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Maryland Works Offers Free Online Job Coaching 101 Training Exclusively To Provider Network Members
 

Maryland Works is pleased to offer another free member benefit exclusively to our Provider Network members: The Online Job Coaching 101 Training Course. Maryland Works Online Job Coaching 101 Training Course was developed in consultation with nationally renowned subject matter experts, Transcen, with input from DDA, BHA and DORS. A special thank you goes to the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council for their financial support.  

 

This course was developed as an orientation for new Job Coaches in the state of Maryland. It provides an overview of the history of disability services and how Maryland approaches the expansion of employment through developing new jobs, teaching skills and supporting new employment sites. This self-paced training will let your new staff know what is to be expected of them and will increase their knowledge on how to assist employees with disabilities in order to help them become and remain successful. This four-module course consists of webinars and PDF copies of PowerPoint slides for downloading along with a number of activities that engage trainees and allow them to apply those concepts after successfully completing all four modules. Each module concludes with a self-grading quiz and all trainees who successfully complete the four modules will be issued a Certificate of Completion from Maryland Works. 

 

The Online Job Coaching 101 Training consists of four (approx. 1.5-hour) training modules:

  • Module 1: Roles and Responsibilities
  • Module 2: Teaching New Skills: A Job Coach’s Toolkit
  • Module 3: Setting Goals, Measuring Success and Reporting Progress
  • Module 4: Stabilization, Encouraging Independence and Fading Coaching Support

For Provider Network members to register for the online training a link is provided below to the Maryland Works website to create an account and then register.  If you have an account set-up there is no need to create a new one. Once your registration has been received and approved; an email will be sent to you from the email that was provided within 48 hours for access to the online training. Provider Network members can utilize the Online Job Coaching 101 training as needed for staff training.

 

Online Job Coaching 101 Registration Link

 

Maryland Works is proud to offer this course at no charge to our Provider Network members as our goal is to help you build a solid foundation for your new Job Coaches and equip new staff with the knowledge and resources necessary to improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities.

 

Maryland's COVID State of Emergency Has Ended. What Does That Mean Exactly?

The COVID-19 State of Emergency came to an end this past Sunday, 528 days after it was initially declared by Governor Larry Hogan. The governor is moving forward with the end of the state of emergency despite urgings from democratic leaders concerned that it is too soon with the resurgence of cases due to the Delta variant. Gov. Hogan said that many of the emergency steps have been integrated into the state’s long-term response. 

Click here for a look at what will change  

Source: Baltimore Sun

 

Governor Hogan Unveils FY22 Budget Focused on Education, Tax Relief and Economic Recovery
 

Governor Larry Hogan recently unveiled his Fiscal Year 2022 (FY 2022) recovery budget, which makes record investments in K-12 education and public health, provides substantial tax relief to struggling Marylanders and small businesses, expands resources for crime prevention and fighting the opioid epidemic, fully funds Chesapeake Bay restoration, and lays a strong foundation for the state’s economic recovery.

 

Education Funding

  • Governor Hogan’s budget provides a record $7.5 billion for K-12 education, above and beyond the legislature’s funding formulas.
  • Record funding of $25.9 million for home- and community-based support for children with autism, an increase of more than $750,000 from FY 2021 and a 30% overall increase under Governor Hogan.
  • $3.4 million in additional funding to bring the Broadening Options and Opportunities for Students Today Program to $10 million, restoring funding to provide scholarships for low-income students from areas with under-performing schools to attend non-public schools.
  • Full funding of the state aid formulas for the Maryland School for the Deaf and the Maryland School for the Blind (MSB), including an additional $400,000 to ensure that state aid for MSB does not decline.
  • The FY 2022 budget includes $151 million to continue a successful tutoring program implemented in FY 2021 to assist students most at risk of learning loss.
  • The FY 2022 budget makes record investments in the community college network across Maryland. Under the Hogan administration, funding per student at the community colleges has grown by 57%.
  • For the sixth year in a row, tuition growth at state colleges and universities will be limited to 2%.

 

Services for Vulnerable Populations

  • $1.2 billion in federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits for more than 341,000 households.
  • $132 million in heating and electricity assistance benefits for 255,000 households.
  • $4.5 million to help mitigate the impact of the “benefit cliff ” for newly employed recipients of public assistance by providing continued assistance for up to three months as the client transitions to new employment—one of the recommendations of the Two-Generation Family Economic Security Commission.
  • $3 million to provide short-term rental subsidies and case management services for youth experiencing homelessness as part of a plan to continue reducing the state’s homeless population, which has already dropped by 22% since 2015.
  • $2.4 million to provide a 4% increase to the Temporary Disability Assistance Program (TDAP) monthly benefit.
  • Nearly $13.5 billion for Maryland’s Medicaid program—providing health coverage to over 1.5 million Marylanders, including more than 143,000 children through the Maryland Children’s Health Program.
  • More than $1.4 billion in support for developmental disabilities community services (a growth rate of 4% over FY 2021), including an additional $25.6 million to expand services.
  • $124 million to fund provider rate increases in the fields of behavioral health, developmental disabilities, and other healthcare services, including more than $41 million to implement the rate increase six months early on January 1, 2021.
  • The governor’s budget includes nearly $62 million to fully fund the local health grant formula, along with a new block grant program to increase funding for local health departments. Under the Hogan administration, funding for local health departments has grown by 43%.
  • The governor’s budget includes more than $1.8 million to expand the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) that allows seniors to remain in home and community-based settings.
     

 

Enhanced Services for Seniors

State support to expand and develop community programs for Maryland’s aging population has increased 29%, from $18.3 million in FY 2015 to $23.6 million in FY 2022. Over the same period, a total of nearly $23 million has been dedicated to providing enhanced food supplement benefits to households with seniors. New initiatives instituted under the Hogan administration continuing into FY 2022 include:

  • $1.2 million for the Durable Medical Equipment program to collect, repair, sterilize, and redistribute used equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers, and adaptive devices.
  • $600,000 to expand Community for Life membership around the state, which provides home maintenance, transportation, and service navigation to older Marylanders living in defined geographic locations.
  • $520,000 for the Senior Call Check Service and Notification Program which provides automated calls to participants and, if necessary, follow-up calls to their representatives to help seniors remain healthy, to warn them about potential scams, and to inform them about available supportive services.
     

Tax and Stimulus Relief for Marylanders

  • This budget aims to stimulate Maryland’s economy with the implementation of Governor Hogan’s recently announced $1 billion RELIEF Act, an emergency legislative package that will provide more than $1 billion in direct stimulus and tax relief for Maryland working families, small businesses, and those who have lost their jobs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • To address the state’s sky-high retirement taxes, the governor’s budget calls for a major $1 billion tax cut for all Maryland retirees.
  • The governor’s budget calls for expanding the Hometown Heroes Tax Credit, to exempt law enforcement, fire and rescue, corrections, and emergency response personnel from state tax on all retirement income specific to their service. It also calls for increasing the tax exemption for all military retiree pensions.


 

Public Health

  • Nearly $13.5 billion for Maryland’s Medicaid program—providing health coverage to upwards of 1.5 million Marylanders, including more than 143,000 children through the Maryland Children’s Health Program.
  • More than $1.4 billion in support for developmental disabilities community services (a growth rate of 4% over FY 2021), including an additional $25.6 million to expand services and reduce the waiting list—plus a $10 million deficiency for FY 2021 to specifically address ongoing costs related to COVID-19.
  • $124 million to fund provider rate increases in the fields of behavioral health, developmental disabilities, and other healthcare services, including more than $41 million to implement the rate increase six months early on January 1, 2021.
  • Nearly $62 million to fully fund the local health grant formula, along with $4 million to establish a new block grant program for local health departments—helping ensure that Marylanders in every locality are protected by state-of the-art public health emergency practices and facilities.
  • $8 million to maintain physician evaluation and management rates at 93% of the rate reimbursed by Medicare.
  • More than $1.8 million to expand the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) that allows seniors to remain in home and community-based settings. Overall, under Governor Hogan, funding to support individuals with developmental disabilities in the community has increased by $487 million (or 50%), and funding for local health departments has grown by a total of $19.4 million (a 43% increase).


 

Mental Health and Substance Abuse

The governor’s budget provides record funding for mental health and substance abuse programs. In FY 2022, more than $978 million in direct state support is dedicated to various services and initiatives, including:

  • $296 million for substance use disorder services, a $35 million (or 13%) increase over FY 2021.
  • $231.8 million for mental health and substance use disorder treatment for the uninsured population, another record-high investment resulting from a 14% annual increase.
  • More than $10 million to fund the activities of the Opioid Operational Command Center, marking the fifth annual installment of funding and a total investment of more than $50 million by Governor Hogan.
  • $5 million for grants to local behavioral health authorities—$1 million more than what was provided last year.

Workforce Development

  • $8.5 million for the EARN program, which supports innovative and industry-led workforce development initiatives across the state.
  • $3.8 million over two years for Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) Program schools, including record funding of more than $1.9 million in FY 2022, to provide graduates with a high school diploma and a two-year postsecondary degree in a STEM field from an accredited community college.
  • Record funding of $3.2 million for the state’s apprenticeship program which, despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, has seen the number of active apprentices grow to more than 11,000 for the first time in program history.
  • $3.1 million for the Baltimore City YouthWorks and Summer Youth program, bolstering efforts to create job opportunities for youth in Baltimore City and neighboring areas.
  • $2.5 million for the Cyber Warrior Diversity program to train students at the state’s historically black universities and at Baltimore City Community College in skills necessary for computer networking and cybersecurity careers.
  • $1.2 million for Workforce Shortage Student Assistance grants to provide aid to students studying in eligible areas facing perpetual workforce shortages.
  • $1 million for Workforce Development Sequence Scholarships for students enrolled in programs related to job preparation or apprenticeships, licensure or certification, or job skill enhancement.
  • $750,000 for the Law Enforcement Cadet Apprenticeship Program designed to help create career pathways in law enforcement.
  • $100,000 for the Apprenticeship Career Training pilot program for formerly incarcerated individuals.

 

Click here to access the Governor’s FY22 Budget and Highlights.