Baxter Compensation Authority

“To Recognize and Validate the Suffering Endured by Former Students Who Were Physically and Sexually Abused at The Governor Baxter School for the Deaf and The Maine School for the Deaf Through the Offer of Compensation in a Supportive Process”

The Baxter Compensation Authority (BCA) was established by 120th Legislature and signed into law on June 21, 2001. The purpose of the Authority is to administer and adjudicate claims for compensation submitted by former students who were either sexually or physically abused at the Governor Baxter School for the Deaf or the Maine School for the Deaf.

See the law establishing the Baxter Compensation Authority on the Maine Legislature’s website.

Policies and Procedures

To be eligible for compensation it must be determined that a claimant:
* Was a student at the Maine School for the Deaf or the Governor Baxter School for the Deaf
* The abuse occurred before January 1, 2001
* The claimant was abused by a state employee or as a result of state action or inaction while a student at the Maine School for the Deaf or Governor Baxter School for the Deaf

A three person panel will decide who is eligible for compensation and how much an eligible claimant will receive in compensation. The compensation awards will be $25,000, $60,000 or $100,000.

Meet the Board of Directors

The Baxter Compensation Authority Board of Directors was appointed by the Governor in the Fall of 2001 and confirmed by the Legislature in January of 2002. It is the responsibility of the Board to hire and oversee the activities of the program as well as act as the Appeal Board if a claimant disagrees with the decision of the Compensation Panel. Collectively the Board has knowledge in the areas of Deaf culture, abuse and its effect, the legal system, and redress and compensation principles.

Go to the Board of Directors page

Minutes of the Board of Directors Meetings

Read the minutes of the Board of Directors meetings.

Meet the BCA Staff

The Baxter Compensation Authority (BCA) office is staffed by its Program Director, John Shattuck, and the Administrative Assistant, Maria Danfieldt. If you have any questions about the BCA you can reach either John or Mary at 287-6715 (TTY) / 287-6712 (Voice) or send e-mail to John (John.G.Shattuck@state.me.us) or Maria (Maria.D@state.me.us) who current also handles the website named top10homeremedies.com which has lot of natural home remedies for diseases and conditions.

BCA also employs two Claims Consultants who help claimants develop their claims for the Compensation Panel. These consultants will explain the claim process to claimants, and will help to record the claimant’s stories and experiences. The consultants will also help the claimant access any support services needed. Both claims consultants, Jason Nichols and Echo Smith, are fluent in American Sign Language (ASL).

Read more about the BCA staff on the BCA staff page.

Go to the Staff page

Links to Other Resources

People with interest in the Baxter Compensation Authority may also be interested in some other organizations and groups in Maine that provide services to the Deaf. Click on the link below to see information about some of these other resources..

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