COVID-19 Resources for People with Disabilities
Posted on March 16, 2020
Dear Clients, Friends and Allies;
Disability Rights Maine (DRM) wants you to know that during this difficult time our staff remains committed to our clients and protecting the rights of individuals with disabilities throughout Maine. We are aware that our clients may be at greater risk in times of crisis and may need access to advocates and lawyers.
First and foremost, DRM's offices and phone lines are open. Many of our staff are working remotely in order to limit contact with one another but our administrative staff continue to answer phones and can direct you to the person you are calling for, or can set you up with an intake appointment if you need assistance and don't currently have an advocate. We are temporarily suspending walk-in and in person intake appointments.
If you are currently working with one of our advocates or attorneys, they are available via telephone or email. If you have questions about their attendance at specific meetings, or any other questions, call DRM. If you need assistance from DRM, please contact our office by calling 800.452.1948 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information about COVID-19 is rapidly evolving, as is how our local, state and national leaders respond. DRM will continue to assess the situation and make changes as necessary, so we encourage you to keep checking our website and Facebook pages, where we will post updates and resources as they become available.
Thank you for your patience and understanding during this uncertain time. Stay safe.
Other Agency Resources
- Plain Language Information on COVID-19 (PDF) - SARTAC is the Self Advocacy Resource and Technical Assistance Center https://selfadvocacyinfo.org/ This booklet was created by Green Mountain Self-Advocates, a SARTAC partner.
- COVID-19 in the Workplace (Equip for Equality). The first part is specifically geared toward Illinois employees, but this resource also includes information about federal laws.
Office of the Governor
- coronavirus.maine.gov/mainehelps - a new online resource that outlines ways in which Maine people can support efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
Maine Department of Education
- Parent and caretaker guide for helping families cope with COVID-19 (PDF)
- Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus) A Parent Resource (PDF) - National Assoc of School Psychologists and NASN
- Resources for Anxiety about Coronavirus - Shine, in partnership with Mental Health America
Maine Department of Health & Human Services
Children's Behavioral Health Services:
- Dr. Landry's correspondence to Residential, Crisis, & Homeless Youth Providers (PDF)
- NAMI Maine’s Expanding Supportive Services for Special Needs Children (PDF)
- GEAR Parent Network Offering Support for Families (PDF)
Office of MaineCare Services:
- Questions about COVID-19 and MaineCare? Email COVID19MaineCare@maine.gov
- MaineCare's COVID-19 Information Page
- Transportation and COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Questions and Answers (PDF)
Office of Aging & Disability Services:
Office of Behavioral Health:
Administration for Community Living - ACL.gov:
US Centers for Disease Control:
US Department of Education:
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services:
Social Security Administration:
- All local Social Security offices will be closed to the public for in-person service starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020.
- What workloads is SSA not doing during the COVID-19 pandemic?
- We will not start or complete any current medical continuing disability reviews. If you have a medical continuing disability review pending, please do not request medical information from your doctors at this time. We will follow up with you for any medical evidence once the COVID-19 public health emergency subsides.
- Where possible, we are suspending our processing and collection of overpayments.
- We are not conducting organization or individual representative payee accountings.
- We will not be able to process a third party requests for information, except from appointed representatives and representative payees.
- We will not process any Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.
- Statement from Social Security Commissioner Andrew Saul about COVID-19 Economic Impact Payments for Beneficiaries