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2019 Funding Priorities

DD Council to Invest $200,000 in New Initiatives Earlier this month, the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council voted to invest $200,000 in new initiatives in 2019, building on current projects that total over $500,000. These priorities include:  Person-Centered Planning: A request for proposals will be released in the next few months to solicit proposals to develop …
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The Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council’s 2019 Legislative Overview

Legislation Affecting People with Developmental Disabilities and Their Families The 2019 legislative session has come to a close.  The state’s FY2020 budget will expand support to more individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, and numerous bills addressed issues of importance to people with developmental disabilities and their families. For details on budgets and bills, …
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National Autism Awareness Month!

          Nearly a quarter century ago, the Autism Society launched a nationwide effort to promote autism awareness, inclusion and self-determination for all, and assure that each person with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) is provided the opportunity to achieve the highest possible quality of life.  This year they wanted to go beyond …
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“Fight for $15” Bill Passes with 4% Yearly Increases to DD Services

(courtesy of The Arc Maryland) Today, the “Fight for $15” Bill (HB166/SB280) passed through the House and Senate after a vote on both chambers to accept the Conference Committee report. These final bill changes see a flat 4% increase to DD Services each year from FY21 to FY26 as the minimum wage increases from $10.10 …
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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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The Mandt System®

When communication initially went out regarding DDA’s requirements for training in The Mandt System, chapters 4-6 were part of the required trainings. This decision was made due to the chapters on Trauma Informed Care and Positive Behavior Supports which align with the DDA’s mission and vision of creating a flexible, person centered family-oriented system of supports …
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Coordination of Community Services (CCS)

Abby is a 35-year-old who works at Wegman’s and received Supported Employment services from Abilities Network. In the future, Abby wants to be the manager of a coffee shop. Abby was living in a Richcroft residential site for over ten years. Utilizing the new Person-Centered Planning process which provides the framework for people in our …
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How do I choose a Coordinator of Community Services Agency?

A letter will be mailed to you explaining your right to choose your CCS provider. The letter will include information about each of the CCS agencies within your region and a form that you need to send back to your DDA regional office indicating your choice. You have 30 calendar days from the date noted on the …
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Community of Practice Supporting Families- Charting the LifeCourse

        The Maryland Community of Practice (CoP) Statewide Leadership Team met for its quarterly meeting on Feb. 26th at the MD Center for Developmental Disabilities. The guest speaker, Ms. Amy Milar, Supporting Families Statewide Initiative Coordinator from Pennsylvania’s Office of Developmental Disabilities, shared compelling stories and relevant information pertaining to the structure of …
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Employment

Please note the following language changes to the current waiver amendments related to the Meaningful Day service called Career Exploration: The 90-day limit will not apply to people currently receiving services. People currently receiving Career Exploration will create an employment goal within their Person-Centered Plan during their annual team process that outlines their trajectory and transition time …
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