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Advocacy & Training Opportunities

DDA Educational Webinar Series

      When:  First session begins Tuesday, May 7; all sessions are from noon to 1 p.m. Register once and get access to all the webinars! Where:  This is an online event. Please join the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) every Tuesday from May 7 through May 28 for an Educational Webinar Series. The weekly webinars, …
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EFSLMP Community of Practice Webinar Recording Link

      The Office of Disability Employment Policy’s (ODEP) Employment First State Leadership Mentor Program (EFSLP) continues to host monthly webinars with national subject matter experts on topics related to organizational transformation and Employment First. If you missed the last webinar on  Unique Funding Ideas for Providers, you can view the webinar here. If …
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Transitioning Youth Fact Sheet- Spanish version

Several months ago, DDA shared an updated fact sheet highlighting the basics of the Transitioning Youth initiative in Maryland.  A Spanish version of the same fact sheet is now also available to share. Both the English and Spanish versions are both available for download here and on DDA’s Website. DDA Transitioning Youth Fact Sheet- English …
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Conversations About Employment

      Coordinators of Community Services (CCS) play a key role in having important conversations with people and their families around employment.  The State Employment Leadership Network has created a comprehensive guide called Guidance for Conversations: Identifying and Designing Pathways Towards Rewarding Employment. While the guide is focused on Case Managers, many of the …
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The National Council on Disability Report to President: Cursory Look at AbilityOne

      Back in February, the National Council on Disability (NCD) submitted a report to President Trump providing an assessment and recommendations related to the AbilityOne Program and the work of the AbilityOne Commission. The report provides an overview of the history of the history of the AbilityOne programs as well as more recent …
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SMRO- Governors Transitioning Youth Initiative: May 8, 14 and 22, 2019

When:  Wednesday, May 8, 2019 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM EDT Where: SMRO- DDA 312 Marshall Ave, #700 Laurel, MD 20707 Transition is more than about just services; it’s also about values.  The DDA has adopted an Employment First philosophy and seeks to align its service delivery system with that philosophy. Transition planning is when …
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Preparing for May’s Employment Data Collection

      A reminder to be preparing for this year’s first Employment Data Collection period in the month of May. Providers of Meaningful Day Services (Supported Employment, Employment Discovery & Customization, Community Learning Services, Career Exploration and Day Habilitation Services) are to document various employment and community outcomes in DDA’s Employment Outcome Information System …
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Meaningful Day Frequently Asked Questions

      As the DDA continues to  operationalize new or updated Meaningful Day services and systems,  we are developing guidance documents that will take many forms. At the link below, you will find a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) related to Meaningful Day services and service alignment. The DDA understands that there will …
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DDA Webinar Educational Series….Save the Dates!

The DDA will continue to conduct 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 to …
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Provider Relations- Deadline for DDA Licensed and Certified Renewal extended to May 31!

      The electronic Provider Revalidation and Enrollment Portal (ePREP) applications are currently being reviewed. The site based provider enrollment has been extended to May 31. Please be sure to check you ePREP account frequently for messages and notifications on your application. DDA Licensed and DDA Certified renewal requirements All providers will need to …
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Personal Supports versus Community First Choice Personal Assistance Services

Prior to considering services to request, it is important to first envision what the person’s specific “Good Life” would look like. People can then start to consider their own unique trajectory and various services and supports to get to their “Good Life,” including informal supports, community programs, waiver and state plan services. Examples of a “Good …
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Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS)

The DDA LTSS Release 1.2 will go live July 1. This release will include updated functionality across parts of the system as well as some new functionality for detailed service authorization. Updated functionality will also incorporate the family supports and community supports waivers.  The DDA LTSS Release 1.2 will primarily impact Coordinator of Community Services (CCS) agencies and regional office functions. The …
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Community of Practice Supporting Families- Charting the LifeCourse

      Five members of the Maryland Community of Practice (CoP), Mary Anne Kane Breschi, Nichole Drummond, Jamie Stoner, Sarah Thornton, and Kathleen Walker – are attending the The National Supporting Families Community of Practice 2019 Annual Meeting on April 30, in conjunction with the Charting the LifeCourse Showcase on May 1 and 2 …
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Employment

As the DDA continues to operationalize new or updated Meaningful Day services and systems, we are developing guidance documents that will take many forms. Through the link below, you will find a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) related to Meaningful Day services and service alignment. The DDA understands that there will be ongoing questions and a …
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Self-Directed Services

The DDA is pleased to announce that both Dr. Terah Tessier, director of Policy and Special Projects and NaToya Mitchell, statewide coordinator of Self-Directed Services, presented at the 2019 Applied Self Direction Conference on Monday, April 29. Both were joined by Matt Rice, public policy advocate. During the “Quest for Quality” session, Dr. Tessier and Ms. …
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Waiver Amendment

        On April 1, the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) submitted Amendment #1 for the Family Supports Waiver, Community Supports Waiver and Community Pathways Waiver. Changes made to the proposal based on input from various stakeholders including self-advocates, family members, advocacy groups, and providers are highlighted in yellow in the track change documents …
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Informational Bulletin

The purpose of this informational bulletin is to clarify the requirements for individuals to receive services through the Community Supports Waiver and the Family Supports Waiver without interruption. Individuals are required to maintain waiver eligibility to receive services. If a person becomes disenrolled from the Community Supports Waiver or the Family Supports Waiver, then services will be discontinued. Please …
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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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