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DDA Update on COVID-19

When:  Starting Friday, March 20, 2020 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EDT Where:  This is an online event. Phone in option provided when you register. Please join the Developmental Disabilities Administration’s Deputy Secretary Simons for weekly updates. Starting Friday, March 20, from noon to 1:00 p.m. weekly updates will be held each Friday through April 17. There …
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Update: How to Report Neglect and Abuse

The DDA does not tolerate the abuse, maltreatment or neglect of people in services. If you experience, witness, or suspect abuse or neglect, please report it. For more information about reporting abuse, visit: bit.ly/DDAReportAbuse.

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Update: Quality Improvement Organization

                The Public Consulting Group (PCG) serves as the DDA’s Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) and is an extension of DDA’s quality enhancement framework. PCG will: Monitor basic waiver assurances: –  Level of Care Reviews –  Service Record Reviews (including financial accountability) –  Critical Incident Reviews –  Qualified Provider …
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Overview: Maryland START

The START (Systemic, Therapeutic, Assessment, Resources, and Treatment) model is designed to support the mental health needs of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). The Center for START Services provides educational and capacity building for partners across the U.S. to improve the lives of people with I/DD by addressing their behavioral health needs. The …
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Update: ePREP

ePREP is Maryland Medicaid’s new Electronic Provider Revalidation Enrollment Portal for provider enrollment, revalidation, information updates and demographic changes. All DDA approved and licensed providers (except Coordination of Community Services agencies) must register in ePREP to receive DDA waiver payments when LTSSMaryland is implemented. For step-by-step instructions on how to enroll: ePREP Application. Contact your …
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Updates: LTSSMaryland

LTSSMaryland Pilot The Maryland Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSSMaryland) is an information technology (IT) platform designed to support the implementation of the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA)’s approved Medicaid home- and community-based waiver services. In December 2019, the DDA launched a pilot to identify and address any system challenges to support a seamless transition to LTSSMaryland …
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Council Funds Creation of Higher Education Hub

Technical Assistance Hub for Postsecondary Education Opportunities Center for Transition and Career Innovation, University of Maryland – College Park   People with developmental disabilities want and need to attend college, yet access and opportunity remains a challenge. To address this, the Council is thrilled to announce funding to the Technical Assistance Hub for Postsecondary Education Opportunities. …
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Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month March 1 – March 30, 2020 #DDawareness2020 Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month seeks to raise awareness about the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in all areas of community life, as well as awareness to the barriers that people with disabilities still sometimes face in connecting to the communities in which they …
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WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU

Every five years the Council identifies ways to make a positive difference in the lives of those with developmental disabilities and their families. This survey will help us plan for our work to support people with developmental disabilities be included and meaningfully participate in all aspects of life. Mission The Council’s mission is to advance …
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OVERVIEW: Maryland is a Technology First State

The Maryland Department of Health – Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) and the Maryland Department of Disabilities – Assistive Technology Program (MDTAP) are establishing Maryland as a Technology First State. The goal of the partnership is to align Maryland as a leader in ensuring people with disabilities have access to assistive technology. The Maryland Technology First …
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Update: ePREP

ePREP  is Maryland Medicaid’s new Electronic Provider Revalidation Enrollment Portal for provider enrollment, revalidation, information updates and demographic changes. All DDA approved and licensed providers (except Coordination of Community Services agencies) must register in ePREP to receive DDA waiver payments when LTSSMaryland is implemented. For step-by-step instructions on how to enroll: ePREP Application. Contact your …
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Updates: LTSSMaryland

LTSSMaryland Pilot The Maryland Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSSMaryland) is an information technology (IT) platform designed to support the implementation of the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA)’s approved Medicaid home- and community-based waiver services. In December 2019, the DDA launched a pilot to identify and address any system challenges to support a seamless transition to LTSSMaryland and …
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The DDA Educational Series Webinar Recordings

The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)’s Employment First Community of Practice  (CoP) webinar series is structured to augment the technical assistance areas of primary focus in Employment First systems change (Capacity Building, Provider Transformation, School-to-Work Transition, Employer Engagement, and Policy/Funding Alignment). CoP participants hear from national subject matter experts (SMEs) presenting information and resources to support Employment First efforts. January’s …
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ABLE Accounts

Given that ABLE to Work contributions have only been available for ABLE account holders since June 2018, MarylandABLE is thrilled to see that so many people have taken advantage of this opportunity to save additional money based on their employment status. Maryland ABLE would like to inform stakeholders of the new amount that is allowed …
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Join the Maryland Chapter of the APSE

Maryland now has an APSE Chapter!  Are you a current APSE member and want to get connected to fellow Maryland APSE members, please join the full membership meeting.  If you’re not currently a member or would like to get more information, contact Chapter President Stacey Herman. Meeting Info: Date: March 17th from 10:00 -11:30 am Location: …
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A Vision for 2020

The start of a new year is a good time to refocus on Maryland and the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA)’s Employment First initiative within the context the administration’s vision: People with intellectual and developmental disabilities will have full lives in the communities of their choice where they are included, participate, and are active citizens. The …
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Governor Hogan’s FY 2021 Budget Released

    Highlights of Interest to Individuals with Developmental Disabilities and their Families Governor Hogan released his FY 2021 proposed budget last week, which covers the period July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021. Below are highlights of particular interest to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. The FY 2021 state operating budget totals …
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Advocacy 101 Workshop – RSVP BY 1/17/20

ADVOCACY 101 & MARYLAND’S GENERAL ASSEMBLY WORKSHOP INFO On Thursday, January 23rd, meet Maryland officials and experts on what to expect from developmental disability issues and funding in the upcoming General Assembly. Participants will also learn: Nuts and bolts for being an effective advocate and visit with other advocates Priorities for the upcoming legislative session …
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WorkforceGPS Entrepreneurship Support and 2019 Resource Recap

WorkforceGPS is an online technical assistance website with workforce development resources with a information to support entrepreneurship. The information includes a toolkit with innovative practices and organizations that support entrepreneurship. Click HERE to access the material. 2019 Resource Recap – One location to find all the employment resources of 2019. Topics include work-based learning, employer …
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A Challenge to American Business – Including People with Disabilities in Talent Pipelines

The Administration for Community Living (ACL) invites businesses to compete for cash prizes to help expand the recruitment and retention programs for workers with disabilities. ACL seeks innovative models to help businesses across the country reach a wider talent pool and to create more opportunities for employment for people with disabilities. The Challenge:   ACL …
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