Maine Dementia Care Partnership

The Maine Dementia Care Partnership is a workgroup of providers, consumers, advocates, educators, regulators, and experts from across the state dedicated to assisting long term care facilities in reducing the off label use of antipsychotic (A/P) medications. MHCA members achieved great success in this effort when the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) launched the initiative in 2011. Over time, Maine’s A/P rates plateaued and COVID-19 further hindered progress, as providers rose to the unprecedented challenge of caring for residents during a worldwide pandemic.
With a federal grant and the publication of its latest toolkit, Is it for me, or for you? Dementia Care Change Package, the Partnership is reinvigorating its efforts to support up to 40 nursing homes seeking to reduce their A/P utilization rates. For more information about the scope of work and benefits to residents and staff, please see the Maine Dementia Care Partnership Change Package FAQs below.
The Partnership encourages homes to engage in this effort and stands ready to support providers every step of the way. Together, we can affect positive changes while empowering staff to provide quality, person-centered dementia care.

MDCP Toolkit
MDCP PowerPoint presentation handouts
YouTube videos 
MDCP Change Package FAQs

Mission Statement

The mission of the Maine Dementia Care Partnership is to convene an expert group of stakeholders to provide education, resources, and support systems to assist Maine’s nursing homes to enhance person-centered dementia care practices and non-pharmacological approaches to care. 


Staff Contact: 
Angela Westhoff

Staff Contact:
Maureen Carland
Director of Quality Improvement &
Regulatory Affairs