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The DOL is responsible for helping people with employment and workforce issues. The DOL maintains Career Centers throughout the state and provides unemployment compensation insurance.

The Maine Department of Labor (DOL) provides services to people with disabilities who are determined to be eligible through the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS).  BRS is responsible for helping people with disabilities achieve independent living and employment.  BRS also helps employers learn how to accommodate employees and customers with disabilities.  BRS' mission is to bring about full access to employment, independence and community integration for people with disabilities.

The people served are:

  • Adults with disabilities who are seeking employment
  • Transition age teens training or seeking employment
  • Children and adults who are blind or have visual impairments
  • Children and adults who are deaf or hard of hearing


BRS divisions, programs and services include:

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Program (VR)

Division of Deafness (DOD)

Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Program

The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, also known as "VR" or "Voc Rehab," assists people who have disabilities to get and keep jobs. VR helps people who have physical, mental, or emotional disabilities. The division has two programs, the General Vocational Rehabilitation Program and the Independent Living Services program.

General Vocational Rehabilitation Program
This program is accessed through regional CareerCenters and services may include:

  • assessment to determine vocational rehabilitation needs
  • assistive technology
  • counseling and guidance
  • further education and training
  • home modification
  • job search and coaching
  • placement assistance
  • physical and mental rehabilitation
  • referral to other social services
  • supported employment

Independent Living Services Program
The Independent Living Services (ILS) Program assists people who have significant disabilities to live more independently in their homes and communities.  The program provides and arranges needed IL services subject to the availability of funds.  The program is also an advocacy program for people with disabilities and their families.  Alpha One Independent Living Center is the access point for this program.  Services may include:

  • Purchase of goods and services to achieve independent living (within a $5,000 lifetime budget)
  • Information and referral
  • Individual independent living skills training
  • Peer counseling

Division of Deafness (DoD)

This division provides a variety of services for deaf citizens of Maine including information and referral, advocacy, statewide registry, and promotion of accessibility.

Telecommunications Devices Program (TTY)
This program assists individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing to obtain telecommunications devices, as well as other services designed to assist the deaf community in Maine.

Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired (DVBI)

This division provides services to persons with severe visual impairments.  Services include vocational rehabilitation services, independent living services, education services for children, library services, and financial services.

The Blind Vocational Rehabilitation Program
This program is accessed through regional CareerCenters and services may include: 

  • assessment to determine vocational rehabilitation needs
  • assistive technology
  • counseling and guidance
  • further education and training
  • home modification
  • job search and coaching
  • placement assistance
  • physical and mental rehabilitation
  • referral to other social services
  • supported employment

Independent Living Rehabilitation (ILR) Program for Older Blind Adults
This program helps eligible blind persons overcome substantial barriers to functioning independently in the home or community.

Education Services for Blind and Visually Impaired Children
These services are funded through DBVI, but provided statewide by Catholic Charities of Maine. Services are available for children, age birth through 21, who are visually impaired.  Services may include:

  • activities of daily living instruction
  • Braille transcribing
  • instruction in use of special equipment
  • low vision training
  • teaching Braille

Independent Living Rehabilitation (ILR) Program for Older Blind Adults
The program helps eligible persons who are blind overcome substantial barriers to functioning independently in family or community.  This program is accessed through the regional Career Centers, The Iris Network, and Alpha One.  Services may include:

  • Advocacy necessary to help individuals secure service from other agencies
  • Braille Instruction
  • Counseling and guidance
  • Low vision services
  • Orientation and mobility services
  • Rehabilitation teaching services
  • Technological aids and assistive device training

Other Vocational Rehabilitation Resources 

Client Assistance Program of C.A.R.E.S. is a program that provides information, assistance and advocacy to people with disabilities who are applying for or receiving services under programs such as Vocational Rehabilitation.
C.A.R.E.S. website:  http://www.caresinc.org/index.htm

Contact Information 

DOL website: http://www.maine.gov/labor/

Phone: (207) 624-6400 

DVR website: http://www.maine.gov/rehab/dvr/dvr_vr.htm 

DBVI website: http://www.maine.gov/rehab/dbvi/dbvi_pgms.htm#BVRDescr 

DOD website: http://www.maine.gov/rehab/dod/index.htm
 

BRS Central Office Mailing Address:
150 State House Station
Augusta, ME  04333-0150
Website: http://www.maine.gov/rehab/
Phone: (207) 624-5950 or (800) 698-4440
Toll-free TTY: (888) 755-0023
Fax:  (207) 624-5980

BRS Regional Offices

(KEY:  DVR=Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, DBVI = Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired)

  • Augusta
    DBVI & DVR
    2 Anthony Avenue
    Augusta, ME  04333-0073
    Phone:  (207) 624-5120 or (800) 760-1573
    TTY:  (800) 633-0770

  • Bangor
    DBVI & DVR
    45 Oak Street, Suite 1
    Bangor, ME  04401-6514
    Phone:  (207) 561-4000 or (888) 545-8811
    TTY: (800) 498-6711

  • Ellsworth
    DBVI only
    248 State Street, Suite 3A
    Bangor, ME  04605-1850
    Phone: (207) 664-2300 or (800) 371-7543
    TTY:  (207) 667-1576

  • Houlton
    DVR only
    91 Military Street
    Houlton, ME  04730
    Phone: (207) 532-5300 or (800) 691-0033
    TTY: (207) 532-5301

  • Lewiston
    DBVI & DVR
    5 Mollison Way
    Lewiston, ME  04240
    Phone: (207) 753-9000 or (800) 741-2991
    TTY: (877) 796-9833

  • Machias
    DVR only
    15 Prescott Drive, Suite 2
    Machias, ME  04654
    Phone: (207) 255-1926 or (800) 770-7774
    TTY: (207) 255-1925

  • Portland
    DBVI & DVR
    185 Lancaster Street
    Portland, ME  04101
    Phone: (207) 822-0400 or (800) 315-1192
    TTY:  (888) 817-7113

  • Presque Isle
    DBVI & DVR
    66 Spruce Street, Suite 3
    Presque Isle, ME  04769
    Phone: (207) 760-6300 or (800) 635-0357 
    TTY:  (207) 760-6312

  • Rockland
    DBVI & DVR
    279 Main Street, Suite 1
    Rockland, ME  04841-9914
    Phone/TTY:  (207) 594-1834 or (800) 432-1680

  • Saco
    DVR only
    110 Main Street, Suite 1106
    Saco, ME  04072
    Phone:  (207) 286-2600 or (800) 521-5871
    TTY: (800) 492-0670

  • Skowhegan
    DVR only
    140 North Avenue
    P.O. Box 749
    Skowhegan, ME  04976
    Phone: (207) 474-4958 or (800) 760-1572
    TTY:  (207) 474-4907

Alpha One
127 Main Street
South Portland, ME 04106
Phone: (800) 640-7200
TTY:  (866) 906-5375
 

Catholic Charities Maine
P.O. Box 10660
Portland, ME 04104-6060
Website: http://www.ccmaine.org/info.php?info_id=1
Phone: (207) 781-8550
Toll-free: (800) 781-8550 (Maine only)

 

The Iris Network
189 Park Avenue
Portland, ME  04102
Website: http://www.theiris.org/
Phone: (800) 715-0097

 

Education Services for Children who are Blind and Visually Impaired

(4 locations)

  • 1066 Kenduskeag Avenue
    Bangor, ME  04401
    Phone: (207) 941-2855 

  • 15 Westminster Street
    Lewiston, ME  04240
    Phone: (207) 784-0157

  • 66 Western Avenue
    P.O. Box 378
    Fairfield, ME  04937          

  • 562 Congress Street
    Portland, ME  04101
    Phone: (207) 871-7440

CareerCenters

Website:  http://www.mainecareercenter.com/

General Phone Number:  (888) 457-8883

  • Regional CareerCenters 

    • CareerCenter at Augusta
      2 Anthony Avenue
      109 State House Station
      Augusta, ME 04333-0109
      Phone: (800) 760-1573
      TTY: (800) 633-0770

    • CareerCenter at Bangor
      45 Oak Street, Suite 3
      Bangor, ME 04401-7902
      Phone: (888) 828-0568
      TTY: (207) 561-4070

    • CareerCenter at Bath
      34 Wing Farm Parkway
      Bath, ME 04530-1515
      Phone: (888) 836-3355
      TTY: (207) 443-7449

    • CareerCenter at Belfast 
      9 Field Street, Suite 309
      Belfast, ME 04915-6663
      Phone: (877) 421-7917
      TTY: (207) 338-4399

    • CareerCenter at Calais
      P.O. Box 415
      13 Beech Street
      Calais, ME 04619-0415
      Phone: (800) 543-0303
      TTY: (207) 454-7230

    • CareerCenter at Dover-Foxcroft
      1073 W. Main Street, Suite 4
      Dover-Foxcroft, ME 04426-0360
      Phone: (800) 350-4165
      TTY: (207) 564-6990

    • CareerCenter at Ellsworth 
      Mill Mall
      248 State Street, Suite 3A
      Ellsworth, ME  04605-1850
      Phone: (800) 371-7543
      TTY: (207) 667-1576

    • CareerCenter at Fort Kent
      342 West Main Street
      Fort Kent, ME 04743
      Phone: (207) 834-5135 

    • CareerCenter at Houlton
      91 Military Street
      Houlton, ME 04730-2421
      Phone: (800) 691-0033
      TTY: (207) 532-5301 

    • CareerCenter at Lewiston
      5 Mollison Way
      Lewiston, ME 04240-5805
      Phone: (800) 741-2991
      TTY:  (207) 753-9067

    • CareerCenter at Machias
      15 Prescott Drive, Suite 1
      Machias, ME 04654-9752
      Phone: (800) 292-8929
      TTY:  (207) 255-1908

    • CareerCenter at Madawaska
      (Aroostook County Action Program)
      88 Fox Street, Suite 103
      Madawaska, ME  04756-1352
      Phone: (800) 432-7881

    • CareerCenter at Millinocket
      One Industrial Drive, Suite 2
      East Millinocket, Maine 04430
      Phone:  (800) 777-8173

    • CareerCenter at Newcastle
      (Coastal Economic Development)
      Academy Hill
      P.O. Box 668
      Newcastle, ME 04553-0668
      Phone: (207) 563-8697

    • CareerCenter at Norway
      (Western Maine Community
      Action-Job Training)
      274 Main Street
      Norway, ME 04268-5923
      Phone:  (207) 743-7763

    • CareerCenter at Portland
      185 Lancaster Street
      Portland, ME 04101-2453
      Phone: (877) 594-5627
      TTY: (207) 822-0412 

    • CareerCenter at Presque Isle
      66 Spruce Street, Suite 1
      Presque Isle, ME 04769-3222
      Phone: (800) 635-0357
      TTY:  (207) 760-6312

    • CareerCenter at Rockland
      116 Tillson Avenue
      Rockland, ME 04841-3424
      Phone: (877) 421-7916
      TTY: (207) 596-6251

    • CareerCenter at Rumford
      35 Congress Street
      Rumford, ME 04276-2096
      Phone:  (877) 421-7915
      TTY: (207) 369-9781

    • CareerCenter at Sanford
      763 Main Street
      Sanford, ME 04073-3505
      Phone:  (800) 343-0151
      TTY:  (207) 490-1103 

    • CareerCenter at Saco
      110 Main Street, Suite 1400
      Saco, ME 04072-3504
      Phone: (800) 760-1570
      TTY: (207) 286-2680

    • CareerCenter at Skowhegan
      98 North Avenue
      Skowhegan, ME 04976-0749
      Phone:  (800) 760-1572
      TTY: (207) 474-4902

    • CareerCenter at Waterville
      100 JFK Plaza
      Waterville, ME 04901-5015
      Phone: (207) 872-5516
      TTY: (207) 873-1935

    • CareerCenter at Wilton
      865 US Route 2E
      Wilton, ME 04294-6649
      Phone:  (800) 982-4311
      TTY:  (207) 645-5806

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