For families seeking alternative housing services for adults: Shared Living is similar to foster care. Shared Living emphasizes directing care to a more cooperative sharing of space and supports between adults. The individual becomes part of the fabric of the provider’s family, home and community. The Shared Living provider supports the client with daily living skills, personal care, organization and scheduling of appointments, transportation, community inclusion, interpersonal skill development and a whole host of other supports. Many of the people living in a Shared Living Program are attending community support programs and/or are employed. Client’s family are encouraged to remain actively involved and provide support and guidance for their family member and the Shared Living Provider. In some cases it is appropriate for a family member to become the Shared Living Provider. This service can be specifically tailored to the client's needs.
On behalf of DHHS-OADS Port Resources, as an approved administrator, assists OADS in the recruitment and matching the individual’s and team needs with an appropriate home and Shared Living Provider.
Are you interested in becoming a provider?
Port Resources provides administrative oversight for Shared Living service contractors who operate throughout Southern Maine. Port Resources, as an administrator, ensures that the client’s needs are being met and that their health and safety remain a priority. Port Resources also provides Shared Living Providers support and assistance to ensure compliance with all state and federal regulations. Port Resources offers:
- Training opportunities so the contractors can meet their professional development needs. (see our Training section).
- Supports to the client and their providers throughout Person Centered Planning (PCP) process.
- Ongoing support from our management team.
- Assistance with networking with other Shared Living Providers in the area.
- Support for community integration opportunities for the individual.
- A competitive daily stipend is paid via direct deposit on a weekly basis (in most cases the daily stipend is tax free).
- Potential income from daily stipends plus room and board can be over $45,000 per year.
- We offer unique vacancy days as a part of your annual contract which allows you to be paid even when services are not provided.
If you are interested in becoming a provider, applications for these services can be obtained through the DHHS/Office of Aging and Disability Services or by calling us directly. Seeking individuals and families living in the following counties: Cumberland, York, Sagadahoc, Androscoggin, and Oxford.
Are you interested in receiving services?
Individuals and families interested in Shared Living services should consult with their case manager or contact the closest DHHS/OADS office. There are certain eligibility requirements established by the Department of Health and Human Services through MaineCare (Section 21, Home and Community Based Waiver Services Program) or (Section 29, Support Services for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities or Autism Spectrum Disorder) https://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/rules/10/ch101.htm
For more information:
For additional information visit the DHHS/OADS information page through the link provided HERE.
We suggest you read the Shared Living Model Handbook for more details about the specific roles and responsibilities. If you have an interest in being supported by Port Resources please contact us directly.
To contact Port Resources directly
Individuals, families, and any Shared Living provider or prospective provider interested in learning more about Port Resources’ services may contact Jim Collins, Shared Living Program Manager, by phone at (207) 518-0251 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org