Federal law allows individuals with disabilities to have a special type of trust that can hold funds to pay for the individual's supplemental needs without disqualifying him or her from essential government benefits, such as Medicaid and SSI. This type of trust is usually called a "special needs trust". The Maine Trust for People with Disabilities (known as "MTPD") is Maine's only pooled special needs trust that has been established in compliance with federal law to give Maine residents a convenient and economical way to open a trust account for a family member who has a disability. Individuals who are residents of Maine and who are diagnosed with a developmental disability or a traumatic brain injury can qualify to be beneficiaries of the MTPD.
The key groups that administer the MTPD are: