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Maryland Works & The MarylandDD Council Announce a New Funding Opportunity To improve and expand the ways people with developmental disabilities are supported to be employed and have meaningful days Transforming & Improving Practices through Customized Technical Assistance (TIP Grants)

The purpose of this initiative is to improve the employment outcomes of people with developmental disabilities by supporting community service providers licensed by the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration to build, expand and sustain effective skills, capacity and competencies. Funds may be used to obtain customized technical assistance to improve the way services are provided resulting in more people with developmental disabilities:being supported to get and keep meaningful work they want in their communities,making decent wages and having meaningful days in the community when not working.

Selected providers will receive technical assistance from subject matter experts and ongoing peer-to-peer mentoring to address the issues outlined in their proposals that lead to improved employment and community-based outcomes for people with developmental disabilities.

Two pre-proposal information sessions will be held. The purpose and topics of the pre-proposal information sessions will be the same. The pre-proposal information sessions will be the only opportunity to ask questions. Attendance, however, is not mandatory.

* In-person Information Sessionwill be held on July 21, 2017at11:00 a.m. at Maryland Works, 10270 Old Columbia Road, Suite 100, Columbia, MD 20146. If you require an accommodation at the in-person Information Session, notify Jay Stewart at MD Works by July 14, 2016 via email at or 410-381-8660.

* Conference call Information SessionJuly 24,2017at11:00 a.m. To be on the call, email or call Faye Bell-Boulware at the DD Council to register and get call-in information: 410-767-6249 or 800-305-6441 ext. 1

To be considered, proposals MUST be received by August 16, 2017 at 12:00pm (noon).

Email your application to Jay Stewart:

Governor Hogan Vetoes Paid Sick Leave Bill

Governor Larry Hogan recently vetoed paid sick leave legislation with hopes of reaching a compromise with Democrats by the time next year's legislative session begins. The Governor stated, "This is not a decision being made lightly. I am vetoing it because it is the right course of action for the state's economy. This is not the end of the discussion, rather it's the beginning of the discussion to get this right."

The Maryland Healthy Working Families Act would have required employers with 15 or more employees to provide up to five days of paid sick leave, or one hour for every 30 worked. Businesses with fewer than 15 employees have to provide five unpaid sick days. Hogan previously promised to veto the legislation, saying it would be "dead on arrival" when it reached his desk.

Although the Governor vetoed the paid sick leave bill, the Governor said he will sign three executive orders demonstrating his commitment to making paid sick leave available to Maryland workers. One of the executive orders will form a task force led by Secretary of Labor Kelly Schulz to study paid sick leave, interview employers across the state and come up with a viable option that will not harm small businesses. The task force will submit a report on its findings in December. Another executive order will provide paid sick leave to contractual employees who work within the executive branch. Hogan suggested House Speaker Michael E. Busch, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., and the judicial branch do the same.

Source: Baltimore Buess Journal

President Trump's Proposed Budet Would Hurt People with Disabilities

President Trump's proposed budget includes billions of dollars in reductions to social service programs over the next decade, including one that has received a lot of attention: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). The long-standing program, designed primarily to protect workers who become injured or disabled, currently serves nearly 9 million Americans, generally between the ages of 18 and 64, as well as almost 2 million of their dependents. Under President Trump’s proposed budget, SSDI would bear a large share of the overall cuts, with approximately $70 billion slashed from its budget over the next 10 years. Trump's proposed budget would also reduce benefits through another, smaller program known as Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

For additional resources from Associated Press, click here.

For additional reading on the cuts to SSDI and SSI, click here.


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.

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