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Maine Support for Culture Change

Survey Agency

Key members of Maine's state survey agency (DHHS) are active members of Maine's LANE, the state's Culture Change Coalition. The DHHS staff regularly attend meetings and have provided opportunities for coalition representatives to train surveyors on the topics of Culture Change and Green Houses in 2008-2009. These same DHHS staff coordinated Best Practice statewide educational sessions for providers on culture change and resident-centered care. As a result of this work, there have been discussions with DHHS about updating Maine NF/SNF Licensing regulations to be more consistent with culture change initiatives.