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SMRO-Know the 10 Signs Early Detection Matters.

When: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM EST Where:  312 Marshall Ave., Suite 700, Laurel, MD 20707 A workshop presented by the Alzheimer’s Association KNOWthe 10 SIGNS EARLY DETECTION MATTERS The warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease are often dismissed as side effects of normal aging. If you or someone you know is …
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Employment First Webinar – January 19

When:   Friday, January 19, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST Where:   This is an online event. Are you growing weary with the idea of transformation, new waivers, new services, new initiatives, final rule compliance, end of 14c, etc.? If so, this webinar is for you! Staci Jones, Statewide Career and Employment Services Coordinator …
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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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Responses to Questions about the Rate Study

Rate Setting Study Recently, the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) was required to conduct an independent, cost-driven study, develop and implement a plan, provide for specified payments, develop a billing and payment system, establish a payment schedule, and consult with stakeholders. This rate setting study marked the first time the provider rate structure has been reviewed …
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DDA’s Frequently Asked Questions about Self-Directed Services

Self-Directed Services Traditionally people with disabilities did not have the say or control over their lives. From choosing who they lived with, deciding how they spent their day, participating in the community in ways they wanted to, and spending time with people important to them, were often not the foundation to them receiving services. One’s …
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The Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council Raises Small Grant Funding Total

Small Grants Can Now Total $5,000 Each The Maryland Developmental Disabilities recently voted to raise the small grant total award amount from $2,500 to $5,000 per grant. While not all small grants require this amount of funding, this move is an effort to increase the number of viable and strategic grant requests that the Council …
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Action Alert: Keep Up the Advocacy

Congress is on a fast track to pass the tax reform bill; the Senate is debating right now! This bill will be devastating for people with disabilities and yet the public has not even seen the final bill.  We have to stop this from happening, we need you to take action now. TODAY, please call and ask your …
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Maryland Receives Federal Approval for New Developmental Disabilities Support Waiver

November 30, 2017 State Will Expand Services Through Family Supports Waiver ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan today announced that Maryland has received federal approval from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to expand services for individuals with developmental disabilities through the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration’s (DDA) Family Supports Waiver. Services offered through …
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Family Supports Waiver Approved by CMS

Good news from the DDA! We are pleased to announce that the Family Supports Waiver has been approved by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. This waiver will deliver innovative supports for children in the home and/or community after school, nights, weekends, and during summer months. It will serve 400 people on the DDA …
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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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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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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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