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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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Kessler Foundation 2020 Signature Employment Grant

The Kessler Foundation Signature Employment Grant supports innovative solutions to increase employment for people with disabilities. For the 2020 grant, the Foundation has a special interest in projects that address the intersection of race, class, gender, disability and poverty within the framework of helping individuals with disabilities obtain employment or re-enter the job market following …
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Disability Employment Awareness Month: Frederick County Collaborative Video

The Frederick County Commission on Disabilities, the Human Relations Department of Frederick County Government, Scott Key Center, Community Living Incorporated and local businesses created a video to celebrate disability employment awareness month. To watch the video, click HERE.

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Employment First – A Look Back

For many people the end of the year is a time of self-reflection and envisioning the future. It also provides a perfect opportunity to reflect on some of the national and statewide changes, over the last decade, that supported Employment First and the full community participation of people with developmental disabilities. 2008: Developmental Disabilities Administration …
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REMINDER Provider Survey – Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

The DDA and the Governor’s Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ODHH) want to support provider agencies as they serve people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are deaf and hard of hearing. The DDA and ODHH thank those who took the time to participate in the critical survey that was sent out in August; …
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In-Home Supports Assurance System

By 2020, federal regulations require all personal supports service providers use a clock-in and clock-out system to record their service times. The purpose is to increase accountability for service provision and to help make sure that people are receiving services as outlined in their person-centered plan. The DDA is using the In-Home Supports Assurance System (ISAS) for …
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UPDATE: Self-Directed Services

Fiscal Year 20 Budget and Person-Centered Plan Marylanders who self-direct their services (Self-Directed Services) are urged to continue working with their Coordinator of Community Services (CCS) and team to complete their Person-Centered Plan (PCP) and the accompanying budget. The DDA is working with people who self-direct, CCSs and other stakeholders to ensure budgets are submitted …
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Family Supports Waiver Overview

The DDA Family Supports Waiver (FSW) is a Maryland Medicaid Waiver program the DDA administers on behalf of Medicaid. To support families, the DDA sought input from stakeholders on support needs to help children and youth (birth to 21 years old) and their families during times when they are not in school. As of December 8, 2019, …
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RECAP: 2019 Maryland Leadership Institute

Graduates of the 2019 Maryland Leadership Institute The DDA and The National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities at the University of Delaware hosted the Maryland Leadership Institute at the Maritime Institute Baltimore in November. A group of leaders from DDA provider agencies attended the weeklong training to gain the skills and values needed to shift …
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