Welcome to the Partnership


We are a broad partnership led by the Maine Council on Aging, the Maine Center for Economic Policy and PHI, working to increase access to quality direct care and support in Maine by changing the way we value workers and the work they do. We are working to create a resilient and empowered direct care and support workforce equipped to provide care and support services to older adults, those with behavioral health needs, and people with physical and/or intellectual disabilities wherever services are needed. Our work is partially funded by a generous grant from the Maine Health Access Foundation.


Every person who needs care and support services in Maine should be able to receive consistent and predictable care and support from an empowered and valued worker who is trained to deliver quality services, regardless of the setting in which services are delivered.  A well-trained and appropriately compensated direct care and support workforce is essential to the health and well-being of Maine’s people and economy.


We engage in advocacy, research and coalition building to increase the number and kinds of people who are advocating for sufficient investments in Maine’s “care economy” – both the workforce and the care infrastructure, collaborating on innovative solutions and initiatives to grow and more efficiently deploy a quality workforce, and promoting care as a valuable and honorable profession.

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Join us for The Future of Maine’s Care Workforce Planning Summit

A Brighter Future for Everyone

June 18 | 9:00am – 4:00pm

Harraseeket Inn, Freeport

Tickets $35 | Registration Required

Please join Maine’s Essential Care & Support Workforce Partnership as we gather for the Future of Maine’s Care Workforce Planning Summit! This event is focused on generating the action steps needed to grow this workforce to meet Maine’s current and future demands. 

Maine’s lack of care and support professionals is impacting us all – employees are leaving the workforce unnecessarily to provide care and support to loved ones, hospital beds are being filled unnecessarily by people who cannot get care at home or in a residential setting, and the problem is costing us over a billion dollars in lost economic activity and productivity.

Because we’re all impacted, we all have a role to play in solving the problem. We must identify innovative solutions for growing this workforce, strengthening the care and support infrastructure and changing the way we deliver services. This isn’t just the state’s problem to solve.  

Whether you are a business, healthcare or economic development leader, a legislator, town manager or community planner, HR director, researcher or community leader, we need you to attend and bring your perspective, questions, experience, and big ideas as we come together to identify and prioritize actions we can take to grow this workforce to ensure all people who need care and support can find the care and support they need.

The Planning Summit will begin with level-setting presentations by:

We will then get some innovative ideas from leaders across sectors, and finally transition to facilitated planning sessions to explore possibilities both within sectors and outside of them. 

Your good ideas will be pulled into an action plan and we’ll invite you to help us operationalize that plan over the next year. This Summit is about building a brighter future for everyone in Maine. We hope you will join us!

Sign Up to Join the Partnership Today!

Maine’s Essential Care and Support Workforce Partnership represents a broad and robust coalition of advocates working to increase access to quality direct care workers for older people, people with intellectual and/or physical disabilities, and those with behavioral health challenges.

The Partnership Launches Its First Report!

Authored by the Maine Center for Economic Policy, the report, titled, The High Cost of Undervaluing Direct Care Work, highlights the current challenges Mainers face when seeking care in addition to the significant economic repercussions secondary to a historical lack of investment in our care infrastructure. Click here to read!

Meet Our Leadership Team

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Maine Center for Economic Policy

The Maine Center for Economic Policy advances equity and prosperity for all Maine people through issue-based analysis, education, and advocacy.

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Maine Council on Aging

The MCOA is a broad, multidisciplinary network of over 135 organizations, businesses, municipalities, and older community members working to ensure we can all live healthy, engaged, and secure lives with choices and opportunities as we age at home and in community settings.

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PHI is a national organization committed to strengthening the direct care workforce by producing robust research and analysis, leading federal and state advocacy initiatives, and designing ground-breaking workforce interventions and models. For more than 30 years, we have brought a 360-degree perspective on the long-term care sector to our evidence-informed strategies.

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Davey Strategies

Davey Strategies helps experts and advocates communicate in ways that improve public understanding of difficult social problems and build support for policy and systems change.