Council Awards $70,000 to Provide Technical Assistance 
Technical assistance provides targeted support that enables organizations to do the work they do better, more efficiently and creatively. The Council recently provided a total of $70,000 for technical assistance to several Maryland service providers.

Transforming and Improving Practices Through Customized Technical Assistance

Six service providers licensed by the Developmental Disabilities Administration received funding through Transforming and Improving Practices through Customized Technical Assistance grants, or TIP grants. Ultimately, the funding will improve employment outcomes of people with developmental disabilities. The grants allow providers to improve the way services are provided, building their capacity so that more people with developmental disabilities are supported to obtain and keep the meaningful work they want in their communities and to have meaningful days when not working. 

The organizations that received funding are the Chesapeake Center, Chesterwye Center, CHI Center, Harford Center, St. Peter's Adult Learning Center, and Star Community. 

This is the fourth round of TIP grants the Council has funded, providing 41 organizations with technical assistance. 

Eastern Shore Provider Transformation Community of Practice, United Needs and Abilities, Inc.

Twelve community service providers in the community of practice received funding to improve the success of the Employment First initiatives. A subject matter expert will work with the organizations' leaders to address barriers to transportation, recruitment, and retention of direct support professionals and improve and enhance stakeholder buy-in and support.  

The ultimate goal of the assistance is to support more people with developmental disabilities to get and keep the meaningful work they want in their communities, and have meaningful days when they are not working. Over 2,000 individuals with disabilities and almost 4,000 staff in all nine Eastern Shore counties will benefit directly from the improved approach and success of this joint initiative.

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