Richard Light
5-18-2016


How to force the costs of Education, Healthcare, Mental Healthcare, and Corrections in Maine to nearly zero

 

Yes, this plan would offer students quality education for nearly free, add money to Maine’s economy to the tune of billions, lower the costs and increase the quality of Healthcare, Education, Corrections, and Rehabilitation, and set Maine up for a future of economic and societal leadership the nation can envy.

Licensure, cronyism, and lack of coordination between colleges and providers prevents Maine from offering the greatest Education, Healthcare, and rehabilitation systems in the world.

Note to those who want privatization of these services….This model would also work under private modeling.

 

 

 

 

1: Ensure Maine Colleges accept transfer credits from all schools in the nation: Yes, some students will be ill prepared and will need remediation in order to catch up to speed in certain topics. This is just another opportunity for Maine schools to be able to offer classes to more people. The flood of transfers to Maine’s brick and Mortar schools would increase Maine product sales, Maine businesses of all flavors, and Maine housing from an influx of thousands of students from around the nation and globe.

 

 

 

2: Licensure is given by a combination of pay-to-play and knowledge. In order to license in Maine you must prove you have been educated (Paid your dues), intern at a cost to the student, and test competency through State regulated licensure tests. This licensure path of Education means students pay for classes, pay for interning, pay for testing, and eventually license.

The roadblocks to success in this method of licensure leave transfer students, students who have earned degrees in other states, and students who have earned credit from on-line or satellite schools without a path to licensure. These students spend tens of thousands of dollars they cannot recover for degrees which Maine could honor but does not. These students end up in debt and must leave Maine to be successful.

The solution is to offer an internship program which utilizes the State’s current investments in Healthcare, Social Work, Corrections, and Education. By coordinating DHHS, The DOE, and the DOJ with programs that require internships (Such as counseling, social work, education, nursing, psychology, biology, and many, many more programs), providers which offer services in Counseling, Corrections, Rehabilitation, Nursing, Education, etc can provide ‘free’ services to consumers by interning students. Interning Students have demonstrated technical ability if they are in the internship phase of their degrees. Interns do not get paid (and in the current model interns pay the schools to work for free as an intern) and end up with added debts of tens of thousands of dollars for their efforts, motivation, and donated time.

Programs which provide services currently use interns to service consumers without insurance. Under a plan as is proposed here, interns could offer services to all of Maine and all of Maine’s Healthcare consumers, Inmates, and Students for free. The cost savings would be for all consumers (saving them billions in costs for these services), students (who would be not pay for interning but instead benefit the tax-payers by interning for DHHS, the DOJ, and DOE), and the future of Maine as this plan would flood Maine with new students, new consumers, and the businesses and homes to support the increase in population.

 

 

 

This model is an easy transition, cheap, and implementable. What is required is the will to look beyond the monopolies Maine’s colleges have in getting paid to license students; we must see the potential for expansion and major wealth gains for Maine and Mainers through actually innovative ideas.