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Maine Public Employees Retirement System

Maine Public Employees Retirement System
Includes Maine State Disability for State employees, public school teachers (including school administrators and other licensed/certified staff), employees of municipalities and other public entities called participating local districts (PLDs), legislators, and judges.
http://www.msrs.org/

MainePERS Benefits page
http://www.msrs.org/benefits.htm



Social Security Information

The Social Security Administration is responsible for two major programs that provide benefits based on disability: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), which is based on prior work under Social Security, and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Under SSI, payments are made on the basis of financial need.

SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION
http://www.ssa.gov

Benefits Eligibility Screening Tool (BEST)
BEST is to help people identify any benefits for which they may be eligible. It takes only a few minutes to complete the on-line questionnaire. No identifying information is requested (such as your name or Social Security number) and all information is erased when you exit the site.
http://best.ssa.gov/

Find your Social Security Office:
https://s044a90.ssa.gov/apps6z/FOLO/fo001.jsp

How do I apply for disability benefits?
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Understanding SSI
http://www.socialsecurity.gov/
ssi/text-understanding-ssi.htm

Disability Report Tool: This wizard takes you through the process of filing a new adult disability claim (SSA-3368). It can help you gather information for your claim.
http://www.ssa.gov/disabilityformhelp/

SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY SECRETS
The purpose of this site is to distribute information——crucial information that, nine times out of ten, it's impossible to get from the person taking your claim for Disability and ssi benefits offered through the Social Security Administration.
http://www.disabilitysecrets.com/

How to figure your retirement benefit:
http://www.ssa.gov/retire2/index.htm

The "Blue Book" provides disability definitions and medical criteria for evaluating Social Security disability claims.
http://www.ssa.gov/disability/professionals/bluebook/

Representing Clients - Information about Social Security's hearings and appeals process.
http://www.ssa.gov/representation/

Social Security Administration's Office of Employment Support Programs
In this website, there is a section for youth with disabilities, consumer employment, and information on the Ticket to Work program.
http://www.ssa.gov/work/


Other Helpful Organizations

The Aroostook County Action Program, Inc.
Works to enable the people of Aroostook to achieve greater economic independence and dignity, and provides leadership to the community in responding to changing human needs.
http://www.acap-me.org/

Community Partners
The STEP program helps people with developmental disabilities determine what type of work they want to do in the community, helps them find work and supports them through their work experience with job coaches. CPI clients work in a variety of jobs in the community, some requiring long-term support. Maximum independence is the goal for each program participant.
Phone: 207–774–6877

Goodwill Industries of Northern New England
Enhances the social and economic independence of people with disabilities, through employment, residential, educational and support services.
http://www.ginne.org/programs_services/employment.asp

Maine Bureau of Rehabilitation Services
This state website is designed to create independent living and working situations for all people with disabilities. It links to many other state resources.
http://www.state.me.us/rehab/

Maine CareerCenter
The Maine employment resource for employers and job seekers.
http://www.mainecareercenter.com/

Maine Info
Includes lists of government, college, non-profit and private sector jobs in Maine as well as links to employment-related services for persons with disabilities.
http://www.maine.info/jobs.html

Maine Personal Assistance Services Association
MePASA is a coalition of people in Maine employed to provide assistance to persons with disabilities. This grant-funded organization supports workers by offering opportunities for collegial support, professional recognition, development, and representation to improve public awareness of the work, job opportunities and quality compensation.
They don't have a website, but their toll free number is (800) 268-6612.

Pathways, Inc.
Provides services for adult individuals with disabilities and children with special needs that improve the quality of their lives. Services help people realize their vocational, educational, economical, emotional and social potential.
PO Box 1267,
Auburn 04211-1267
795-4085

Salvation Army
Provides free workshops and ongoing classes for individuals with limited resources. Learning opportunities include a wide variety of subjects, such as: nutrition, parenting skills, and financial management.
Phone: 207–774–6304

United Way of Mid-Coast Maine
Places to go in Bath - Brunswick Area
http://www.curtislibrary.com/firstcall.htm#employ

United Way of Mid-Coast Maine
Places to go in Bath - Brunswick Area
http://www.curtislibrary.com/firstcall.htm#publicassist





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