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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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Provider Transition of LTSS Advisory Group

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. Key LTSSMaryland system modules for the DDA include eligibility, person-centered planning, service authorization, billing and provider payment. LTSSMaryland is already in use throughout the state …
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SMRO- Governors Transitioning Youth Initiative – February 5, 11, 12 & 19, 2020

When:  February 5, 11, 12 & 19, 2020 Time:  4:00PM-6 :00PM 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 …
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Register now for Developmental Disabilities Day at the Legislature

One of the biggest days of the year for disability advocates across Maryland is coming up on February 12th: Developmental Disabilities Day at the Legislature! Join hundreds of fellow advocates, families, policy makers, and colleagues in Annapolis to make your voice heard. Learn about 2020 priorities and meet with your representatives to create a better tomorrow …
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Policy Review Team

What’s happening with Policy? The Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) recently created a Policy Review Team. The team assists and advises the DDA on developing person and family-centered systems of support policies for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout the lifespan. Who can participate? People receiving DDA services, Self-Advocates and Family members. Everyone that participates …
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Update on Amendment #2

The Federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved the DDA’s Amendment #2 2019 requests to update the State of Maryland’s Family Supports, Community Supports and Community Pathways Waivers. The amendments are effective on December 1, 2019.   Amendment #2 2019 includes:   ·     A transition strategy to Maryland’s Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSSMaryland) fee-for-services billing …
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Electronic Visit Verification – In-Home Supports Assurance System

In 2020, Federal regulations require that 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 provisions, and to help make sure that people are receiving services as outlined in their Person-Centered Plan.   The DDA is launching the In-Home Supports …
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Transformation Update – Launch of the Provider Transition of LTSS Advisory Group

With the LTSSMaryland pilot beginning in December, and a larger roll out to begin July 2020, the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) convened the Provider Transition of LTSS Advisory Group. Thirty-five people, including providers, Coordinators of Community Services (CCS), representatives from the Maryland Association of Community Services and family members, joined Deputy Secretary Bernard Simons and …
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Join The Arc MD, Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council, Disability Rights Maryland, People Power of Howard County, and People on the Go Maryland for a Presidential Forum on Disability Issues Watch Party.

Monday, January 13, 2020 | 10:30 AM – 1:00 PM The Meeting House 5885 Robert Oliver Pl. Room 202 Columbia, MD 21045 Please join The Arc Maryland, Disability Rights Maryland, Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council, People Power of Howard County, and People on the Go Maryland for a watch party, including a live stream of the …
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Reminder: October’s Employment Data Collection

What: Twice a year, all DDA Meaningful Day providers are required to submit data for all people they support who receive Day Habilitation, Employment Discovery and Customization, Career Exploration, Community Development Services or Supported Employment. Providers of Meaningful Day Services are to document various employment and community outcomes via the DDA web-based, Employment Outcome Information System …
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