We are offering housing options and support services for individuals with intellectual disabilities and autistic disorders living in Maine. Shared Living is supported by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) through the MaineCare program (Section 21 and Section 29, Home and Community-Based Waiver Services) as one of the least restrictive and most cost effective options of home support services available in Maine.
Shared-living offers a home environment for consumers to live and receive the necessary support of a family as well as the community. Under this model the consumer essentially becomes part of the family. This is a growing model in Maine. Shared Living offers the consumer consistent, stable staffing in a home environment where the consumer can thrive and grow with community inclusion.
We are seeking both consumers and providers in Maine to help grow this new program at our agency. We then match consumers to providers available in specific areas. The Providers’ skills must meet the needs of the consumer to become a match.
- A diagnosis of an intellectual disability or autism is required.
- Eligibility for MaineCare services under Section 21 and Section 29 Home and Community-Based Waiver.
- A Person-Centered Planning (PCP) team who has determined this to be an appropriate living option.
Providers must meet the requirements of OADS as follows:
- Successfully pass background checks as required by the MaineCare Benefits Manual. All other adult household members (18 years or older) who live full or part-time in the home and/or who will provide support and/or transportation to the individual must also pass background checks.
- Successfully pass a home safety inspection conducted by an Administrative Oversight Agency to assure the home meets all health and safety environmental standards according to the MaineCare Benefits Manual and DHHS-OADS.
- Ensure that their home meets local housing codes. The Provider will submit a copy of the initial home inspection findings to the Oversight Agency.
- Verify he/she has time to provide daily services/supports which meet the needs of the individual and is willing to work towards the goals the team has identified in the Person-Centered Plan.
- Have a high school diploma or GED and a valid Maine driver’s license.
- Become DSP and CRMA certified
- Attend Reportable events training
What is Shared Living?
Shared Living is a service model of residential support where a person with an intellectual/developmental disability and or Autism lives with and receives support from a Provider. A Provider is known as the Shared Living Provider (SL Provider). SL Providers are caring, compassionate people who open their hearts and homes to support others.
What Are a Few Of The Benefits To Supporting People In a Shared Living Arrangement?
Shared Living arrangements closely replicate a private home experience. SL Providers not only provide a residence, but offer support, friendship, companionship, and opportunities for growth. Providers will receive the satisfaction of making a difference in another person’s life, training, as well as a generous tax-free monthly stipend.
What Types of SL Providers Do We Recruit?
It all depends on what the person with a disability is looking for, their support needs, and the needs of the SL Provider. People’s ideal living situations vary – ranging from traditional families with children to single housemate arrangements. It’s all in the match!
Do I Need to Own a House to be a SL Provider?
No. As long as your home meets environmental requirements, determined through an Assistance Plus Home Assessment, and is deemed a good place for the person to live, you can either rent or own your home.
Do I have to be a Assistance Plus Employee to be a SL Provider?
No. The SL Provider is not an employee of Assistance Plus; they are an independent contractor.
How Long of a Commitment Does Assistance Plus Require?
Assistance Plus expects a minimum of one year’s commitment. However, most arrangements last much longer.
Is There a Screening Process?
Potential SL Providers go through a rigorous screening process. Criminal background checks are conducted, State background checks are run, professional and personal references are checked, work history is analyzed, and a thorough set of interviews and assessments are conducted to ensure we select only the very best candidates.
Will I be Supervised?
SL Providers receive thorough supervision and support after the initial move-in and later monthly supervision and home visits by the coordinator. The SL Coordinator will sometimes make unannounced visits to the home to check on the individual and provider. When needed, the frequency of visits and support increases until the home is stable.
What Are Some of the SL Providers’ Responsibilities?
Responsibilities are all inclusive in most cases with support from the agency as delineated in the written contract. Examples include serving meals, ensuring a safe and comfortable home environment, administering medication, implementing and documenting Individual Support Plan goals, providing transportation to medical appointments, and arranging for respite care.
What Type Of Training Would The Provider Receive by or Through Assistance Plus?
Training will include but will not be limited to: Direct Support Professional, Medication Administration, CPR, First Aid, and MANDT.
How Do I Get Paid?
SL Provider is paid via a tax-free stipend bi-weekly after services are rendered.
Are There Medical And Dental Benefits Associated With Being An SL Provider?
No, there are no medical or dental benefits associated with the role.
How Do I Learn More and/or Become a SL Provider?
If you are willing to share your life and home with a person with an intellectual and developmental disability, please contact Assistance Plus’s Shared Living Coordinator Victoria Copp at (207) 649-6026