facilities.
  • Section 11 provides an overview of the supply of nursing and residential care facilities and beds.
  • Section 12 includes a summary of selected quality indicators across long term care settings.
  • Section 13 provides a comparison of the use of services across long term care settings and
  • Section 14 provides comparative expenditure data.

When referencing or using any of the charts or other materials in the Chartbook, please use the following recommended citation:

Fralich, J. et al., Older Adults and Adults with Disabilities: Population and Service Use Trends in Maine, 2012 Edition. (Chartbook). Portland, ME: University of Southern Maine, Muskie School of Public Service; 2012. Available at: http://muskie.usm.maine.edu/Publications/DA/Adults-Disabilities-Maine-Se...

Publication Type: 
Report
Publish Date: 
December 30, 2012
URL: 
http://muskie.usm.maine.edu/Publications/DA/Adults-Disabilities-Maine-Service-Use-Trends-chartbook-2012.pdf

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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