LEWISTON – A day-long event for personal assistants, direct caregivers and direct support professionals will be hosted by Maine Personal Assistance Services Association on Friday, Nov. 14, at Lewiston-Auburn College, Westminster Street.

The conference theme is “Building Our Capacity: Valuing Our Work.”

It marks the second event since the association was launched in 2002 to recognize the thousands of people in Maine who are employed in jobs to assist people with disabilities of all ages and elders in their homes, residential and care settings.

“Direct care work, including personal care and home health aide, is the seventh fastest growing occupation in the nation, and Maine, like many other states, has a shortage of workers,” said Elise Scala, project coordinator.

The association is part of the Real Choices Grant awarded to Maine by the federal Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services to support the improvement of home and community-based resources and services for persons with disabilities.

The grant partners are the Maine Bureau of Medical Services, Maine’s Plan Development Work Group for Community Based Living and the University of Southern Maine’s Muskie School of Public Service.

To register, contact USM Conferences at 780-5951. For Maine PASA program information, call toll free 1-800-268-6612, (TTY 207-228-8440) or e-mail [email protected]

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