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BEAS coordinates the state's long-term care resources and services for older adults and adults with disabilities. Through its programs it promotes independence and advocacy for older adults and adults with disabilities.

The people served are:

  • any person age 60 years of age and older
  • adults with disabilities

BEAS programs and services include:

Adult Protective Services

BEAS is responsible for adults age 18 and older, who are at risk for being abused, neglected or exploited.  It also includes conservatorship and guardianship programs.  Consumers access these services through the DHHS regional office in your area.

Assisted Living Program

This program licenses and inspects assisted living programs including residential care facilities.  Consumers access this program by contacting the OES central office in Augusta.

Community Services

BEAS administers federal funds from the Older Americans Act.  The funds are allocated to Maine's five Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) to provide services such as meals, information and referral, outreach, benefits and health insurance counseling, congregate housing, assisted living, and respite services.  Consumers access these services directly from the AAAs.

  • Aroostook Area Agency on Aging (Aroostook County)
    Phone: (800) 439-1789 or (207) 764-3396
  • Eastern Agency on Aging (Penobscot, Piscataquis, Washington and Hancock Counties)
    Phone:  (800) 432-7812 or (207) 941-2865
  • SeniorSpectrum (Kennebec, Somerset, Knox, Lincoln, Waldo, and Sagadahoc Counties)
    Phone:  (800) 639-1553 or (207) 622-9212
  • Southern Maine Area Agency on Aging (Cumberland and York Counties)
    Phone:  (800) 427-7411 or (207) 775-6503
  • SeniorsPlus (Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford Counties)
    Phone:  (800) 427-1241 or (207) 795-4010

Disability Determination Services

This office makes the "medical determination" about whether a consumer is disabled and, therefore, medically eligible for Social Security benefits. Legally, an individual is considered disabled if he or she is unable to do any substantial gainful work activity because of a medical condition (or conditions), that has lasted, or can be expected to last for at least 12 months, or that is expected to result in death. An individual may also be considered disabled if he or she is under the age of 18, if he or she suffers from any medically determinable physical or mental impairment of comparable severity.  After the medical determination is made, the "financial determination" is then made by one of the nine Social Security Administration offices in Maine. Consumers can appeal the decision at the Office of Hearings and Appeals in Augusta.

The Disability Determination Office contact information is:

The Social Security Administration website: http://www.ssa.gov/disability.html

Social Security Administration Offices in Maine:

  • Social Security Administration
    P.O. Box 740
    1 Great Falls Plaza
    Auburn, ME 04212-0740
  • Social Security Administration
    Federal Building
    40 Western Avenue, Room G-26
    Augusta, ME 04330 
  • Social Security Administration
    Federal Building
    202 Harlow Street, Room 208
    Bangor, ME 04401
  • Social Security Administration
    537 Congress Street, Room 408
    Portland, ME 04101-3353
  • Social Security Administration
    365 Main Street
    Presque Isle, ME 04769
  • Social Security Administration
    231A Park Street
    Rockland, ME 04841
  • Social Security Administration
    3 Canal Street
    Rumford, ME 04276
  • Social Security Administration
    110 Main Street, Suite 1450
    Saco, ME 04072
  • Social Security Administration
    46 Front Street
    Waterville, ME 04901

The Social Security Hearings and Appeals contact information is:

  • Office of Hearings and Appeals
    One Portland Square, Suite 600
    Portland, ME 04101-4092

Home and Community-Based Care

This covers many programs that provide home health and other support services to elders and adults with disabilities. 

The support services are provided through contracts with community agencies and include:

  • assessment
  • care planning
  • care coordination
  • in-home services (homemaker, personal care, nursing services)

Consumers access these services by contacting Goold Health Systems; they will arrange for an assessment in your home. 

Medicare Support Services

BEAS also supports consumers who receive Medicare benefits: 

  • Maine State Health Insurance Assistance Program
    The Maine State Health Insurance Assistance Program is often referred to as the SHIP program.  It assists Medicare beneficiaries by providing free information, counseling, and assistance in community sites, offices, or in consumers homes. Some of the assistance includes information and referral about:
    • Food stamps
    • The tax and rent rebate program
    • Home energy assistance
    • Legal advice about health benefits
    • Long-term care insurance
    • Medicare supplemental policies
    • Individual health plans
    • Managed care  

Consumers access these services through the Area Agencies on Aging or, for legal issues, through the Legal Services for the Elderly.

Contact Information

  • OES Central Office Mailing Address:
    442 Civic Center Drive
    11 State House Station
    Augusta, ME 04333-0011
    Website: http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/oes/
    Phone:  (800) 262-2232
    TTY:  (207) 287-9234
    Toll-free TTY:  (888) 720-1925
    Fax: (207) 287-9229

  • Goold Health Systems (GHS)
    Phone:   (800) 609-7893

  • Legal Services for the Elderly
    Website:  http://www.mainelse.org/
    Phone:   (207) 623-1797 or (800) 750-5353

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