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Our Core Values

For more than 35 years, Service Coordination Inc., has served a diverse community of people across Maryland. Our core values demonstrate that.  We have long believed in an inclusive society, where people  live free from discrimination.  We want our entire community to know that we stand against racism.  We understand that many people have different experiences …
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SHARE YOUR STORY, PROTECT FUNDING FOR COMMUNITY SERVICES

For more than 35 years, Service Coordination Inc. (SCI), has strongly advocated for the people, families and communities we serve. We recently learned of possible cuts to the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) funding for community services in the upcoming state fiscal year 2021 budget. These cuts directly threaten the services and workforce dedicated to supporting …
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Earn a $20 Amazon Gift Card

Participate in a local study from the comfort of your own home! We are excited to announce a new partnership between Service Coordination, Inc. (SCI) and the University of Maryland’s professor Dr. Amanda Lazar.   In support of this partnership, SCI invites you to participate in a new study from Dr. Lazar and her team …
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Maryland Community of Practice for Supporting Families Webinar Series

We hope you and your family members are well. COVID-19 has turned our lives upside down and as a result, it is a very difficult and frightening time for all of us. Families caring for their family members with developmental disabilities in their homes, and families restricted from seeing their loved ones are faced with …
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REOPENING MARYLAND

The blueprint for reopening the state, Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery offers four building blocks or phases for starting again.  As noted in the guide, Governor Hogan has laid out the Four Building Blocks that are necessary for the State to move towards recovery. These include: (1) procuring sufficient personal protective equipment for frontline healthcare …
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Maryland’s Coronavirus Rumor Control Webpage – Help needed!

As we continue to respond the Coronavirus crisis, there are MANY rumors and misinformation that is shared; it is hard to know what is fact and what is not. Last week, we informed you of fraudulent scams our federal partners are uncovering, and unfortunately, emergencies also lead to rumors. Our team has been tracking these …
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COVID-19 Resources

The COVID-19 pandemic is causing disruption to daily life. The Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council, in partnership with The Arc Maryland, published a plain language booklet to help people with developmental disabilities manage the uncertainty of this time. For more plain language resources, and information from trusted sources, click the link below: COVID-19 Resources

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Legislation Affecting People with Developmental Disabilities and Their Families

      The Legislative Overview highlights some of the many important budgets and bills that were critical to people with developmental disabilities and their families during the 2020 legislative session. The 2020 legislative session adjourned early on March 18th – the first time since the Civil War. The shortened schedule led legislative leaders to …
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DDA COVID-19 Guidance and Resources

The  Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) developed guidance to assist the delivery of community-based services in response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. The DDA is working with the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) and Maryland Department of Disabilities (MDOD) to support our Community Providers during this challenging time. We are committed to providing the information, tools, …
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DDA Update on COVID-19

When:  Starting Friday, March 20, 2020 from 1:00 PM to 12:00 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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