Autism Speaks is urging Maine adults with autism or their caregivers to sign up for the state's Medicaid waiver list before June 30, 2015 for an opportunity to receive housing, job and day habilitation services.
As a result of a court settlement reported in the Portland Press-Herald, MaineCare, the state's Medicaid agency, has agreed to expand the services to another 1,000 adults with disabilities either on the Medicaid waiver list or who are added by next June 30. Individuals can apply once they turn age 18 for services that begin after age 20.
The agreement is part of a class action settlement reached last week in Kennebec County Superior Court and applies to two adult Mediciad waiver programs. One is the Section 21 housing benefit designed to help people with disabilities live at home by providing speech therapy, transportation, work support and othert services. The othwer is the Section 29 day habilitation waiver which provides job training, counseling, physical therapy and other services.