Workshops & Training

MWDA's Advanced General Assistance Training

Sponsored by: Maine Welfare Directors Association
Date: 10/20/2023
Location: In-Person only - Maine Municipal Association, Augusta, ME.
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m
Cost: $45.00 - Member, $65.00 - Non-member

Training for: General Assistance, MWDA

Who Should Attend: The training is designed for people who have completed General Assistance Basics and are seeking certification. This is requirement 2 of 2 to receive certification in the Fundamentals of General Assistance Administration.

Objective: Participants will be introduced to challenging General Assistance Scenarios.

A prerequisite of GA Basics needs to have been completed in order to register for this training.



 9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.   - Welcome & Introductions Harrison Deah, Welfare Director, City of Westbrook

 9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.  -  Advanced Fact Pattern – Preparing for Immigration –- Ryan Gorneau, GA Program Manager, City of Portland

10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.   -  BREAK

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. -  Disqualifications & Fair Hearings Penny Bean, Clerk, Town of Casco and Jane Maynard, GA Administrator, City of Saco

11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.  -  LUNCH BREAK

12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.   -  Burials - Deb Crocker, Human Services Administrator, City of Brunswick

1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.  -  Roundtable - Jay Feyler, Town Manager, Town of Union

2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. -  DHHS Updates – David Bailey, Field Examiner, DHHS

2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  - Questions & Answers



Confirmation of class registration will be sent out one week prior to the start of the event. If an email has been provided, the confirmation will be sent electronically. If no email is on file, the confirmation will be mailed to the billing address provided on the registration form. Directions to the facility can be found on the MMA website at

QUESTIONS/CANCELLATIONS: Cancellation notification must be given in writing at least 7 days before the session begins. Any cancellation received within that 7-day window will be charged the full registration fee. All cancellations are subject to a $15 administrative fee for processing. Please go to to cancel. If you have any questions, please contact the Educational Services Office at (800) 452-8786 or (207) 623-8428.

ADA MESSAGE: In order to ensure your complete participation, we would appreciate your informing us of any special requirements you may have due to a disability.

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