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Department of Vocational Services

Maine Medical Center's Department of Vocational Services is a leader in the field of employment for people with disabilities. The department, CARF-accredited in Community Employment Services, provides services to individuals with disabilities and also provides technical assistance and training to community rehabilitation agencies, employers and schools.

Maine Medical Center's Department of Vocational Services has received funding from the Social Security Administration (SSA) to provide Work Incentives Planning and Assistance Services (WIPA) to Maine Social Security disability beneficiaries since the service was created in 2001. In addition to this funding, the
Maine Department of Labor, Bureau of Rehabilitation Services, and the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services contribute additional resources, expanding the program's capacity to serve more individuals, with some support from the DHHS Office of Aging and Disability Services. Both state Departments have long recognized the importance of providing "benefits counseling" services to Maine people with disabilities receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medicare and MaineCare. This information is critical to help people with disabilities make informed decisions about their benefits when considering a return to work.

  Click here for more information about the Department of Vocational Services.

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