July 2018 Monthly News & Updates


Leadership from Maryland's Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) and the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) met on June 21st to officially sign an updated Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two State Agencies.  

The MOU outlines joint definitions, agency responsibilities and ongoing collaboration efforts to increase employment outcomes for people with disabilities. 
Sue Page, Assistant Superintendent, DORS &
Bernard Simons, Deputy Secretary, DDA

In August, both agencies will be scheduling a joint webinar to outline and highlight items that might be of interest to both DORS and DDA service providers. The webinar will also be used to outline ongoing training and collaboration efforts between the two agencies, including the scheduling of regional stakeholder town halls.

Employment Services: Bringing it all Together!

New waivers, new service definitions, 14c phase out, hourly billing, organizational transformation, site compliance, new vision for service delivery! 
Trying to make sense of it all? 

Join Staci Jones, Statewide Career and Employment  Services Coordinator for a walk through the basics of the vision and systems 
change related to DDA Employment and 
Meaningful Day services.

This session will be recorded and uploaded to the DDA webinar page.  

****Note that the date and time  has changed for this webinar. The info below is the correct. 

Date: Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Time10:00 a.m. -11:30 a.m.  

Click here to register for this webinar. 
APSE Conference 2018

Maryland Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) members joined other national and international members in Orlando in June for the national conference held in Orlando, FL.  APSE is a  national membership organization devoted to Employment First with a focus on creating change in public policy to ensure equitable employment for individuals with disabilities.

The conference provided extensive opportunities for members to hear from national subject matter experts on a wide variety of topics including: public policy updates, technology, emerging practices, self-advocacy, employer engagement and many more. 

APSE leaders continued their call to action to focus on policies and practices that support the increase of employment outcomes for people with disabilities, while continuing moves that would end segregated outcomes and practices. 

For more information about APSE and their resources Click Here. 
 Webinar Series Wrap-up

Join us f or the third and final installment of our 3 part webinar series on Community Based Non-Work. 

Date:  July 20, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Topic 3: Managing community-based services: A completely different ball game. Hear about marketing community-based services, scheduling and supporting community-based staff, using technology to connect your team, and funding services in Maryland.

Sara Murphy, M.A. , is a Senior Associate at TransCen, Inc. and the Director of TransCen's WorkLink program, a nationally-recognized, employment service for job seekers with disabilities. She has a bachelor's degree in Behavioral Disabilities/ Special Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an master's degree in Special Education and Rehabilitation Counseling from San Francisco State University. For the past 30 years, Murphy's focus has been on school-to-work and employment for individuals with disabilities. She has extensive experience in transition and direct services, customized employment, employer engagement, program development and service transformation.  

As part of TransCen's consultation team, Murphy provides technical assistance and training for a number of state agencies, school districts and service providers across the country. She also participates in federal and state initiatives, including the Social Security Administration's Youth Transition Demonstration Projects, Department of Labor's Office of Disability and Employment Policy (ODEP) Customized Employment Demonstration Projects and the California Employment Consortium for Youth (CECY).
Attention Hiring Managers of Human Services and Related Organizations

MD PROMISE is a joint initiative between the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Social Security Administration, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the U.S. Department of Labor. Grantees received 5-year funding from the U.S. Department of Education to develop, implement, and evaluate a service model that promotes positive outcomes for children who receive SSI. 

Qualified supervisors, case managers and employment specialists from MD PROMISE are now looking for new employment opportunities as this major project enters the final months of direct service (ending in September 2018).  If you are an organization who looking job candidates, please send an email along with the location of the position you are seeking to fill.  We will forward you resumes of any MD PROMISE staff who are looking for work in that area.  MD PROMISE is statewide so staff are available from Western Maryland to the Eastern Shore.  

Staff can be available either full or part time (transitioning to full time the end of September) between now and the end of September.  Please note that most of the staff have received ACRE training and are certified. Current PROMISE salaries start at approximately $35,000 to 37,000.   
Email requests can be sent in the attention of:   Venessa.Onwuchekwa@maryland.gov
Please forward this email to others who may be seeking to hire skilled staff in these areas.  

EFSLMP Provider Transformation 
2.0 Webinar Series Recordings Available

The Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program (EFSLMP) Provider Transformation 2.0 Webinar Series is underway. These webinars are designed for community rehabilitation providers (CRPs) who have already begun to transform their service delivery model to one with an emphasis on competitive, integrated employment as the priority outcome for the people served. 

May 31, 2018 Webinar #6: Funding Diversification: Local, State, Federal Examples + How to advocate for it; Phasing Out Reliance on Facility-Based Contracts [Strategic Planning, Operations Focus]
Facilitators: Rachel Pollock; Genni Sasnett
Recording Link: http://econsys.adobeconnect.com/pg7vfmjygn4d/ 
Materials may be downloaded from the webinar recording link.

March 15, 2018 Webinar #1 :
Redesigning Your Organization : Board, CEO, CFO, Middle Management, Front Line Staff, Employers & Stakeholders [Leadership, Strategic Planning, Operations Focus] 
Facilitators: Karen Lee; Thomas "Tom" Wilds
Recording Link:  http://econsys.adobeconnect.com/p7tkr58c4852/ 
Meeting materials may be downloaded from the webinar recording link.

March 29, 2018 Webinar #2: Staff Development, Recruitment, and Restructuring: "How To" Examples of Effective Restructuring; Where to Focus Attention on Transformation [Operations Focus, Workforce Focus]
Facilitators: Dale Verstegen; Gail Fanjoy
Recording Link: http://econsys.adobeconnect.com/pgsuopqrw5lr/
Meeting materials may be downloaded from the webinar recording link.

April 12, 2018 Webinar #3: Staff Training Specifics: Developing Internal Trainers, Meaningful Day Integration, Best Practices, Transportation Solutions, Sample Job Descriptions/Work Day Schedules [Workforce Focus]
Facilitators: Genni Sasnett; Gail Fanjoy
Recording Link:  http://econsys.adobeconnect.com/pl75jxwpbinc/
Meeting materials may be downloaded from the webinar recording link.

April 26, 2018 Webinar #4 : Stakeholder Engagement : How to Listen; Considering Real Choices; Working Effectively with Families, Self-Advocates, Employers, Policymakers, and Advocacy Organizations [Customer Focus]
Facilitators: Sean Roy; Pat Rogan
Recording Link:  http://econsys.adobeconnect.com/pubg7d48k2yx/  
Meeting materials may be downloaded from the webinar recording link.

May 10, 2018 Webinar #5: The Importance of Effective Advocacy for Better Policy : Collaboration, Coalitions, Communities of Practice, and Capacity  Building  at the Local Level [Leadership, Strategic Planning Focus]
Facilitators: Rachel Pollock, Karen Lee
Recording Link:  http://econsys.adobeconnect.com/ptexej2px5on/    Meeting materials may be downloaded from the webinar recording link.


By Lance Robertson, ACL Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging

The right to live independently, integrated into the community, is a cornerstone of the disability rights movement. It's also the core of the mission for the Administration for Community Living - it's even built into our name.  ACL was created around the fundamental principle that all people, regardless of age or disability, should be able to live independently and fully participate in their communities.

For decades, people with disabilities have worked to turn this principle into a reality. Looking at this history, certain moments stand out as turning points. For example, the passage and implementation of landmark legislation including the Americans with Disabilities Act, Rehabilitation Act, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act have each helped make community living possible for more Americans.

Today, we celebrate the anniversary of another important milestone. Nineteen years ago, the Supreme Court ruled in Olmstead v L.C. that people with disabilities cannot be unnecessarily segregated into institutions (like nursing homes and other facilities) and must receive services in the most integrated setting possible.

The Olmstead decision opened the door to innovations and programs that make services and supports more available, allowing people to live the lives they choose, in the communities they choose, with family and friends. It also has given the aging and disability networks a new tool to advance community living. I am proud of the work ACL, the predecessor organizations it brought together in 2012, and the many organizations we fund have done to fulfill Olmstead's promise and make a difference in peoples' lives.

The Lead Center Resources

Click here to read June's Lead Center Newsletter. 

Looking for Stories

Do you have success stories or promising practices to share related to competitive, integrated employment or community integration?  If so, please contact DDA's Communication Director at Tana.Stevenson@Maryland.gov.   

Things we would like to highlight:

1.   Self-employment

2.   Use of technical assistance

3.   Creative supports and services for people with medical or personal 

      care needs

4.   Stories about community membership

5.   Creative organizational structures, policies, training or service          



Want to read success stories?  Click here!

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