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DDA/DORS Updates MOU for Employment Services

The Developmental Disabilities Administration and the Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Rehabilitation Services have updated their Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for Employment Services. The MOU was last updated in 2006. The updated MOU outlines responsibilities of each agency at both the state and local level for their respective roles in serving people with developmental and intellectual disabilities who are seeking employment services.

The updated MOU is an important step for Maryland as it strives to be an Employment First state. The MOU builds upon the Olmstead Decision of 1999 that focuses on service provision in the most integrated setting; the Assistive Technology Act of 1998 as amended in 2004; and the President’s Executive Order on Olmstead. The MOU also outlines areas of cooperation, including procedures related to planning, referrals, service provision, fiscal resources and projections, meetings, seminars, conferences and exchange of information.

A copy of the MOU can be found on both the DDA at DORS DDA MOU 2013 and DORS web page and is being disseminated to all relevant stakeholders. For more information regarding the updated MOU you can contact the following people.

DDA - Danielle Lyons
Phone: 410-767-5631
Email: Danielle.Lyons@maryland.gov

DORS - Michelle Stewart
Staff Specialist, Transition and Supported Employment Services
Division of Rehabilitation Services
2301 Argonne Drive
Baltimore, MD 21218
Phone: 410-554-9109
Email: mstewart@dors.state.md.us .mstewart@dors.state.md.us


Recorded Webinars for the Employment Data Collection Project

Introduction to the data collection system and initiative: 9/13/2013:

http://connectpro97884399.adobeconnect.com/p8erd5resw3/.

Using the data collection system: 9/19/2013

http://connectpro97884399.adobeconnect.com/p9t3f3qb7vd/

Help and Questions

For technical support and assistance using the data system contact:
Paul Foos
Institute for Community Inclusion
UMass Boston
Paul.foos@umb.edu