Maine Discretionary Awards

Project Title: Universal Newborn Hearing and Screening

Grant Number: H61MC30766
Project Start Date: April 01, 2017
Project End Date: March 31, 2020
Organization: MAINE EDUCATIONAL CENTER FOR THE DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING, THE
Address: Mackworth Is Falmouth ME 04105
Project Director: Karen Hopkins
Phone Number: (207) 420-9918
Email: karen.hopkins@mecdhh.org

Project Description

Since 1957 the Maine Educational Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing/Governor Baxter School for the Deaf has been providing state of the art services and supports to children who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families throughout the state of Maine. Currently serving over 700 deaf and hard of hearing children and families throughout Maine, MECDHH/GBSD has become a nationally recognized organization. In an effort to improve outcomes for Maine’s deaf and hard of hearing children, MECDHH/GBSD has formed collaborative partnerships with several statewide agencies in Maine that serve children who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families. Our 2014 state data collected from Maine’s EHDI program documents that over 98% of infants are being screened. This data also informs us that 71% of infants received a diagnosis by three months. One concern in Maine is the lack of information of the critical importance of follow up after NHS. Education is needed in Maine for primary care.

Project Title: Family Professional Partnership/CSHCN

Grant Number: H84MC00003
Project Start Date: March 01, 2002
Project End Date: May 31, 2022
Organization: MAINE PARENT FEDERATION
Address: Augusta ME 04338
Project Director: Carrie A Woodcock
Phone Number: (207) 588-1933 Extn-81933
Email: cwoodcock@mpf.org

Project Description

Maine Parent Federations approved project addresses 7 challenges; 1. Healthcare providers are often not aware of the importance of working with parent organizations and how we can assist in strengthening parental relationships; 2. Families do not have access to support which does not require qualifying circumstances and provides a central location to access information and resources navigating medical systems. 3. Families do not have quality, consistent, and regional parent-to-parent support; 4. Family voices are not always given expert consideration during decision making and/or policy development and therefore may not be treated as equal partners; 5. Families do not have means and expertise to acquire adequate healthcare coverage; 6. Families/youth need more support navigating transition from children to adult systems; and 7. Families are challenged to become educated on the changing systems of medical care.

Project Title: EMSC Partnership Grants

Grant Number: H33MC31622
Project Start Date: April 01, 2018
Project End Date: March 31, 2022
Organization: PUBLIC SAFETY, MAINE DEPARTMENT OF
Address: 104 STATE HOUSE STATION AUGUSTA ME 04333
Project Director: Shaun A St. Germain
Phone Number: (207) 626-3865
Email: shaun.a.stgermain@maine.gov

Project Description

Patients 18 years and younger present unique challenges in their specific medical and traumatic care during emergencies. The Maine EMS-C program aims to improve overall pre-hospital care, community based stabilization and regional pediatric center management. By uniting EMS providers, nurses, allied health providers, physicians and community members, Maine pediatric patients will experience improved comprehensive patient care, based on evidence based practices, resource utilization, transport considerations and family participation. Although Maine EMS providers are guided by statewide protocols, the EMS-C program creates a forum and platform to address and improve the concerns of pediatric equipment, data analysis, inter-facility transport and emergency education. Prior to Maine EMS-C, the arena of pediatric education and care was lacking unity, planning and foresight, and this program allows for positive change.

Project Title: Pediatric Mental Health Care Access Program

Grant Number: U4CMC32912
Project Start Date: July 01, 2019
Project End Date: June 30, 2023
Organization: HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, MAINE DEPARTMENT OF
Address: 221 STATE STREET #11 SHS AUGUSTA ME 04333
Project Director: Maryann Harakall
Phone Number: (207) 557-2470
Email: maryann.harakall@maine.gov

Project Description

Maine ranked 21st for overall health of women and children in 2016 according to America’s Health Rankings. The National Survey of Children’s Health National Outcome Measure for the MCH Block Grant, 47.8% of children, ages 3 through 17, with a mental/behavioral condition needed treatment, but did not receive it. In addition, the state-level prevalence of at least one mental health disorder for Maine was 27.2% according to a recent letter published by JAMA Pediatrics. Maine’s children are not receiving the mental health services they need.

Project Title: Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disorders Training Program

Grant Number: T73MC30118
Project Start Date: July 01, 2016
Project End Date: June 30, 2021
Organization: UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND
Address: 11 Hills Beach Road, Biddeford ME 04005
Project Director: Eileen Ricci
Phone Number: (207) 221-4588
Email: ericci@une.edu

Project Description

This LEND program is the state’s first comprehensive, Maine-led LEND initiative. Our goal is to train healthcare providers, parents, educators and others to improve the health of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other neurodevelopmental disabilities (ND) and support their families.

Project Title: MCHB State Systems Development Initiative

Grant Number: H18MC00022
Project Start Date: October 01, 1993
Project End Date: November 30, 2022
Organization: MAINE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES
Address: Water St., Key Plaza 7th Floor Augusta ME 04333
Project Director: Maryann Harakall
Phone Number: (207) 557-2470
Email: maryann.harakall@maine.gov

Project Description

This Tier 2 SSDI proposal will increase Maine’s Title V program’s capacity for data-driven decision-making in support of Maine’s Title V program and the activities of Maine’s Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Block Grant. Maine’s Title V program is part of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (Maine CDC) Division of Disease Prevention. As a recipient of the Title V MCH funds, Maine’s Title V program is responsible for “improving the health, safety and well-being of the MCH population.” This charge requires the Maine Title V Programs and its partners- including families and communities- to have access to data that are timely and accurate to monitor the health of the MCH population.

Project Title: Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Grant Program

Grant Number: X10MC33584
Project Start Date: September 30, 2019
Project End Date: September 29, 2021
Organization: HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, MAINE DEPARTMENT OF
Address: 221 State Street # 11 Shs Augusta ME 04333
Project Director: Maryann Harakall
Phone Number: (207) 557-2470
Email: maryann.harakall@maine.gov

Project Description

The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program supports the delivery of coordinated and comprehensive high-quality and voluntary early childhood home visiting services to eligible families living in at-risk communities. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), which administers this program in partnership with the Administration for Children and Families, funds states, territories, and tribal entities to develop and implement evidence-based programs that best meet the needs of their communities.

Date Last Reviewed:  November 2020