Public Laws

124th Legislature

Second Regular Session

Parts: A B C D E F G H I J

Chapter 645

H.P. 1313 - L.D. 1826


Sec. F-1. Oral Health Advisory Committee. The Department of Health and Human Services shall establish the Oral Health Advisory Committee, referred to in this Part as "the committee," to award a $3,500,000 grant to create a teaching dental clinic pursuant to subsections 3 and 4 and to award $1,500,000 in grants pursuant to subsection 5, subject to the passage of the referendum set out in Part D.

1. Membership. The program director or chief executive officer of the oral health program within the Department of Health and Human Services, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 22, section 2127 is designated the chair of the committee and shall appoint the following 6 members:

A. A representative of a group representing individuals licensed to practice dentistry in this State;
B. A representative of a statewide organization representing low-income individuals;
C. A representative of an organization representing community-based health care clinics;
D. An individual representing community-based dental clinics;
E. A representative of a foundation based in this State committed to improving the health of citizens in this State who has experience funding direct service for dental care; and
F. An individual representing Maine veterans of the United States Armed Forces or the Maine National Guard who has experience with dental care.

2. Appointments. The committee must be appointed and convene within 30 days of the passage of the referendum set out in Part D.

3. Duties. The committee shall create an application for the grant for a teaching dental clinic for interested parties within 60 days of the passage of the referendum in Part D. The committee shall hold a bidders conference within 7 days following issuance of the applications, after which an applicant has 18 days to complete and submit the application. The committee shall award the grant before March 1, 2011.

4. Grant criteria. The committee shall use the following criteria in awarding the grant.

A. The recipient must:
(1) Be a postsecondary institution with its primary campus located in the State;
(2) Be accredited by a regional accrediting agency approved by the United States Department of Education;
(3) Have a board of trustees that has previously approved a degree program that grants a doctorate of dental medicine or a doctorate of dental surgery;
(4) Have educational programs for health professions that are academically and clinically based; and
(5) Offer a degree in public health.
B. The recipient must demonstrate financial capacity to start and sustain an accredited program in dental medicine that supports long-term access to dental care in the State.
C. The recipient must demonstrate an ability to match state funding on a one-to-one basis.

5. Distribution of balance of bond. Following the award of the grant under subsections 3 and 4, the recipient shall identify 2 members of its organization to join the committee to establish an application process for the $1,500,000 in clinic grants under Part D. A recipient of a grant under this subsection must:

A. Be from an underserved community that has a demonstrated need for dental care;
B. Be a qualified health care provider, including, but not limited to, federally qualified health care centers, veterans' health care facilities, health care facilities established by the United States Department of Defense serving active duty military personnel, Maine-based nonprofit health care centers and municipally supported health care clinics; and
C. Demonstrate a capacity to accommodate dental students.

6. Completion date. The grants under subsection 5 must be awarded by December 1, 2011, and following disbursement of these grants the committee terminates.

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