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Shared Living

Shared Living at OHI pairs adults with intellectual disabilities in homes with independent contractors who provide support services in a family-style setting. People and providers are paired based on a sense of shared values and interests to create an integrated and mutual living experience. This program follows recommendations made in a Person Centered Plan and aims to provide an environment that supports individualized and positive life choices.

Independent contractors

Independent contractors are responsible for providing and documenting services including, but not limited to, the following: Daily living skills such hygiene, cooking, health maintenance, medication administration, guidance in maintaining a safe and healthy living space, assistance with financial management, and an emphasis on each individual’s social; and community integration skills, such as employment, education, public transportation and volunteerism.


For people interested in becoming OHI Independent Contractors they must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Have a high school diploma (or GED)
  • Have home owner’s or renter’s insurance, and auto insurance
  • Have a valid driver’s license
  • Pass mandatory background checks
  • Obtain necessary trainings and/or certifications
  • Have access to a computer and Internet

Service areas

OHI is approved by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services to provide Shared Living Home Support Services for adults with intellectual disabilities in six Maine counties -- Penobscot, Piscataquis, Somerset, Hancock, Washington and Waldo.


Contractors are not considered employees of OHI and are paid an annual stipend which includes funding for respite (time off). Contractors are subject to scheduled and unscheduled home visits by OHI, responsible for documenting all provided services as directed, participating and following the Person Centered Plan and working with OHI oversight to maintain adherence with MaineCare rules. Additional rules and regulations also apply.

For more information, contact Emily Fortin at (207) 605-1257 or efortin@ohimaine.org.