The Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) seeks to address the frustrations many older adults, people with disabilities, and family members experience when trying to learn about and access long-term services and supports.
The ADRC raises visibility about the full range of available options; provide objective information, advice, counseling and assistance; empower people to make informed decisions about their long-term services and supports; and help people access public and private programs. The ADRC provides unbiased, reliable information and counseling to people with all levels of income.
The ADRC is an important part of the No Wrong Door (NWD) system model. A collaboration between the Administration for Community Living (ACL), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and the Veterans Health Administration, the NWD initiative works to streamline access to long-term services and supports for older adults, people with disabilities, and their families.
The ADRC is funded through the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, CMS, and the federal Administration on Aging and is being administered by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services/Office of Aging and Disability Services.
What can the ADRC help with?
- Information and referrals: The ADRC can connect you to resources, internal programs, and external services with in your community.
- Benefits Eligibility Screening: The ADRC will review your income and other eligibility requirements to determine which entitlement programs you may be eligible for.
- Medicare/Health Insurance counseling: ADRC Specialists are State Health Insurance Assistant Program (SHIP) certified. See the Health Insurance Counseling section for more information on how they can assist you.
- Educational Opportunities: ADRC Specialists provide Community Education Presentations throughout the four county service area.
- Advocacy: the ADRC Specialists work for you – ask for what you need – they will do their best to help!
- Caregiver Support: The ADRC Specialists screen for eligibility and, if appropriate, connect you to respite programs, caregiver training, support groups, helpful information, options counseling, etc.