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CQL Webinar: Transforming Employment

        Check out this free webinar from The Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL) on the concepts of the Transformational Leadership Model in moving from traditional site-based day programs to more person-directed day services and employment. Still think pre-vocational services (train-then-place model) lead to higher employment rates or increased wages?  This webinar …
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About the Self-Directed Services Financial Management and Counseling Services RFP

      Financial Management & Counseling Services Request for Proposals MDH OPASS 20-17751 Frequently Asked Questions The Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) is committed to ensuring that Self-Directed Services provide autonomy, flexibility and individualized support for people with developmental disabilities. The Financial Management and Counseling Services (FMS) Request for Proposals (RFP) preserves an individual’s existing …
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Maryland Employment First Summit – Oct. 11, 2019

When: October 11, 2019 Time:  9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration begins at 8:15 am  We ask that you arrive before 8:45 am so that we can register everyone before we begin at 9:00 a.m. A deli Lunch will provided. Where: Turf Valley Resort 2700 Turf Valley Road Ellicott City, MD 21042 Driving Directions Click here to …
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We’re hiring young leaders! Please help us spread the word…

          Fall 2019 Fellowships – We’re Hiring! As someone with a disability myself who knows that well-prepared and passionate leaders with disabilities are needed at decision-making tables, I wanted to share a key opportunity with you. We’re looking for talented people with disabilities and their allies who have an interest in public service, running for office, advocating …
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Apply Now for Partners in Policymaking®

What Is Partners in Policymaking®? Partners in Policymaking® prepares parents of children with developmental disabilities and adults with developmental disabilities to be effective advocates at state and local levels. Over 30 states have a Partners program, including Maryland. This year, the Council has awarded a $100,000 grant to The Arc Maryland to manage the state’s …
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Human Services Transportation Needs– MTA Stakeholder Meetings

The MDOT’s Mass Transit Administration, working with KFH Consultants, is holding a series of full-day meetings starting this week to gather stakeholder input on adequacy and needs for “human services transportation” in order to update existing 5-Year Regional “Coordinated Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Plans” across the State (excepting Montgomery and Prince Georges Counties) These documents …
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Community of Practice Supporting Families – Charting the LifeCourse

      The Supporting Families Community of Practice hosted its 2019 Annual Meeting on June 25 and 26 at the Hussman Institute for Autism in Catonsville. Deputy Secretary, Bernie Simons and the MD CoP Statewide Leadership Team welcomed the National CoP Consultants and the Lewin Evaluation Group to celebrate and review our work of …
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Self-Directed Services

Did you know… You can contact NaToya Mitchell, Statewide Coordinator of Self-Directed Services to share ideas and provide feedback and recommendations through our designated self-directed email address. The email address is dda.selfdirection@maryland.gov. We’ve heard you… We thank all of you who participated in the statewide stakeholder town hall meetings providing insightful recommendations and feedback to …
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Employment

              The DDA and several Marylanders attended the national APSE (Association of People Supporting Employment First)conference in St. Louis Missouri this month. Each year, APSE honors individuals, organizations and employers for their individual and collective contribution to Employment First. During this year’s APSE conference, a Maryland individual and a Maryland provider organization received …
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Waiver Amendments #1 2019 Approved

We are pleased to inform you that the Federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved our three Amendment #1 2019 requests to amend the State of Maryland’s Family Supports, Community Supports and Community Pathways Waivers. Amendment #1 2019 aligns the services scope, requirements, limitations, qualifications, and effective date for the three home …
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