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Devastating Changes Proposed to Medicaid Action Needed The Senate Finance Committee will be holding a hearing on the Graham-Cassidy bill on Monday at 2:00 p.m.  This is the latest attempt to make deep and devastating cuts to Medicaid. Among other things, the bill will eliminate the requirement that preexisting conditions be covered. Maryland is projected …
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From the MACS…

On 9/20/2017 we participated in a national conference call with Maryland’s US Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen— they are issuing a red alert on the bill and urging all of us to weigh in.  As you may have heard, Governor Hogan spoke out against the bill today.  Estimates about the harm to Maryland include a $2.1 billion …
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From the MACS…

Another bill to repeal the ACA is underway and is quickly gaining momentum. Sponsored by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA), and supported by Senator John McCain, the bill would convert the Medicaid program into a per capita cap program, block grant and then eliminate Medicaid expansion, give states the authority to permit insurers …
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WEBINAR – Prader Willi Syndome Overview – 10/18/17

When:   Wednesday, October 18, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM EDT Add to Calendar Where:  This is an online event. The DDA is pleased to welcome Cindy L. Hay, MA to present a Webinar with an Overview of Prader Willi Syndrome.  Cindy L. Hay, MA has a BA in Psychology/Sociology and MA in Research Psychology. …
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SMRO- Community Pathways Waiver Information Session- September 19, 2017

When:  Tuesday, September 19, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM EDT Add to Calendar Where:  Metro Points Hotel 8500 Annapolis Rd. New Carrollton, MD 20784 The Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) will be sharing updates on changes to proposals for the Community Pathways Waiver renewal during regional public information sessions.   Sessions have been grouped by topic and …
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DDA EMPLOYMENT FIRST NEWSLETTER

Employment First is a concept to facilitate the full inclusion of people with the most significant disabilities in the workplace and community. Under the Employment First approach, community-based, integrated employment is the first option for employment services for youth and adults with significant disabilities. Link to Employment First Newsletter Employment First Updates 9-2017 Employment First …
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CCS – Webinar “Overview of MD’s Affordable Housing Initiatives for Individuals w/ Disabilities” 9/26

When:   Tuesday, September 26, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM EDT Add to Calendar Where:  This is an online event. This Webinar, “Overview of MD’s Affordable Housing Initiatives for Individuals with Disabilities” is scheduled for September 26, 2017, from 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM.  The presentation will review MD’s affordable housing initiatives for individuals …
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Here’s what’s Happening at DDA!

The Developmental Disabilities Administration would like to update you on the next steps related to the Community Pathways Waiver Renewal application and service definitions . The Community Pathways Waiver Renewal application will be posted on the DDA’s website in September 2017 Information Session on the Community Pathways Waiver Renewal application will be held across the …
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DDA Community Supports Waiver Public Comment Period

The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) is pleased to announce that the Community Supports Waiver federal application has been posted to the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) website for public review.  The Community Supports Waiver program will provide supports to individuals with developmental disabilities on the DDA Waiting List. The goals of the new Community Supports …
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Community Supports Waiver Announcement and Important Dates

The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) is pleased to announce the development of a new Community Supports Waiver program. The Community Supports Waiver program will provide individual and family supports for persons with developmental disabilities on the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) Waiting List.  The goals of this new program includes providing: (1) Innovative service options …
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ADVOCATING FOR A MEANINGFUL LIFE – Residential Services Discussion – for Self Advocates

Information Session: Residential Services Discussion with Self Advocates 8/3/17 The Advocacy Supports Team is offering information sessions, for people in services, to promote advocacy toward a meaningful life, by choosing where to live and with whom to live with.  You are invited to this free event to discuss and get information about DDA Residential options. …
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Announcing a Funding Opportunity:

Announcing a Funding Opportunity from the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council and Maryland Works, Inc.   To improve and expand the ways people with developmental disabilities are supported to be employed and have meaningful days. Transforming & Improving Practices through Customized Technical Assistance (TIP Grants) The purpose of this initiative is to improve the employment outcomes of …
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DDA’s Family Supports Waiver – Public Comment Period

Developmental Disabilities Administration The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) is pleased to announce that the Family Supports Waiver federal application has been posted on the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) website for public review.  The Family Supports Waiver program will provide individual and family supports for children birth to 21 with developmental disabilities on the Developmental Disabilities Administration …
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Senate’s Healthcare Bill: What You Can Do to Amplify the Message

What Can You Do?   The Senate plans to vote on a bill to replace the Affordable Care Act this week and it includes devastating cuts to Medicaid, which will affect both healthcare and long-term services, like those accessed through DDA’s Community Pathways waiver. Fortunately, Maryland’s two Senators oppose the cuts. So what can you …
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Senate Releases Health Care Replacement Bill

What Will It Mean for People With Disabilities? Yesterday, Senate leadership released a draft of the bill they propose to replace the Affordable Care Act. Analysis by national disability leaders indicates that the bill, “Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017,” cuts Medicaid more deeply than the House bill. This will have a drastic impact on …
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The ARC of Maryland E-Newsletter

In the June 2017  Issue: Medicaid Under Attack! DDA Accepting Low Intensity Support Services Applications A Self Advocate’s Guide to Medicaid Now Available The Arc Maryland’s State Convention a Huge Success! 2017 Policy Fellows Describe Their Time with The Arc Maryland Maryland Family Supports are Expanding New Funding to Expand College Options for Transitioning Youth ThinkWork …
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New Funding Will Help Expand Options for Students with Intellectual Disabilities at Two-Year and Four-Year Higher Education Institutions

The Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council is excited to be a part of a new state partnership to expand post-secondary opportunities and options for people with intellectual disabilities. Maryland, in partnership with the University of Maryland, has received a $25,000 grant from the Think College National Coordinating Center to enhance post-secondary options for individuals with intellectual …
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Small Grants and Event Sponsorships Funds Available

Did you know that the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council Funds Small Grants and Education and Training Events? What is a Small Grant? Small Grants support initiatives and activities that are consistent with the Council’s mission and will have an impact that lasts beyond the period of time the grant is funded.  Activities must benefit more …
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Cultivating Youth Leadership and Self-Advocacy through the Maryland Transition Digital Portfolio

The Council is pleased to announce that it will fund training and technical assistance by Tilson & Diaz Solutions, Inc. to provide transition professionals from school systems in Caroline, Carroll, and Anne Arundel counties with tools to help students increase their self-advocacy skills and become actively engaged in the development and use of Digital Transition …
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Webinar Information Now Available

If you missed the Building the Future, Now! webinar series sponsored by The Council and The Arc Maryland – or need a refresher on the information you heard – check out the links below for the PowerPoint presentations, recordings and FAQs! Part 1: Everything You Wanted to Know about DDA, but Were Afraid to Ask. …
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