Muskie School of Public Service
University of Southern Maine
Prior to accepting the directorship of the Institute for Public Sector Innovation, Paul Saucier was the Director of the Chronic Illness, Disability and Aging Program Area and a Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Health Policy. Previously he was project director at the National Academy for State Health Policy in Portland, Maine, and a legislative analyst in the Maine Legislature's Office of Policy and Legal Analysis. Saucier also served as staff to the Consumer Advisory Board, established by the Federal District Court to oversee the closure of a large institution for persons with developmental disabilities. He has worked as a residential counselor for adolescent boys who had been removed from their homes for a variety of reasons, managed a scattered-site apartment program for adults with developmental disabilities, and provided life skills training to older teenagers transitioning out of state foster care.
Saucier's publications address health and social care and financing and payment issues for the elders and persons with disabilities. He currently serves on the Board of the East End Children's Workshop, a nonprofit agency in Portland that provides child care, nutrition, health screening, job training, and related services to low income families.
During his fellowship, Saucier plans to study how New Zealand's public policy and practice regarding disability support services advance or hinder the goals articulated in the disability strategy of New Zealand's Public Health and Disability Act 2000.