Our Programs & Initiatives
"Now I spend time with my family and it's such a joy. I am making up for lost time because I was never allowed to see them before. Sometimes I want to pinch myself because life is this good."
Through our Martha's Cottage Program, we provide no-cost transitional housing for those who require safe, confidential support to escape abuse. While residing in our cottages, our staff work closely with survivors to link them to services and help them move toward long-term tenancy in permanent, safe housing.
In October 2018, The State of Maine Adult Protective Services was awarded a three year intervention research grant from Administration for Community Living (ACL) to work in partnership Dr. David Burns from the University of Toronto, national MacArthur Fellow and Elder Justice Expert, MT Connolly, the Elder Abuse Institute of Maine and a team of national researchers to launch a comprehensive service delivery model that provided client-directed victim services to Maine Adult Protective Services clients in Maine's Cumberland and York Counties.
This project developed model intervention, called RISE, to assist with individuals experiencing elder mistreatment and addressed gaps in services for older victims. It represents one of the largest pieces of APS intervention research to date. With funding from Maine Adult Protective Services in July of 2021, we were able to continue and expand this model across all counties in Maine starting in July, 2021.
To read more about the original research project, follow this link.
Funded through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Interdisciplinary Leadership Program.
A Helping Voice is confidential phone service that provides support to people who have concerns about an older person being mistreated, exploited or neglected and are uncertain about whether they should report this to Adult Protective Services.
What does it mean to be your partner in the mandated reporting of elder abuse and mistreatment in Maine? It means that we are here to help you figure out whether what you are worried about is abuse, to offer guidance on whether you are a mandated reporter, to tell you how to call APS and to support you in making that call, if it’s necessary. Click here for more information.
To learn more about this project, read this interactive flip book.
We provide multi-disciplinary elder abuse awareness and response workshops, conference presentations, exhibits, and community talks throughout the State of Maine and for a variety of groups and programs.
Email Emily Berrill, Outreach & Professional Development Specialist, for more information.