The Behavioral Consultation program services are available to any long-term care facility in the state of Maine at no cost to the facility or the resident. The cost of this program is Ms. Cote's salary and administrative support, which is part of the Licensing and Certification budget.
The funding for the Best Practices program comes from money obtained through civil money penalties. The cost of each forum was estimated to range from under $2000 to approximately $3000. The costs were incurred to reserve conference space, to transport the surveyors to the forum, and to cover the cost of the speaker.
Funding to increase minimum staffing included $1,336,000 from general funds and $2,610,241 for the associated federal match for fiscal year 2000-2001.