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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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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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