Note from the Director
On June 7, Secretary Sharfstein appointed me as the Acting Director of the Developmental Disabilities Administration.
To assist me as the new Acting Director, the Department is contracting with the firm of Alvarez and Marsal to provide assistance with day-to-day management of DDA. Melissa Glynn will serve as the lead consultant.
Frank Kirkland will serve as a Special Adviser to the Acting Director. Valerie Roddy will serve as Deputy Director of DDA.
I am looking forward to this new role and hope to hear from all stakeholders on the important changes that we are making at DDA. And as always, we welcome your input. Please continue to share your ideas or comments with me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Patrick Dooley, Acting Director
Solicitation of Applications for Qualified Providers to Provide Resource Coordination Services
The Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) within the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is soliciting applications from qualified providers to provide resource coordination services for people receiving or eligible for services from the DDA under Medicaid Targeted Case Management for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities COMAR 10.09.48 for all Medicaid eligible and DDA rate based service for non-Medicaid eligible. DDA resource coordination services include the following: comprehensive assessment, development and periodic revision of the Individual Plan (IP), monitoring and follow-up, and referral and related activities. Resource coordinators (1) assure DDA-funded and other community based services are meeting the person’s needs, support outcomes, and goals, and are being delivered as specified in the plan; and (2) support the person’s health and welfare.
Interested agencies must register to attend the DDA Resource Coordination Provider Interest Meeting scheduled for December 18, 2013 at 300 West Preston Street Auditorium, Baltimore, Maryland 21201.
To register, please contact the following DDA staff by December 13, 2013:
Lynell Tucker Sanderson, MSW
DDA Program Manager- Resource Coordination
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 - Frank Kirkland, Special Adviser to the Director
Developmental Disabilities Administration
201 West Preston Street, 4th Floor
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
DORS - Michelle Stewart
Staff Specialist, Transition and Supported Employment Services
Division of Rehabilitation Services
2301 Argonne Drive
Baltimore, MD 21218
Email: email@example.com .firstname.lastname@example.org
Recorded Webinars for the Employment Data Collection Project
Introduction to the data collection system and initiative: 9/13/2013:
Using the data collection system: 9/19/2013
Help and Questions
For technical support and assistance using the data system contact:
Institute for Community Inclusion
For questions about the project and DDA employment goals contact:
THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND MENTAL HYGIENE IS OFFERING AN OPPORTUNITY TO DDA NONPROFIT PROVIDERS WHO MAY BE INTERESTED IN DEVELOPING COMMUNITY TREATMENT HOMES FOR THE INDIVIDUALS WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES AND FORENSICE INVOLVEMENT WHO ARE TO BE DISCHARGED FROM THE SECURE EVALUATION AND THERAPEUTIC TREATMENT (SETT) OR WHO ARE AT HIGH RISK OF ADMISSION TO THE SETT. DDA PROVIDERS INTERESTED IN SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION MUST SUBMIT AN APPLICATION TO THE OFFICE OF CAPITAL PLANNING, BUDGETING AND ENGINEERING SERVICES BY JULY 15, 2013. THE LINK FOR INFORMATION AND APPLICATION PACKAGE IS http://dhmh.maryland.gov/ocpbes/SitePages/bond.aspx. FOR QUESTIONS OR ENQUIRIES CONTACT ELIZABETH BARNARD, 410-767-6819 OR email@example.com