Self Determination, Health & Policy Overview

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Syntiro is home to the Center for Self Determination, Health & Policy.

Initiatives in the Self Determination, Health & Policy Division

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Protege Application
Protege's Supervisor Application

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Mentor Application
Mentor Supervisor Form



June 11, 2014

Maine ASPE and State Department of Labor Hosts Conference Featuring National Experts

The event focused on employment and career advancement for people with disabilities

The Maine Department of Labor’s Bureau of Rehabilitation Services collaborated with Maine APSE and the New England Technical Assistance Center (NETACE) on its biannual conference. This year’s theme was “Celebrating Partnerships.” APSE is the state chapter of a national organization with an exclusive focus on integrated employment and career advancement opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

The conference was held at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, on June 11, 2014.

Commissioner of Labor Jeanne Paquette and Gail Fanjoy, president of Maine APSE, welcomed participants to the conference. The opening plenary session, “The Future of Vocational Rehabilitation,” was presented by Janet LaBreck, commissioner of the Rehabilitation Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Education. Although Commissioner LaBreck lost her vision by the age of ten, she has never let her disability get in the way of her dreams. She is a strong proponent of collaboration among partner agencies so that people with disabilities have the supports they need to allow them to live and work within their communities.

The featured keynote address, “Prison to Paycheck: Community Release, Employment Re-Entry and Impacted Recidivism for Offenders with Disabilities,” was made by Gordon Swensen and Randall Loss. Swensen is the director of statewide strategic alliances for the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation in Salt Lake City. Loss is an offender workforce development specialist and offender employment retention specialist with 20 years in employment services and is currently a vocational rehabilitation specialist with the Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation. He is the agency liaison with Pennsylvania’s Department of Corrections, Board of Probation and Parole, and Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs. 

September 26, 2012

Employment for ME's Workforce Development System held a Maine Mentor Program Orientation Wednesday, September 26, 2012 in Augusta, Maine. We are thrilled to have a highly qualified group of experienced employment specialists this year who will be providing mentoring to our new employment specialists (proteges).  Lee Hockridge and Jeff Hooke, both from KFI, will be providing support to the mentors. 

Welcome all and here's to a successful and rewarding year of learning! 





NEW Maine Snaphot 2012: Maine Workers with Disabilities

 "Fireside Chat" Information Sessions by the CRP Project

“Coming together with Rehabilitation Providers” (CRP) Project is having “Fireside Chat” information sessions on October 5th and October 24th  from 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m.  for VRC’s and CRP’s to learn more about the work of the Project and offer feedback. 

The CRP Project is to maximize the skills and expertise of all counseling staff and increase the number of successful employment closures by investigating and implementing changes in Community Rehabilitation Provider (CRP) services.  During the information sessions CRP Project leadership and members will provide an overview of the Project, offer updates from each workgroup, and will be available to answer questions and accept feedback.

 Session # 1 – October 5 – Live from Central Maine Commerce Center – Augusta (Polycom available at Portland, Springvale, and Lewiston CareerCenters)  Please click on this link to register:

 Session # 2 – October 24 – Live from Bangor CareerCenter (Polycom available at Machias and Presque Isle CareerCenters)  Please click on this link to register:

NOTE: If you are unable to attend but would like to share your thoughts or concerns about the Project, please do so by clicking on either survey link and entering your feedback. For planning purposes, please RSVP for the October 5th session by September 25th and for the October 24th session by October 10th. 

If you are interested in gaining more information about the Project, please review the information on our website at:

Employment for ME Workforce Development System is pleased to announce a new FREE monthly series
for Maine CRPs and Work Support providers and Continuing Education Hour Credits will be awarded!

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services, the Maine Department of Labor and Syntiro are excited about hosting monthly webinars for community rehabilitation leaders across the state.  Each hour long session will provide ample time for discussion and questions.

Issues to be covered in this new monthly series include:

  • All You Want and Need to Know About Maine’s Workforce Development System
  • Strengthening Maine’s employment support services
  • Lessons from Maine’s Medicaid Infrastructure Grant
  • Maine’s Business Leadership Network
  • Employment First Maine
  • Performance based contracting
  • Training for rep payees

Upcoming Trainings

ACRE Training - Innovative Employment Strategies:  A Comprehensive Training Series

Training Dates for 2012 Maine Series: October 9,10, 11 (1/2 day on the 11th) October 23 & 24 November 7 & 8 Times: All days run from 9AM–4PM (seated by 9:00) with the exception of the half day on October 11, which runs from 9-noon.

Location: John Dority Training Center, 10 Mountain Ave., Fairfield, Maine

Check the WDS Calendar for more details.

to the 28 Graduates of our ACRE training
conducted by Griffin-Hammis in February 2012.


November 7, 2011

Employment for ME's Workforce Development System held a Maine Mentor Program Orientation Monday, November 7th, 2011 in Augusta, Maine.


November 2011 - Employing abilities | Procter & Gamble opens its doors to a new kind of worker
By REBECCA GOLDFINE, Mainebiz staff reporter

Daniel Twitchell is a 21-year-old recent high school graduate who can’t vocalize more than 50 or so words. To express his needs, he uses signs, word boards and a tablet programmed with simple phrases and words. Despite this limitation, he landed a job at Procter & Gamble’s Tambrands factory in Auburn this summer, and since then, has become the face of P&G’s inclusive hiring initiative. When the company on Aug. 2 unveiled a new manufacturing station where Twitchell and other employees with disabilities work, it was Twitchell who cut the ribbon. >>Read more


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