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Advocacy & Training Opportunities

Capacity Building

The DDA is looking for qualified providers to support children and adults in the DDA waiver programs. This is a great opportunity to support children, adult and their families who need DDA supports. Providers who are interested should review the provider requirements, available here, and submit an application as directed. If you are an individual or …
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DDA Webinar Educational Series will Resume after the Summer. Stay Tuned…

In September, the DDA will resume conducting weekly webinars to inform and educate all stakeholders related to DDA’s service delivery system. Webinars will include an overview of the topic with opportunities for questions and answers specific to the presentation topic. All stakeholders (people in services, self-advocates, families, providers, advocacy organization, state staff, etc.) are encouraged …
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Maryland’s electronic Provider Revalidation and Enrollment Portal (ePREP)

The DDA and Medicaid will be hosting a webinar for service providers to ask specific questions related to ePREP provider application process. We will clarify DDA’s and Medicaid’s roles related to the review process, communication, site visit, approval and next steps. Time is critical in getting your base application Medical Assistance (MA) number and specific …
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Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS)

The DDA continues to work aggressively on the development of additional LTSS (Long Term Services and Support System ) functionality to further the long-term goals of creating a more flexible, person-centered, and family-oriented system of supports so that people can lead full lives. We wanted to provide a quick update on the roll-out of this …
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Community of Practice Supporting Families – Charting the LifeCourse

      The Supporting Families Community of Practice hosted its 2019 Annual Meeting on June 25 and 26 at the Hussman Institute for Autism in Catonsville. Deputy Secretary, Bernie Simons and the MD CoP Statewide Leadership Team welcomed the National CoP Consultants and the Lewin Evaluation Group to celebrate and review our work of …
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Self-Directed Services

Did you know… You can contact NaToya Mitchell, Statewide Coordinator of Self-Directed Services to share ideas and provide feedback and recommendations through our designated self-directed email address. The email address is dda.selfdirection@maryland.gov. We’ve heard you… We thank all of you who participated in the statewide stakeholder town hall meetings providing insightful recommendations and feedback to …
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Employment

              The DDA and several Marylanders attended the national APSE (Association of People Supporting Employment First)conference in St. Louis Missouri this month. Each year, APSE honors individuals, organizations and employers for their individual and collective contribution to Employment First. During this year’s APSE conference, a Maryland individual and a Maryland provider organization received …
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Waiver Amendments #1 2019 Approved

We are pleased to inform you that the Federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved our three Amendment #1 2019 requests to amend the State of Maryland’s Family Supports, Community Supports and Community Pathways Waivers. Amendment #1 2019 aligns the services scope, requirements, limitations, qualifications, and effective date for the three home …
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Save the Date-Employment First Summit: October 11, 2019

              October is Disability Employment Awareness month. To help us celebrate and learn together, please mark your calendars for the Developmental Disability Administration’s (DDA) annual Employment Summit on Friday, October 11, 2019. Join us to receive Employment First updates, messages from collaborating partners, and guest speakers highlighting success stories and best …
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DD Council publishes: What Matters

              The Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council (DD Council) recently released a publication called What Matters. What Matters tells the stories of nine people with developmental disabilities who work and have meaningful days in their communities. The Council developed What Matters with input from people with developmental disabilities, families, providers, and advocates. To …
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Meaningful Day Service Provider Survey

In the next month, the DDA will be sending out a short survey to all current Meaningful Day service providers.  This survey seeks to collect information about numbers of people each provider projects may be aligning to DDA’s Meaningful Day service called Career Exploration. Because we are in the middle of a transition year before …
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DORS/DDA Joint Staff Development Day

On June 26,  The Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) and  The Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) held their first joint staff development day with staff from both agencies at the DDA Southern Maryland Regional Office. Back in June of 2018, DORS and DDA signed an updated Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two state agencies, seeking to …
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2019 APSE Conference- St. Louis

The Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) held their 30th national conference June 18-20 in St. Louis, Missouri.  APSE  is the only national conference focused solely on the advancement of Employment First. Every year , the APSE National Conference brings together over 1,000 community leaders, businesses, individuals and organizations impacted by Employment First – people with disabilities …
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ODEP Community of Practice Webinar Recording

Did you this month’s Office of Disability Employment Policy’s (ODEP) webinar is on  Job Development in Rural America: A Maine & Tennessee Experience? If you missed it or would like to watch it again, it can be viewed here. Subject matter experts, Gail Fanjoy and Dwayne Webb outline: Recognizing the growing employment disparity for rural Americans with disabilities and what can we …
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Laura Ferrari (Speaker at the Transition Fair located at Frederick Community College)

Laura Ferrari was one of the opening speakers at the Frederick Community College Transition Fair and shared her story through her eyes. Laura spoke with confidence and explained how she came to her life now of living with both her brother, Tony, and sister-in-law, Alexia. She loves to dance and believes everyone needs to get …
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Updates on the Waiver Amendments #1 2019 to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

We are pleased to inform you that the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved our three Amendment #1 2019 requests to amend the State of Maryland’s Family Supports, Community Supports and Community Pathways Waivers. Amendment #1 2019 aligns the services scope, requirements, limitations, qualifications, and effective date for the three home and …
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SourceAmerica Joins Call for Elimination of 14(c)

While Maryland is well on its way to phasing out the use of Section 14(c) sub-minimum wage certificate usage, there are similar legislative efforts and public policy statements being drafted nationally. The board of SourceAmerica, one of two U.S. central nonprofits designated in the Javits-Wagner-O’Day Act to support nonprofit agencies participating in the AbilityOne Program, …
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Reminder: Employment Data Due by June 30

      If you need a refresher related to the data collection expectations see the resources and instructions below: Original webinar outlining purpose and scope of data initiative Webinar on how to use the data system Webinar on system updates in 2018 Maryland DDA Employment Outcome Information System Instructions Maryland DDA Employment Outcome Information …
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Office of Disability Employment Policy Criteria for Performance Excellence

The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) has provider transformation resources that focus on the criteria for performance excellence for Employment First state systems. Leadership & Setting the Tone for Change Leadership is essential to the transformation process. Agency and Board leadership both create and drive the vision of what transformation means to the agency, …
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Employment First State Leadership Mentor Program Webinar Recording

As a reminder, the Employment First State Leadership Mentor Program has monthly Community of Practice webinars that bring information from national subject matter experts (SME) on topics related to Employment First. May’s webinar was on “How to Create Start Ups for People with Disabilities.” SMEs Roger Shelley and Larrisa Cummings discuss how a small business …
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