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Advocacy & Training Opportunities

Support Broker Initial Certification Training December 21 and 22, 2017 in Baltimore

The Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) is sponsoring a one and a half day Initial Support Broker Training on December 21 & 22, 2017 in Central Maryland for people who want to receive their certification to provide Support Broker services to those in the Self-Directed Service option of the Community Pathways Waiver. Those that are interested and …
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Register for a Statewide ABLE Launch Party near you!

Maryland ABLE launching on November 28th! Enrollment coming soon @ www.marylandable.org On November 28th, you’ll be able to open a Maryland ABLE account!  If you still have questions or would like a little extra help during the enrollment process, we’ll be making our way across the state to provide materials, answer questions about the Maryland ABLE program, …
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Raising Expectations. One Hashtag at a Time.

#ExpectationsMatter #ExpectAbility Expectations play an important role in our lives, often behind the scenes. Both anecdotal evidence and research prove that the assumptions other people have about our abilities are quite influential and have a long-lasting effect. For example, in an article entitled “The Power of the Pygmalion Effect” by the Center for American Progress, …
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Community Pathways Waiver Renewal Application Posted for Public Review

The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) is pleased to announce that the Community Pathways Waiver Renewal federal application has been posted to the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) website for public review from November 13 – December 12.     The goals for the Community Pathways Waiver include: Innovative service options aimed at providing supports that build on the …
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Employment First WEBINAR on Nov 17, 2017

Join us for November’s Employment First WEBINAR When:  Friday, November 17, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST Where:   This is an online event. Get updates on Employment related initiatives, including upcoming Technical Assistance opportunities and next steps. Employment staff from Dove Pointe and SEEC will be joining us to talk about the importance …
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Developmental Disabilities Administration completes two-year rate setting study

The Maryland Department of Health’s Developmental Disabilities Administration released a report today following a two-year developmental disabilities service provider rate setting study. The rate study will allow the Developmental Disabilities Administration to move from a prospective to a reimbursement payment model and streamline the payment process. There are four major advantages of the system recommended …
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Able Act Presentation

You are invited to hear a presentation on the Maryland ABLE (Achieving A Better Life Experience) Program.  ABLE accounts are an innovate way for people with disabilities to save money without jeopardizing means-tested benefits, such as SSI or Medicaid. A representative from Maryland ABLE will describe and answer questions about the program features, such as: Eligibility …
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Free Information Session on the NEW Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Savings Program!

People with disabilities from Maryland can finally SAVE up to $100,000 without jeopardizing benefits such as SSI or Medicaid! The program is called ABLE, or Achieving a Better Life Experience. ABLE makes it easier than ever to save money to pay for all of your disability-related needs. Meet the Director of the Maryland ABLE program …
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Overview of Autism Spectrum Disorder Webinar 11/20/17

The DDA is pleased to welcome Cindy L. Hay, MA to present a Webinar, “Overview – Autism Spectrum Disorder” on November 20, 2017 from 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM. Cindy Hay has a BA in Psychology/Sociology and MA in Research Psychology. She has extensive experience working with IDD adults and Dual Diagnoses. Much of her experience has also been …
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DDA Announcement from Adrienne Hollimon, Director of Nursing

Please see the memo from Adrienne Hollimon, Director of Nursing  by clicking below: The Health Risk Screening Tool (HRST) Clinical Review Memo Update

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Announcing 10 New TIP (Transforming and Improving Practices Through Customized Technical Assistance) Grantees!

The DD Council and Maryland Works, Inc. are awarding TIP (Transforming and Improving Practices Through Customized Technical Assistance) grants that total $96,405 to ten provider agencies, three of which are in rural regions of Maryland. The grants will fund technical assistance from subject matter experts so that people with developmental disabilities have improved employment outcomes …
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National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM).  This is a national campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. The theme for 2017 is “Inclusion Drives Innovation. Learn how you can support NDEAM by visiting the ODEP website: www.dol.gov/ndeam Please share employment related …
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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 11-2017 Employment First …
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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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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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