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Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS)

As part of the DDA’s commitment to doing business efficiently, effectively, and professionally, the DDA’s transformation involves the reshaping of waiver programs, policies, processes and Information Technology (IT) systems to better serve Marylanders with developmental disabilities and support person centered practices. Over the last several years, the DDA has been working with an external system …
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DDA grant will create inclusive higher education program.

Today, Governor Larry Hogan announced the allocation of $250,000 to the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) for a grant that will create an inclusive higher education program for students with developmental disabilities. The grant was awarded to Coopin State University. “This grant further helps us meet our goal to enhance the lives of people with developmental disabilities—starting …
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Apply to be a Member of the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council

Be a Part of an Organization that makes a Difference in the Lives of Maryland Residents with Developmental Disabilities and their Families The Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council is seeking applications from potential members to fill several membership slots that will be open in June of 2019. For this recruitment cycle, applications will be accepted through …
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The Path to Employment Starts with Community

When I was asked to start the new Community Based Day Program for Progress Unlimited, I heard “Day Program” and immediately said yes because that’s been all I’ve done my entire adult life. Then the “Community Based” part started sinking in, and my 38 + years of sheltered work started choking me up. But if …
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DDA Employment First Webinars – Supported Decision Making

Joining us for our May Employment First webinar is Megan Rusciano, a staff attorney with Disability Rights Maryland. Megan will be discussing alternatives to guardianship, including supported decision making. These are important discussions as we support people to become participating members of their communities. Date: Friday, May 18, 10:00am-12:00pm  Click here to register for this webinar. …
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The Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council Invests $15,000 in Ready At Five Initiative.

Project Will Increase Parent Leadership and Advocacy Skills The Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council is investing $15,000 in an initiative to expand family engagement efforts. The Council will support Ready At Five’s Parent Leadership Learning Parties for parents and caregivers of children with and without developmental disabilities throughout the state. This initiative addresses the Council’s Five-Year State …
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Brave in the Attempt

Join the Maryland Department of Disabilities, the Developmental Disabilities Administration, Special Olympics Maryland, and V-LINC, Inc. for The Second Annual Brave in the Attempt Talks Transform June 6, 2018 Towson University University Union, Third Floor Chesapeake Room 281 University Ave Towson, MD 21204 When have you taken a risk to be your best self? How have you transformed? …
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Employment First Webinar – Supported Decision Making – May 18, 2018

When:  Friday, May 18, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM EDT Add to Calendar Where:  This is an online event. Please join us for our next Employment First webinar. Presenting this month will be Megan Rusciano, a staff attorney with Disability Rights Maryland. Megan will be discussing alternatives to guardianship, including Supported Decision Making. …
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Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) Community Pathways Waiver Renewal Now Available on the DDA website

The DDA’s Community Pathways (CP) Waiver was submitted by the Office of Health Services (OHS) to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) April 2, 2018. The document is now available on the DDA website, including tracked changes of the original submission. The Community Pathways Waiver program provides support services to people with developmental …
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DDA replacing Behavior Principles and Strategies (BPS) training with the Mandt System

The Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) provides behavioral support services to support people in a variety of settings including Community Services, State Residential Centers (SRCs), Secure and Evaluative Therapeutic Treatment (SETT) programs, and other areas where people are experiencing or are likely to experience difficulty in community living as a result of behavioral, social, or …
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Employment First Webinar – June 15 & July 20

We invite you to join us in a 3-part series on “Community-based day services as a path to employment.”    Staci Jones, of DDA has invited Subject Matter Expert, Sara Murphy, of the Office for Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) to  co-present this exciting monthly series. The webinars are intended to be resources for both management …
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Autism Awareness Month…Get Involved!

April is autism awareness month.  Join us in the celebration for 2018 National Autism Awareness Month! National Autism Awareness Month represents an excellent opportunity to promote autism awareness, autism acceptance and to draw attention to the tens of thousands facing an autism diagnosis each year.  See the list of links to see how you can get …
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Training Opportunity for Self- Advocates

Steps Toward Independence & Responsibility People On the Go of Maryland in partnership with the Developmental Disabilities Administration is seeking individuals with disabilities who want to learn about effective ways to advocate for themselves and others. The goal of Project STIR is to: Communicate effectively Problem solve Understanding rights and responsibilities How to get involved …
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Governor Hogan Shares Expectations Matter Message

Official Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month Proclamation Governor Larry Hogan helped spread the “Expectations Matter Expect Ability” message in Annapolis today with an official proclamation celebrating Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.  Back, left to right: DD Council Executive Director Brian Cox; Council Member Kalani Brown; Governor Larry Hogan holding DD Month proclamation; Council Member Julie Randall; Council …
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The DDA Wants Your Input!

The Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) routinely partners with stakeholders for a variety of standing committees. Currently, the DDA is seeking volunteers for three committees, the Transition Advisory Team, Mortality Quality and Review Committee and the Quality Advisory Council. Transition Advisory Team (TAT) The Transition Advisory Team provides information and guidance to the Maryland Department of Health …
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Call Your Legislative Representatives!

Ask them to Keep the DD Promise and Restore the 3.5% for Developmental Disabilities Community Services. The BRFA is the Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act and it is the mechanism through which budget adjustments are made. The 3.5% increase in DDA funding that was mandated through the Minimum Wage Act of 2014 can be procedurally adjusted through …
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DD Day 2018: Record-Breaking Crowd Calls for Increase in Provider Rates/Direct Support Professional Wages

800 Advocates Gather to Learn About Priority Legislation & Meet with Elected Officials Developmental Disabilities Day at the Legislature 2018 was one for the record books with more than 800 advocates gathering in the state capital to learn about budget issues and priority legislation pertaining to education, ABLE accounts, and provider rates. The crowd brought …
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Governor Hogan’s FY 2019 Budget Released

Highlights of Interest to Individuals with Developmental Disabilities and their Families Governor Hogan released his FY 2019 proposed budget yesterday, which covers the period July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019. Below you will find highlights of particular interest to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. The FY 2019 state operating budget totals $44.4 …
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Update on the Rate Study

Dear Stakeholder, I’d like to take this opportunity to update you on the progress of the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) rate setting study. In November 2017, the DDA released a report initiated based on 2014 legislation requiring DDA to conduct an independent, cost-driven study, develop and implement a plan, provide for specified payments, develop a …
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Did you know Emergency Respite Care is Available?

Assistance Across the State to Provide Temporary Relief From the Maryland Department of Human Services, in partnership with The Elizabeth Cooney Personnel Agency, Inc., Elizabeth Cooney Personal Care, LLC: Lifespan emergency respite services are now available. These services, funded by a grant from the Federal Administration for Community Living, provide assistance across the state for …
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