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Maryland Works and the DD Council Announces 10 New TIP (Transforming and Improving Practices Through Customized Technical Assistance) Grantees

This investment, the second round of TIP grant funding in two years, is one of several ways Maryland Works and the DD Council are addressing the following Five Year State Plan goal: "Children and adults with developmental disabilities meaningfully participate in all facets of community life, and are valued and supported by their communities." The first round of TIP awards were granted in 2016 and resulted in 13 grantees, five of which are in rural areas.
Read the 2016 project summary here

All of the agencies in this current round are receiving TIP grants for the first time. As part of this initiative, grantees will also participate in a learning community to share successes, challenges, strategies, and best practices.
Read the current project summary here

Selected recipients:

• Ardmore Enterprises - to support closure of the day center, use person-centered planning, and measure data-driven outcomes.

• Bayside Community Network - for support to transform from a sheltered work/day program model to a community employment model.

• Community Living, Inc. - for support to transform from a facility-based agency to a community-based agency with person-centered supports.

• Gallagher Services - to assist with an agency-wide cultural change and the use of of person-centered thinking and planning.

• Melwood - to help develop a strategic plan and a staffing/scheduling model that supports people to engage in meaningful employment.

• Opportunity Builders - to assist in the development of a business plan to phase out sub-minimum wage contract work.

• Rehabilitation Opportunities - to assist in improving the agency's strategic plan and work flow chart and develop a process to move people from sheltered workshops to community employment.

• The Arc Baltimore - to assist with improving staff culture, organizational infrastructure, and implementation of customized job coaching.

• The Arc Central Chesapeake Region - to help develop a cohesive plan specific to achieving outcomes in rural settings.

Bob Hofmann, Maryland Works, President & CEO stated, "Maryland Works and the DD Council are excited about providing the opportunity to support Community Service Providers again in their efforts to expand community integrated employment."


Maryland Works Honors Seven Recipients at the 10th Annual Employment Awards Luncheon

Maryland Works is pleased to announce that seven award recipients were honored at our 10th Annual Employment Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at The Marriott BWI Airport Hotel. The Employment Awards honored individuals that have achieved their career goals regardless of having a disability, workforce professionals who have made a significant contribution in the employment of people with disabilities, transition professionals, employers, public policy champions, and community service providers that advocate and expand skills training and employment opportunities for people with disabilities or other barriers to employment. 

More than 250 attendees were inspired by the keynote address of Attorney General Brian E. Frosh who gave a passionate and inspiring address on his focus for safeguarding vulnerable populations including people with disabilities, the elderly and minority groups who can be victims of abuse. One of his many goals is to seek out and prosecute those that abuse them. The Employment Awards were presented by The Honorable Brian E. Frosh, Suzanne Page, Assistant Superintendent, Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS), Carol Beatty, Secretary, Maryland Department of Disabilities and Bob Hofmann, President & CEO, Maryland Works, Inc. The program’s Master of Ceremonies was Michael Bullis, Executive Director of the Image Center and Chairperson of Maryland Works’ Board of Directors.

Awards were presented to the following individuals: 

Employee of the Year
Benjamin Smith

Workforce Professional of the Year
Linda Grygiel, Intineris, Inc.

Employer of the Year
Cinemark Towson

Provider of the Year
Jewish Social Services Agency – Special Employment Services

Business Owner of theYear
Annie Taubenfeld – Anniegrams

Transition Professional of the Year
Mary Pat Dye

President’s Award
Dr. Christy Stuart
Sponsors for the event include: Gold: Chimes MD/DC  Silver –  Alliance, Ardmore Enterprises, Benedictine, Center for Social Change, Inc., Developmental Disabilities Administration, Didlake, Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS), HNB, LLC, The League for People with Disabilities, M&T Bank, NCIA, Penn-Mar Human Services, St.Peter's Adult Learning Center, WegmansBronze – The Arc Baltimore, The Arc Central Chesapeake Region, The Arc Northern Chesapeake, Cornerstone Montgomery, Falcon Solutions, LLC., Griffin-Hammis Associates, LLC., Humanim


DDA Releases Two-Year Rate Setting Study Report

On Friday, November 3rd the Maryland Department of Health’s Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) released a two-year developmental disabilities service provider rate setting study. The rate study will allow the DDA to move from a prospective to a reimbursement payment model and streamline the payment process. There are four major advantages of the system recommended by the rate study:

  • Providers will receive the same payment for providing the same level of support.
  • Individuals will be supported by a flexible system that allows for changes in service authorization to meet needs without requiring a change in contract or rate – allowing for portability so individuals can easily relocate without financial concerns about care.
  • Increased accountability in the provider community and within DDA, including additional rate transparency around the authorization and payment for staffing required for individual care.
  • The system will be responsive both to different levels of support needs and local economic conditions through predetermined calculations for adjustment.

A series of town hall meetings are being held in each of DDA’s four regions for stakeholders to provide input on the results of the study. Each town hall will last from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Eastern Shore Region
Monday, November 13, 2017 at the Holiday Inn Express, 8561 Ocean Gateway

Easton, Md.
Western Maryland Region
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at the Ramada Inn, 718 Underpass Way, Hagerstown, MD 21740

Central Maryland Region
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at the Central Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, MD 21045

Southern Maryland Region
Thursday, November 16, 2017 at the Southern Bowie Comfort Inn, 4500 Crain Hwy, Bowie, MD 20716

To read the report click here

Source: DDA

State Accepting Proposals to Invest in Apprenticeships

Kelly M. Schulz, Secretary of the Maryland Department of Labor today announced that the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation has received exclusive Federal funding to establish an Apprenticeship Innovation Fund. The Federal grant allows Maryland to provide incentives for innovative apprenticeship solutions for Maryland’s businesses. This initial investment of more than $620,000 is a part of a United States Department of Labor ApprenticeshipUSA Expansion Grant, which was awarded to Maryland in October 2016.

“We are excited about this great opportunity for Maryland’s businesses. This new funding award spotlights the Maryland Department of Labor's deep commitment to the Apprenticeship model as a win/win for Maryland businesses and working families alike. The plan is for Maryland businesses to use this opportunity to invest in their company, their communities and the State by investing in offering apprenticeships,” said Maryland Labor Secretary Kelly M. Schulz.

The Maryland Department of Labor plans to use this award to more strategically align apprenticeships with Maryland’s workforce system, to expand existing traditional apprenticeship opportunities and to create new opportunities grounded in labor market demand. The Apprenticeship Innovation Fund will provide seed money to businesses committed to creating new apprenticeship opportunities to meet their workforce talent pipeline needs.Under the leadership of Governor Larry Hogan, Maryland has increased apprenticeships from 7,186 in 2012 to more than 9,500 by the end of 2016.

For more information about Maryland apprenticeship opportunities, please visit theMaryland Department of Labor website, e-mail the Department’s Apprenticeship team, or contact the Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning at (410) 767-2173.

Source: DLLR






































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