Guide to Services for People who are Newly Disabled

The purpose of this guide is to provide information about the services that are most critical to people who are new to needing services. This page has links to what we feel are the most initially important services. Each section also has a link to a longer list of services – Go to our Resource Guides Content page.





GENERAL

Find out what you might be eligible for. These two sites have online questionnaires and will return a list of services that you might be eligible for.

BENEFITSCHECKUP.ORG
This National Council on Aging site will help older and disabled people identify benefits that are available to them.
http://www.benefitscheckup.org

GOVBENEFITS.GOV
The GovBenefits Web site asks citizens to answer a series of simple questions about their own personal circumstances. The system then provides the citizen with a list of government benefits for which they may be eligible to receive along with information on how to apply.
http://www.govbenefits.gov



MEDICAL

MaineCare is a health care program for people who cannot otherwise afford quality health care.
Contact Maine Department of Health & Human Services to find out if you're eligible for MaineCare.
List of (DHHS) Offices in Maine

http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/DHSaddresses.htm

Medicare is a Health Insurance Program for people 65 years of age and older, some disabled people under 65 years of age, and people with End-Stage Renal Disease (permanent kidney failure treated with dialysis or a transplant).
http://www.state.me.us/dhhs/beas/resource/medicare.htm

Note: Medicare eligibility begins 24 months after you first receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).


MORE MEDICAL RESOURCES



INCOME

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.
https://secure.ssa.gov/apps7/best/benefits/

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

Maine Public Employees Retirement System (MainePERS - formerly the Maine State 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/


MORE INCOME RESOURCES



FOOD

Food Stamp Information:
The Food Stamp Program provides food stamps that help low-income households buy the food they need for good health. Contact Information: Bob Thibodeau (207)287-5054.
http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/OIAS/snap/index.html

Food Stamps, Where to apply:
http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/OIAS/offices/index.html


MORE FOOD RESOURCES



TRANSPORTATION

Demand Response Buses
One of the jobs of these bus systems is to provide free transportation to MaineCare appointments. You must contact them ahead of time.
You can be paid mileage to drive yourself, a family member, or friend to MaineCare appointments. The demand response providers manage this program.
http://www.exploremaine.org/bus/demandresponse.html


LOTS MORE TRANSPORTATION LINKS



ENERGY

Maine Community Action Agency Programs (CAPs) oversee Maine's fuel assistance programs. (They also provide a variety of other services for income eligable persons.)
http://www.mainecommunityaction.org/members.htm


MANY MORE ENERGY RELATED LINKS



HOUSING

Housing in Maine is a patchwork affair. We don't have a one–stop resource. Please check our complete listing for resources in your area.
HOUSING RESOURCES





Development of this resource funded, in part, by MeHAF (Maine Health Access Foundation) http://www.mehaf.org/



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