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Independent Support Services

Catholic Charities Maine

Application Summary:

This program provides low-cost homemaking services to disabled adults and isolated seniors with low income. It’s the only publicly funded program providing this service that’s contracted with the State of Maine.

They’ve increased participation in self-directed care, which allows clients to recruit their friends/family to be their homemaker, at a $12/hour reimbursement rate.

They received $284,000 in supplemental funding from the state in the fall of 2018, which they are using to address staffing challenges. They expect to receive such funding again in the next fiscal year.

This summer, Maine is issuing Request for Proposals to re-compete the Independent Support Services contract. Catholic Charities Maine has twice consecutively won the bid, and expects to do so again. (Last cycle, they were the only agency to bid.)

The percent of clients rating the quality of service good or better is up from 93% last year to 94% this year. Their “What was the difference made” measure (not on our list) is the percent of clients assessed on a self-sufficiency index that move from crisis/vulnerable to stable. It was unclear if the 75% for this measure was their goal, or their actual for either the most recent year or the previous year.

UWMM funding accounts for only 2% of this program’s income, even taking into consideration the increased request.

Site Visit/Phone Conversation Notes:

No site visit.

Program Strengths:

Collaboration with local Area Agency on Aging and sub-vendors to help meet client needs, Increased funding from state allows for staffing issues to be addressed, including increasing pay rates

Program Weaknesses:

Wait list appears to be increasing, At risk to lose state contract, Unclear what progress was made on “difference made” program measure

Focus Area:

Kristen Otenti agrees that this program aligns with Health, as indicated on the application.

This program has requested $9000.

Kristen Otenti’s Recommendation: Don’t Fund for $0

Recommendations and Comments


Definitely Fund = No question, UWMM should fund this program.
Maybe Fund = I think UWMM should fund this program, but I have outstanding questions.
Maybe Don’t Fund = I don’t think UWMM should fund this program, because I have outstanding concerns.
Don’t Fund = UWMM should not fund this program.

Robert Dahlgren

Maybe Fund

Recommend funding with the caveat that we could rescind funding if the contract with the state of Maine is not renewed. Perhaps with some follow up questions we can clarify the ‘difference made’ measurement.

Jackie Dalton

Maybe Don’t Fund

With the tight UW budget this year, we have to think about the impact of not funding some requests and UW’s portion seems so small that the impact of no UW funding seems small, too.

George Coleman

Don’t Fund

Susan Roy

Maybe Don’t Fund

Rick Dorian

Maybe Don’t Fund

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