Programs & Partnerships

Hospice-Corrections Partnership at Maine State Prison

MHC Board Member Andy Sokoloff (right) gets a hug from prisoners who completed their PSS (Personal Support Specialist) certification through the MSP hospice program

Since 2001, Maine Hospice Council has been operating a hospice program at Maine State Prison (MSP), in partnership with the Prison and the Maine Department of Corrections (MDOC). The Maine Hospice Council and our community volunteers have brought elevated awareness of end-of-life issues to the prison setting. This partnership has enhanced services for prisoners and provided staff with greater knowledge and sensitivity on issues of grief and loss, as well as broadening the horizons of countless individuals through our advocacy and annual conferences.

Hospice-Veteran Partnership

Hospice-Veteran Partnership of Maine

What is the Hospice Veteran Partnership of Maine?

HVP is a coalition of people from Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities and community organizations working together to ensure that excellent end-of-life care is available for our nation’s veterans and their families. Our coalition is part of a national network of HVPs, established by the VA Hospice and Palliative Care Institute.

Why were we formed?

POLST (Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment)

POLST Maine Logo

The Maine Hospice Council and Center for End-of-Life Care is the administrative home for the Maine State POLST Coalition, a broad-based coalition of providers and other stakeholders.POLST (Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment) is a medical order intended for those facing a terminal illness, or who are in an advanced state of medical frailty. POLST orders are not intended for general use amongst older adults. Healthy adults should have a Maine Advance Directive on file in their medical record.To learn more about POLST, please visit, or the National administrative home,, which has a wealth of information for both providers and patients.