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State VR Rates and Services

A list of services offered by this state’s Vocational Rehabilitation agency, along with the standard rates paid for the performance of those services.

PDF icon Maryland’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
90.04%
Change from
2014 to 2015
60,006,401
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
4.19%
Change from
2014 to 2015
328,697
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
6.43%
Change from
2014 to 2015
131,573
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
2.35%
Change from
2014 to 2015
40.03%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
1.31%
Change from
2014 to 2015
79.25%

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 5,928,814 5,976,407 60,006,401
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 321,409 314,928 328,697
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 128,710 123,117 131,573
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 2,662,053 2,676,880 2,702,355
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 40.05% 39.09% 40.03%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 78.28% 78.21% 79.25%
Overall unemployment rate. 6.60% 5.80% 5.10%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 17.70% 17.60% 16.90%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 9.20% 9.20% 8.90%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 292,504 287,993 302,977
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 330,178 336,312 341,118
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 389,028 383,387 394,100
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 185,453 191,461 200,943
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 27,191 28,608 30,255
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 2,432 2,061 2,314
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 22,498 19,672 19,939
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A 316 559
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 14,391 18,122 16,358
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 8,746 8,286 9,882

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2016
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 5,938 5,869 6,165
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 5.70% 5.60% 5.80%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 129,435 130,696 131,074

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 14,247 17,501 17,019
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 33,755 39,108 37,890
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 73,514 83,037 74,986
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 19.40% 21.10% 22.70%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 4.90% 4.80% N/A
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 15.10% 15.20% N/A
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 5.30% 5.10% N/A
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 2,922 3,132 N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 9,084 9,864 N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 3,159 3,317 N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A N/A N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 10,425 9,388 8,821
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.06 0.07 0.08

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2012 2013 2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 68 56 56
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 44 35 34
Percentage of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment relative to total the number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work. 65.00% 63.00% 61.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 0.75 0.59 0.57

 

VR OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
4,302
4,283
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 254 240 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 286 287 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 583 549 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 1,270 1,227 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 739 797 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 1,170 1,183 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 31.60% N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 9,468 10,033 10,178
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 205,338 208,223 204,612
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 340 N/A N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $83,798,000 $77,307,000 $75,204,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $0 $0 $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $148,366,000 $134,162,000 $144,015,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $0 $0 $0
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 40.00% 40.00% 39.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 0 N/A N/A
Number of people served in facility based work. 0 N/A N/A
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 7,470 7,652 8,051
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 83.70 84.50 85.20

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 67.97% 68.40% 68.86%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 13.34% 13.26% 13.12%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 6.94% 6.97% 6.89%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 98.70% 99.96% 99.66%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14a). 23.10% 26.70% 23.90%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14b). 56.73% 59.41% 49.18%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or in some other postsecondary education or training program; or competitively employed or in some other employment within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14c). 85.36% 82.59% 56.32%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Subset of Indicator 14). 33.63% 32.71% 25.28%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 4,727,875
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 5,994
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 267,634
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 2,927,591
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 3,195,225
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 162
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 2,256
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 2,418
AbilityOne wages (products). $2,320,330
AbilityOne wages (services). $37,326,061

 

WAGE AND HOUR DIVISION: 14(c) CERTIFICATE-HOLDING ENTITIES OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 5 2
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 41 35 35
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 3 3
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 43 40
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding private businesses. N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 885 408
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 3,469 3,470
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 393 393
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 4,747 4,271

 


SB 0344/HB0448 “Maryland Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Program - Account Clarifications” - 04/11/2017

~~“Clarifying that a specified amount may be contributed in each calendar year to an account for a disabled individual under the Maryland Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Program; providing that contributions to an ABLE account may not exceed a specified maximum amount; and requiring the Maryland 529 Board to adopt specified procedures to ensure that specified contributions to ABLE accounts do not exceed a specified maximum limit.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

HB 420/SB 417: Ken Capone Equal Employment Act (EEA) - 05/19/2016

MDLC Board member Ken Capone, People on the Go, MDLC, and other advocates and coalition partners led this strong and successful effort to abolish the payment of subminimum wages to people with disabilities in Maryland. Like SB 765, the bill will become a national model when signed into law and make Maryland the second U.S. state to eliminate this discriminatory exception to Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938. The EEA will phase out “sheltered workshops” that pay people as little as pennies per hour and require the Maryland Department of Disabilities and the Developmental Disabilities Administration to implement a 4-year transition plan to move individuals from segregated day programs to competitive integrated employment. MDLC participates on the Employment First Steering Committee that is developing the policies and infrastructure to support transition to competitive integrated employment.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

HB 431/SB 355: ABLE Act - 04/12/2016

 Federal law enacted in December 2014 authorized states to establish tax-advantaged savings program to help people with disabilities save limited amounts for disability-related expenses (such as health care, assistive technology, education, employment supports and housing) without losing eligibility for certain public benefits. Maryland legislation enacted in 2015 established the ABLE Task Force to make recommendations for an ABLE Program, resulting in this year’s bill. College Savings Plans of Maryland and the Maryland Department of Disabilities and will co-manage the program. Governor Hogan committed $745,000 for program start-up costs and signed the legislation into law on April 12, 2016.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Maryland HB 473 - 05/12/2015

Altering the amount of a credit against specified State taxes for wages and child care or transportation expenses related to qualified employees with disabilities; and applying the Act to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2014.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
Citations

Maryland SB 761 - 05/12/2015

“BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF MARYLAND, That: (a) “Maryland ABLE Program” means a program in Maryland allowing disabled individuals or their families to establish savings accounts to pay qualified expenses for disabled individuals authorized under the federal Achieving a Better Life Experience  (ABLE) Act.  (b) It is the intent of the General Assembly that the State establish a Maryland ABLE Program.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
Citations

Executive Order 01.01.2009.10 Maryland Disability History and Awareness Month - 07/26/2009

“Now, therefore, I, Martin O’Malley, Governor of the State of Maryland […] hereby proclaim the following executive order, effective immediately.

State of Maryland Executive Branch agencies shall annually observe October as Disability History and Awareness Month.

The Department of Disabilities shall take steps to increase public awareness of the history of disabilities and the disability rights movement […]

The Maryland State Department of Education shall encourage and assist local boards of education to provide instruction in the history of disabilities, people with disabilities, and the disability rights movement during the observance of Disability History Awareness Month.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maryland Executive Order 01.01.2007.13 - 08/02/2007

"It is the policy of the State of Maryland to ensure a smooth and effective transition for all students with disabilities from secondary education to adult services such as postsecondary education and employment; and to provide transition planning for students and families that is student focused and family-centered, based on individual strengths and needs, utilizes best practices, and leads to outcomes in the most integrated setting appropriate; and It is deemed necessary to establish an Interagency Transition Council to recommend policies and identify the funding requirements to ensure effective, efficient, and comprehensive delivery of services that will most effectively meet the transition needs of Maryland students with disabilities."

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

“WIOA, Competitive Integrated Employment, and VR Funding” - 01/11/2017

~~“The Individualized Plan for Employment for a DORS consumer must include a specific employment goal that is consistent with the general goal of competitive integrated employment.  For an employment outcome to be considered competitive integrated employment, WIOA regulations require that the outcome satisfy the following criteria to be permitted under the Vocational Rehabilitation program:1.competitive earnings2.integrated location3.opportunities for advancement

If an individual’s employment fails to satisfy any one of these three components, the employment will not meet the definition of competitive integrated employment and will no longer be allowed under the VR program. Please see the Competitive Integrated Employment Fact Sheet (below) for clarification regarding the definition of competitive integrated employment and frequently asked questions.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services

“Governor’s Interagency Transition Council for Youth with Disabilities” - 09/30/2016

“The primary responsibility of the IATC is to review, revise and update annually the Interagency State Plan for Transitioning Youth with Disabilities to ensure effective interagency planning and delivery of services for secondary students with disabilities. Additionally, the IATC is tasked with identifying and reporting activities of each partner which impact the delivery, quality and availability of transition services. The IATC also serves in an advisory capacity to all transition-related federal grants.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

“FY2017 Interagency State Plan for Transitioning Youth with Disabilities” - 07/01/2016

“This is a document of the approved goals for students with disabilities who are transitioning from high school to post-secondary school or employment.” It consists of a set of tables, one for each goal, that lists the measures and strategies that have been developed for the goal,and the data sources and agencies that are involved in each one.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

VR (Vocational Rehabilitation) & IL(Independent Living) Policies and Procedures Manual Section 800 “Supported Employment” - 06/01/2014

“Supported employment is competitive work in an integrated work setting, or employment in integrated work settings in which individuals are working towards competitive work, with ongoing support services for individuals with the most significant disabilities. It is for individuals for whom competitive employment has not traditionally occurred or for whom competitive employment has been interrupted or intermittent as a result of a most significant disability; and who, because of the nature and severity of their disabilities, need intensive supported employment services from the Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) and subsequent extended services funded by another entity (usually MHA, DDA or the Governor’s Employment Program for Individuals with Acquired Brain Injury) in order to perform this work.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

MD State Activities to Implement Employment First - 05/02/2013

“Maryland APSE continues to participate as a member of Maryland’s statewide Employment First Workgroup, in partnership with a number of stakeholders… The work group as developed draft regulations for Employment First in Maryland and outcomes and outcomes.  Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration has also developed a position statement based on the work of the collaborative statewide Employment First Workgroup.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maryland WorkFORCE Promise - 02/01/2010

“Our mission is to promote the personal and professional independence of individuals with disabilities by effecting systems change to eliminate barriers to employment.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Temporary Disability Assistance

“The Temporary Disability Assistance Program (TDAP) is available to help low-income, disabled Marylanders through a period of short-term disability or while they are awaiting approval of federal disability support. The program is funded through the State of Maryland to provide help to individuals without dependent children.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Maryland Workforce Promise Customized Employment Definition

“Customized Employment is…”

Individualizing the employment relationship between employees and employers in ways that meet the needs of both A person centered approach to employment that is based on the individual’s Strengths Needs Interests Blend of services designed to increase employment options for individuals with significant disabilities  
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Public Engagement Strategies Redefine “No Wrong Door” in Maryland

For over ten years Maryland has refined its NWD/ADRC initiative, known as Maryland Access Points (MAP). The term “Maryland Access Point” was chosen to remove any semblance of preferences for “aging” or “disability” being first in the name, as Maryland wanted its NWD/ADRC to be seen as access points for all individuals needing LTSS. Starting in 2008, Maryland formally initiated its branding process and hired a consultant to construct a marketing plan for consumers and providers that eliminated system fragmentation, increased awareness of LTSS, and focused on prevention of crises. The state launched a toll free number in August 2014 and a new website in February 2015.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Maryland Department of Human Resources, Office of Employment and Program Equity

The Maryland Department of Human Resources is committed to the principle of fair practices and equal opportunity for all of its employees and customers. The Office of Employment and Program Equity has the primary responsibility for ensuring the effectiveness and success of the Department’s comprehensive Equal Opportunity Program. Programs include:

1.        Equal Employment Opportunity

2.        Affirmative Action

3.        Minority Business Enterprises

4.        Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance Program

5.        Title VI Compliance

6.        Program Equity

7.        Complaint Investigations

8.        DHR Mediation Program

          9.        Training and Technical Support

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Maryland Department of Education “Understanding the Evaluation, Eligibility and Individualized Education Program (IEP) Process in Maryland”

The public agency uses a team process to decide whether a child is a student with a disability as defined by the IDEA and the educational needs of the child. Each public agency is responsible for initiating and conducting meetings for the purposes of developing, reviewing, and revising the IEP of a student with a disability, and determining the child’s educational placement. The parents of each student with a disability must be notified and afforded the opportunity to participate in any IEP team meeting conducted for their child.  Parents are members of the IEP team that makes decisions regarding the child’s educational placement. The public agency shall make reasonable efforts to ensure that the parents understand, and are able to participate in any group discussions relating to the educational placement of their child, including arranging for an interpreter for parents with deafness, or whose native language is not English.

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Rehabilitation Services “Training Customized for Your Business”

On-the-Job Training

DORS can provide funding for on-the-job training for a new employee and reimburse a business for a percentage of the new employees’ wages while they are in training.DORS also offers technical assistance and follow-along services to the trainee and the business.

Customized & Partnership Training

DORS partners with businesses and educational institutions to identify specific needs and design customized training programs to meet those needs. Training may take place at the DORS Workforce & Technology Center, on the job site, by an outside vendor, or by a combination of these settings.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement

Maryland Department of Disabilities, Response to FY 2016 Budget Hearings

In November of 2014, MDOD was designated the Lead State Agency for a technical assistance opportunity through the US Department of Labor Office on Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). The Employment First Core State Leadership Mentoring Program will provide training and assess six (6) community providers to build capacity and transform community providers on customized employment. MDOD and the State and external partners will also develop recommendations for core competencies related to customized employment within the State and identify ways to infuse Employment First initiatives into the nonresidential portion of the State’s Home and Community Based Services Waivers delivered through Medicaid.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Employment First in Maryland

In 2008/2009, the Developmental Disabilities Administration’s (DDA) engaged stakeholders in an intensive strategic planning process, including planning to improve employment outcomes for people with developmental disabilities in Maryland.   The following position statement is in support of the DDA’s broader values, mission and vision and is a product of that strategic planning process.   “The DDA believes that all people with developmental disabilities CAN work, and contribute to their community, when given opportunity, training, and supports that build on their strengths.  Employment will be the first option considered for all people of working age who receive DDA services.”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

MD Developmental Disabilities Administration Position Statement on Employment Services

"In 2008, the Developmental Disabilities Administration’s (DDA) engaged stakeholders in an intensive strategic planning process, including planning to improve employment outcomes for people with developmental disabilities in Maryland. The following position statement is in support of the DDA’s broader values, mission and vision and is a product of the strategic planning process.

Commitment: The DDA believes that all people with developmental disabilities CAN work, and contribute to their community, when given opportunity, training, and supports that build on their strengths. Position Statement: Employment will be the “first” option considered for all people of working age who receive DDA services. Vision: Every Marylander maximizes his/her career potential and employers have access to the human resources they need to be successful."  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

MD DDA Definition of Day and Employment Services

SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT “Employment in an integrated work setting. This is defined as a workplace in the community, where the majority of individuals do not have disabilities, and which provides opportunities to interact with non-disabled individual to the same extent that individuals employed in comparable position would interact. Individuals are working in individualized, integrated jobs in the community business for pay at or above minimum wage.”  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council “2017 Legislative Overview” - 04/01/2017

~~“DDA FY2018 Budget Expansion: Approximately 789 young adults with developmental disabilities leaving school will receive employment or other day services. DDA projects that 100% of transitioning youth will receive this support.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Governor’s Interagency Transition Council for Youth with Disabilities - 09/30/2016

“The primary responsibility of the IATC is to review, revise and update annually the Interagency State Plan for Transitioning Youth with Disabilities to ensure effective interagency planning and delivery of services for secondary students with disabilities. Additionally, the IATC is tasked with identifying and reporting activities of each partner which impact the delivery, quality and availability of transition services. The IATC also serves in an advisory capacity to all transition-related federal grants.”“”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

FY2017 Interagency State Plan for Transitioning Youth with Disabilities - 07/01/2016

This is a document of the approved goals for students with disabilities who are transitioning from high school to post-secondary school or employment. “

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

MD Governor’s Interagency Transition Council (IATC) - 08/02/2007

The Interagency Transition Council for youth with Disabilities (IATC) is a partnership of State and local government agencies, educators, family members and advocates.  The IATC's purpose is to help improve the policies and practices that affect Maryland students with disabilities preparing to transition from high school to adult services, college, employment, and independent living.  The current IATC was created in 2007 by an order of the Governor.

In 2010, the Governor’s Interagency Transition Council (IATC) approved a strategic plan for students with disabilities transitioning from high school. The Plan has 3 goals:

Every student with a disability will exit secondary school prepared for employment. Every student with a disability will exit secondary school aware of postsecondary education options. Every student with a disability and their family will receive support and education to successfully assist their young adult through the transition process.
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Navigating the Transition Years Handbook 2010

If your child has an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), a team of staff members is responsible for helping them with their transition planning and the implementation of their plan. If your child is on a 504 plan, they still have access to the services of a guidance counselor, transition coordinator, and Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) counselor, but you and your child may be responsible for initiating contact to access their support

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maryland Customized Employment Project

The Maryland Department of Disabilities and the Developmental Disabilities Administration recently announced a partnership with five providers of vocational services throughout the state to implement a two-year initiative aimed at addressing employment barriers for job seekers with developmental disabilities. The Maryland Customized Employment Project, funded through Kessler Foundation of New Jersey, represents a collaboration among state agencies, service providers, and the business community. The goal of the project is to increase the training of support staff in proven methods of customized employment strategies which lead to long term, competitive community work.

 

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maryland Coalition of Families for Children’s Mental Health

"Incorporated in 1999 as a private, nonprofit organization, MCF is Maryland’s statewide family network organization, a designation from the federal Substance Use and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). MCF changed its name from "Maryland Coalition of Families for Children’s Mental Health" to the "Maryland Coalition of Families" in 2016. MCF is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of at least 51% adult caregivers of a child or adolescent with a diagnosable emotional or behavioral disability. All of our family support staff are parents who have cared for a child with behavioral health needs and have been trained to help other families."
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maryland Learning Links - Transition 101

Maryland Learning Links is a site developed under federal funding through a State Improvement Grant.  It is co-owned by the Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Special Education and Early Intervention Services (MSDE), and other community stakeholders. The Transition section of the site, “ is primarily meant to provide parents with the information they need to support the successful transition of their children to adulthood.   It’s filled with… information and tools… and several timelines that can help [parents] better understand and make the most of Transition Planning and Services…”

Systems
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maryland Governor’s Transitioning Youth Initiative (GTYI)

The Governor’s Transitioning Youth Initiative (GTYI) is a collaboration funded through a partnership between the Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) and the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA).  The purpose of the Initiative is to show that all students with disabilities can work and contribute to Maryland’s future after leaving school.  The Governor's Transitioning Youth Initiative earmarks funds in the DDA budget for eligible students leaving school, regardless of the severity of their situation and their relative need for immediate services.  

 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

14(c) Certificate Program Resources - 01/21/2017

~~“This page is a list of links about the 14(C) subminimum wage program including a Q&A about career counseling for workers earning less than minimum wage and benefits planning services for subminimum wage workers.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Innovations in Maryland’s Local Workforce Plans A BEST PRACTICES GUIDE - 01/01/2017

~~“Title IV: Vocational Rehabilitation Services - Department of Rehabilitative Services (DORS)

DORS prepares people with disabilities to go to work and helps them to stay on the job. Rehabilitation counselors in DORS Region 5 field offices in Baltimore County provide or arrange for services that may include career counseling, assistive technology, vocational training and/or job placement assistance. DORS staff have specific areas of expertise to work with populations with significant disabilities. There are technical specialists who work with individuals with chronic illness, learning disabilities, traumatic brain injury, orthopedic issues, and intellectual disabilities.

In addition to services delivered via field offices, DORS also contracts with CCBC’s Center for Alternative and Supported Education (CASE). CASE’s Single Step program serves approximately 100 to 200 Baltimore County DORS participants annually who have cognitive, developmental, and mental health disabilities, providing academic, pre-vocational, social and independent living skills for students with special needs.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement

Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council Webinar: “Everything You Wanted to Know about DDA but Were Afraid to Ask” - 11/14/2016

“Schools are required to begin transition planning for students at age 14. With new Service options* available it is important to start early, educate yourself on new models and options, visit programs, and let your IEP team know about the new options. Schools are required to invite DORS to the IEP meeting beginning at age 18 and any other relevant entity. Ask your local Coordination of Community Service agency to attend the IEP meeting to ensure there are links between the school and the DDA system.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

“Transforming and Improving Practices through Customized Technical Assistance (TIP) Grants” - 10/03/2016

“The purpose of this initiative is to improve the employment outcomes of people with developmental disabilities by building the capacity of community service providers licensed by the Developmental Disabilities Administration. Through customized technical assistance by subject matter experts, providers will improve the way services are provided so that more people with developmental disabilities are supported to get and keep the meaningful work they want in their communities and to have meaningful days when not working. All grant recipients will participate in a learning community to share their efforts to improve employment outcomes and receive mutual peer support.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment

Montgomery County, MD Customized Employment Intern Project (MCPIP) - 10/09/2015

An example of a successful County program serving individuals with significant disabilities is the Montgomery County Customized Employment Public Intern Project (MCPIP). Created in 2007, MCPIP provides flexible employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities to fulfill the work requirements of County departments. Department representatives work with a customized employment career specialist to identify and create part-time positions based on a department’s workforce needs. 

MCPIP participants serve as paid interns in department positions based on their individual job interests, skills and competencies. MCPIP interns gain valuable work experience by developing on-the-job skills to help them compete for County merit positions or opportunities in other organizations

Maryland’s Montgomery County government has adopted a policy to create internships for career seekers with significant disabilities, based on a Customized Employment (CE) strategy. This demand-driven CE policy creates the position for a CE Specialist at TransCen, Inc., a local workforce development intermediary, to conduct an analysis of a department’s need within the Montgomery County government.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maryland Add Us In Initiative - 09/30/2011

TransCen, Inc. leads the local “Add Us In” consortium whose work empowers small businesses to work collectively to build the next generation workforce through jobs, paid internships, and mentoring for youth and young adults with disabilities.

 

Add Us In Maryland will:     • continually involve and assesses the changing needs of the business community     • utilize a business network that creates jobs and markets workforce training and services to other prospective businesses     • support employers in diversifying their workforce to include individuals with disabilities    • adapt and field-test an evidenced-based service delivery model with the emerging strategies of customized employment to increase the number and range of employment opportunities available to youth/young adults with disabilities     • provide services and replication products biased to the needs and circumstances of the employer as well as the job seeker.  
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

“State Grant to Help Expand Employment Opportunities to Those With Disabilities in County” (DEI)

According to a news release, the U.S. Department of Labor recently awarded Disability Employment Initiative grants totaling 14.9 million to support workforce development in six states, including $2.5 million for the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation for distribution in Montgomery and Anne Arundel counties.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene “Provider Enrollment”

Due to changes in federal rules, the Community First Choice and Community Personal Assistance Services programs are no longer accepting provider applications to become an Independent Personal Assistance provider.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Mental Health

Maryland Customized Employment Project

The Maryland Department of Disabilities and the Developmental Disabilities Administration recently announced a partnership with five providers of vocational services throughout the state to implement a two-year initiative aimed at addressing employment barriers for job seekers with developmental disabilities. The Maryland Customized Employment Project, funded through Kessler Foundation of New Jersey, represents a collaboration among state agencies, service providers, and the business community. The goal of the project is to increase the training of support staff in proven methods of customized employment strategies which lead to long term, competitive community work.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maryland EID Program

The EID Program, administered by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH), provides Medical Assistance (also called Medicaid) to working Marylanders with disabilities who meet a few conditions.  Medical Assistance:    • Covers most medical services for individuals who have no other health insurance,    • Saves individuals with Medicare $1,000 - $12,000 a year    • Supplements private insurance, paying for some services that the other insurance does not cover  
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Maryland Money Follows the Person

Money Follows the Person (MFP) in Maryland will help people transition from an institution, for example a nursing facility, to community living in an apartment, private home, or small group setting. MFP initiatives increase outreach to individuals in institutions and decrease barriers to transition. New efforts under MFP include peer mentoring, enhanced transition assistance, improved information technology, housing assistance, flexible transition funds, and the addition of waiver services to existing waivers.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Maryland Community First Choice

“The program provide assistance with activities of daily living to Medicaid recipients who have a chronic illness, medical condition or disability. Services are provided in the eligible individual's home or community residence (waiver participants may receive services in an assisted living facility). Other services in each program vary.  Please see each program’s fact sheet for information about the specific services provided through the program.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Maryland Balancing Incentive Program

“The Balancing Incentive Program authorizes grants to States to increase access to non-institutional long-term services and supports…The Balancing Incentive Program will help States transform their long-term care systems by, [l]owering costs through improved systems performance & efficiency, [c]reating tools to help consumers with care planning & assessment, [and], [i]mproving quality measurement & oversight.  The Balancing Incentive Program also provides new ways to serve more people in home and community-based settings, in keeping with the integration mandate of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as required by the Olmstead decision.” 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

MD Department of Disabilities Employment First - 02/23/2015

In November of 2014, MDOD was designated the Lead State Agency for a technical assistance opportunity through the US Department of Labor Office on Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). The Employment First Core State Leadership Mentoring Program will provide training and assess six (6) community providers to build capacity and transform community providers on customized employment. MDOD and the State and external partners will also develop recommendations for core competencies related to customized employment within the State and identify ways to infuse Employment First initiatives into the nonresidential portion of the State’s Home and Community Based Services Waivers delivered through Medicaid.

 
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maryland Customized Employment Project

The Maryland Department of Disabilities and the Developmental Disabilities Administration recently announced a partnership with five providers of vocational services throughout the state to implement a two-year initiative aimed at addressing employment barriers for job seekers with developmental disabilities. The Maryland Customized Employment Project, funded through Kessler Foundation of New Jersey, represents a collaboration among state agencies, service providers, and the business community. The goal of the project is to increase the training of support staff in proven methods of customized employment strategies which lead to long term, competitive community work.

Kessler Foundation awarded a two-year, $282,000 grant to Supported Employment Enterprise Corporation (SEEC) to launch the “Maryland Customized Employment Project”—an initiative to improve employment outcomes for individuals with developmental disabilities through holistic, collaborative partnerships with jobseekers and their families, state agencies and employers. The grant is part of $2.3 million distributed by Kessler Foundation to organizations across the U.S. to support initiatives that create and expand job training and employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maryland Works TIP Grants

The purpose of this initiative is to improve the employment outcomes of people with developmental disabilities by supporting community service providers (“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 so that more people with developmental disabilities are supported to get and keep meaningful work

they want in their communities making decent wages and to have meaningful days when not working. Providers will identify the specific assistance and

support needed to reach specified goals. All grant recipients will be required to participate in a learning community to share their efforts to improve employment outcomes and receive mutual peer support.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Humanim Supported Living & Housing Program

 

Developmental Disabilities Services ~~“Humanim provides supported living and supportive housing services to adults with chronic, severe, and persistent mental illness who are living in the community. We facilitate an individual’s self-sufficiency and personal growth by assisting them in all facets of independent living, with the goal of ensuring they can remain as independent as possible in their own home. Services can include:•Advocacy and Landlord Mediation•Locating and Securing Affordable Housing•Health Homes Care Coordination and Medical Support•Financial Management, Budgeting, and Life Skills Instruction•Case Management, Entitlements Assistance, and Community Resource Connection”  
Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health

Compass, Inc.

Compass, Inc. is a non-profit whose "mission is to support individuals to realize their dreams and lead fulfilling lives as valued members of their community. It is our strong belief that everyone, regardless of type or presentation of abilities can and should be supported to live fully in the community. It is our vision to provide cutting edge services and supports where every person has the opportunity to take risks to achieve unprecedented outcomes in pursuit of their dreams.” Compass, Inc. provides employment supports and services to individuals with disabilities.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement

Montgomery County Customized Employment Public Intern Project Description

The Customized Employment Public Intern Project was created based on the County’s knowledge that people with significant disabilities often have difficulty accessing County government positions. As an employer, Montgomery County recognizes that there are many job candidates with significant disabilities who have much to offer but have difficulty competing for traditional jobs within the government.   To go above and beyond what other County and State agencies have done, Montgomery County has established an initiative to create flexible work opportunities for individuals to fulfill the work requirements of County departments. All County departments will have the opportunity to work with a customized employment career specialist to identify and create part-time position descriptions based on the department’s need. Individuals with significant disabilities will be matched to work tasks based on their interests, skills and competencies. The hope is that the public interns will gain job experience and training to be able to compete for merit positions within the County, as well as at other places of employment.”  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement

Maryland Disability WorkFORCE Information Exchange

A statewide resource center providing    • Best Practices for Employment and Individuals with Disabilities    • Classroom Training    • Informational Website    • Follow-up Support    • Technical Assistance    • E-Learning   Training Spheres    • Employment supports and services available in Maryland    • Employer supports    • Benefits Counseling and Work Incentives    • Best Practices in Customized Employment    • Self-Employment and Entrepreneurial approaches for individuals with disabilities    • Customized trainings for One-Stop Staff, Businesses, Faith-Based and Community Organizations, Disability Navigators, Individuals with Disabilities, Family members, and State and Local agencies  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Maryland Transition Planning Guide

"The Maryland State Department of Education Transition Planning Guide focuses on the movement of your child with disabilities from school to appropriate postsecondary outcomes and supports the preparation for moving on to the next stage in life. Not every student will have the same goals and outcomes. All students should have goals for future employment whether it is full or part time or employment that includes assistance to be successful. All students should have goals and outcomes for postsecondary education or training that they will need to reach their employment goals. Your child may even have specific independent living goals."

 
Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Annual Maryland Transition Conference

Sponsored by the Governor's Interagency Transition Council, for Youth with Disabilities. Topics Include:

Employment Postsecondary Education Adult Service Linkages Accommodations & Supports Youth Development & Leadership Housing  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities

The Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities (MCDD) at Kennedy Krieger Institute is dedicated to leadership in the field of developmental and other disabilities, so that people of all ages can maximize their potential and achieve independence, productivity, and inclusion within their communities   The Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities staff are engaged in four core functions:    • Interdisciplinary Pre-Service Training    • Community Service and Technical Assistance    • Research and Evaluation    • Dissemination Activities  
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

United States vs. Baltimore County, MD - 08/07/2012

The decree requires the County to  adopt new policies and procedures regarding the administration of medical examinations and inquiries and provide training on the ADA to all current supervisory employees and all employees who participate in making personnel decisions

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

1115 HealthChoice Waiver Renewal - 01/01/2017

~~“Effective January 1, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved and renewed Maryland's §1115 demonstration waiver, known as HealthChoice, for a period of five years….. The 2017 extension made the following changes to the demonstration:•Created a Residential Treatment for Individuals with Substance Use Disorder (SUD) program as part of a comprehensive SUD strategy;•Created two community health pilot programs:◦Evidence-based Home Visiting (HV) pilot program to provide home visiting services for high-risk pregnant women and children up to two years of age; and◦Assistance in Community Integration Services (ACIS) pilot program to provide housing-related support services for high-risk, high utilizers who are either transitioning to the community from institutionalization or at high-risk of institutional placement;•Raised the enrollment cap for the Increased Community Services program from 30 to 100; and•Expanded dental benefits for former foster youth.”

 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

MD HCBS Transition Plan - 09/02/2016

Maryland receives funding from the federal government to help pay for services provided in programs such as the Autism, Brain Injury, Community Pathways, Community Options, Model, and Medical Day Waivers and a program that helps children, youth and families. Last year, the federal government put out new rules that states must follow to continue to receive funding to pay for services. Maryland reviewed programs and found areas that do not meet the rules and must be changed. This plan gives information about the new rules; the States review of programs and the plan to fix areas; and input received from various stakeholders like participants, family members, self-advocates, and others.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

“Guide to Maryland Medical Assistance Coverage” - 08/01/2016

“The purpose of a home and community based services waiver program, also known as a “1915(c) waiver,” is to enable children or aged, blind, or disabled adults requiring a nursing facility level of care to reside in their homes or community settings rather than in a medical institution. • Services for waiver participants are federally matched expenses, although these services are not included in the State Medicaid Plan. • Each waiver program has different medical and other non-financial criteria for its targeted population.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

MD Community Pathways (0023.R06.00) - 07/01/2013

Provides community residential hab, community supported living arrangements, expanded day hab-employment discovery and customization, expanded day hab-supported employment, live-in caregiver, medical day care, resource coordination, respite, traditional day hab, assistive technology and adaptive equipment, behavioral supports, environmental accessibility adaptations, expanded day hab-community learning, family/individual support, residential hab II, transition, transportation for individual w/ID/DD ages 0 - no max age

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Maryland DoE ESEA Flexibility Waiver - 05/29/2012

“MSDE’s core values of commitment to every student, belief that all students can and must learn, certainty that schools  must help students grow, and conviction that the educator evaluation system must be equitable are achieved through data-driven accountability systems, high standards of excellence from teachers and principals and dynamic collaboration between Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and MSDE.  Maryland’s ambitious mission is to provide every student with a world-class education that ensures post-graduation college- and career-readiness”

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

MD New Directions Independence Plus Waiver (0424.R01.00) - 07/01/2008

Provides community supported living arrangements, expanded day hab-supported employment, expanded day hab-employment discovery and customization, live-in caregiver, medical day care, resource coordination, respite, traditional day hab, support brokerage, assistive technology and adaptative equipment, behavioral supports, environmental accessibility adaptation, expanded day hab-community learning, family/individual support, transition, transportation for individuals w/ID/DD ages 0 - no max age.

This waiver expired 06/30/2013.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Maryland Money Follows the Person

Money Follows the Person (MFP) in Maryland will help people transition from an institution, for example a nursing facility, to community living in an apartment, private home, or small group setting. MFP initiatives increase outreach to individuals in institutions and decrease barriers to transition. New efforts under MFP include peer mentoring, enhanced transition assistance, improved information technology, housing assistance, flexible transition funds, and the addition of waiver services to existing waivers.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Maryland Community First Choice

“The program provide assistance with activities of daily living to Medicaid recipients who have a chronic illness, medical condition or disability. Services are provided in the eligible individual's home or community residence (waiver participants may receive services in an assisted living facility). Other services in each program vary.  Please see each program’s fact sheet for information about the specific services provided through the program.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

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Snapshot

The numerous efforts to support individuals with disabilities in securing and sustaining competitive, integrated employment in the Old Line State of Maryland are more than you can imagine. We're open for business, and welcome the skills and talents of workers with disabilities! 

State VR Rates and Services

A list of services offered by this state’s Vocational Rehabilitation agency, along with the standard rates paid for the performance of those services.

PDF icon Maryland’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
90.04%
Change from
2014 to 2015
60,006,401
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
4.19%
Change from
2014 to 2015
328,697
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
6.43%
Change from
2014 to 2015
131,573
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
2.35%
Change from
2014 to 2015
40.03%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
1.31%
Change from
2014 to 2015
79.25%

State Data

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 5,928,814 5,976,407 60,006,401
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 321,409 314,928 328,697
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 128,710 123,117 131,573
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 2,662,053 2,676,880 2,702,355
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 40.05% 39.09% 40.03%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 78.28% 78.21% 79.25%
Overall unemployment rate. 6.60% 5.80% 5.10%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 17.70% 17.60% 16.90%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 9.20% 9.20% 8.90%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 292,504 287,993 302,977
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 330,178 336,312 341,118
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 389,028 383,387 394,100
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 185,453 191,461 200,943
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 27,191 28,608 30,255
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 2,432 2,061 2,314
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 22,498 19,672 19,939
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A 316 559
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 14,391 18,122 16,358
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 8,746 8,286 9,882

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2016
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 5,938 5,869 6,165
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 5.70% 5.60% 5.80%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 129,435 130,696 131,074

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 14,247 17,501 17,019
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 33,755 39,108 37,890
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 73,514 83,037 74,986
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 19.40% 21.10% 22.70%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 4.90% 4.80% N/A
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 15.10% 15.20% N/A
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 5.30% 5.10% N/A
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 2,922 3,132 N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 9,084 9,864 N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 3,159 3,317 N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A N/A N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 10,425 9,388 8,821
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.06 0.07 0.08

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2012 2013 2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 68 56 56
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 44 35 34
Percentage of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment relative to total the number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work. 65.00% 63.00% 61.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 0.75 0.59 0.57

 

VR OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
4,302
4,283
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 254 240 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 286 287 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 583 549 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 1,270 1,227 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 739 797 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 1,170 1,183 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 31.60% N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 9,468 10,033 10,178
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 205,338 208,223 204,612
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 340 N/A N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $83,798,000 $77,307,000 $75,204,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $0 $0 $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $148,366,000 $134,162,000 $144,015,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $0 $0 $0
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 40.00% 40.00% 39.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 0 N/A N/A
Number of people served in facility based work. 0 N/A N/A
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 7,470 7,652 8,051
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 83.70 84.50 85.20

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 67.97% 68.40% 68.86%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 13.34% 13.26% 13.12%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 6.94% 6.97% 6.89%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 98.70% 99.96% 99.66%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14a). 23.10% 26.70% 23.90%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14b). 56.73% 59.41% 49.18%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or in some other postsecondary education or training program; or competitively employed or in some other employment within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14c). 85.36% 82.59% 56.32%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Subset of Indicator 14). 33.63% 32.71% 25.28%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 4,727,875
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 5,994
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 267,634
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 2,927,591
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 3,195,225
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 162
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 2,256
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 2,418
AbilityOne wages (products). $2,320,330
AbilityOne wages (services). $37,326,061

 

WAGE AND HOUR DIVISION: 14(c) CERTIFICATE-HOLDING ENTITIES OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 5 2
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 41 35 35
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 3 3
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 43 40
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding private businesses. N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 885 408
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 3,469 3,470
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 393 393
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 4,747 4,271

 

Legislation


SB 0344/HB0448 “Maryland Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Program - Account Clarifications” - 04/11/2017

~~“Clarifying that a specified amount may be contributed in each calendar year to an account for a disabled individual under the Maryland Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Program; providing that contributions to an ABLE account may not exceed a specified maximum amount; and requiring the Maryland 529 Board to adopt specified procedures to ensure that specified contributions to ABLE accounts do not exceed a specified maximum limit.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

HB 420/SB 417: Ken Capone Equal Employment Act (EEA) - 05/19/2016

MDLC Board member Ken Capone, People on the Go, MDLC, and other advocates and coalition partners led this strong and successful effort to abolish the payment of subminimum wages to people with disabilities in Maryland. Like SB 765, the bill will become a national model when signed into law and make Maryland the second U.S. state to eliminate this discriminatory exception to Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938. The EEA will phase out “sheltered workshops” that pay people as little as pennies per hour and require the Maryland Department of Disabilities and the Developmental Disabilities Administration to implement a 4-year transition plan to move individuals from segregated day programs to competitive integrated employment. MDLC participates on the Employment First Steering Committee that is developing the policies and infrastructure to support transition to competitive integrated employment.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

HB 431/SB 355: ABLE Act - 04/12/2016

 Federal law enacted in December 2014 authorized states to establish tax-advantaged savings program to help people with disabilities save limited amounts for disability-related expenses (such as health care, assistive technology, education, employment supports and housing) without losing eligibility for certain public benefits. Maryland legislation enacted in 2015 established the ABLE Task Force to make recommendations for an ABLE Program, resulting in this year’s bill. College Savings Plans of Maryland and the Maryland Department of Disabilities and will co-manage the program. Governor Hogan committed $745,000 for program start-up costs and signed the legislation into law on April 12, 2016.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Maryland HB 473 - 05/12/2015

Altering the amount of a credit against specified State taxes for wages and child care or transportation expenses related to qualified employees with disabilities; and applying the Act to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2014.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
Citations

Maryland SB 761 - 05/12/2015

“BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF MARYLAND, That: (a) “Maryland ABLE Program” means a program in Maryland allowing disabled individuals or their families to establish savings accounts to pay qualified expenses for disabled individuals authorized under the federal Achieving a Better Life Experience  (ABLE) Act.  (b) It is the intent of the General Assembly that the State establish a Maryland ABLE Program.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
Citations

Executive Orders


Executive Order 01.01.2009.10 Maryland Disability History and Awareness Month - 07/26/2009

“Now, therefore, I, Martin O’Malley, Governor of the State of Maryland […] hereby proclaim the following executive order, effective immediately.

State of Maryland Executive Branch agencies shall annually observe October as Disability History and Awareness Month.

The Department of Disabilities shall take steps to increase public awareness of the history of disabilities and the disability rights movement […]

The Maryland State Department of Education shall encourage and assist local boards of education to provide instruction in the history of disabilities, people with disabilities, and the disability rights movement during the observance of Disability History Awareness Month.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maryland Executive Order 01.01.2007.13 - 08/02/2007

"It is the policy of the State of Maryland to ensure a smooth and effective transition for all students with disabilities from secondary education to adult services such as postsecondary education and employment; and to provide transition planning for students and families that is student focused and family-centered, based on individual strengths and needs, utilizes best practices, and leads to outcomes in the most integrated setting appropriate; and It is deemed necessary to establish an Interagency Transition Council to recommend policies and identify the funding requirements to ensure effective, efficient, and comprehensive delivery of services that will most effectively meet the transition needs of Maryland students with disabilities."

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Policy


“WIOA, Competitive Integrated Employment, and VR Funding” - 01/11/2017

~~“The Individualized Plan for Employment for a DORS consumer must include a specific employment goal that is consistent with the general goal of competitive integrated employment.  For an employment outcome to be considered competitive integrated employment, WIOA regulations require that the outcome satisfy the following criteria to be permitted under the Vocational Rehabilitation program:1.competitive earnings2.integrated location3.opportunities for advancement

If an individual’s employment fails to satisfy any one of these three components, the employment will not meet the definition of competitive integrated employment and will no longer be allowed under the VR program. Please see the Competitive Integrated Employment Fact Sheet (below) for clarification regarding the definition of competitive integrated employment and frequently asked questions.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services

“Governor’s Interagency Transition Council for Youth with Disabilities” - 09/30/2016

“The primary responsibility of the IATC is to review, revise and update annually the Interagency State Plan for Transitioning Youth with Disabilities to ensure effective interagency planning and delivery of services for secondary students with disabilities. Additionally, the IATC is tasked with identifying and reporting activities of each partner which impact the delivery, quality and availability of transition services. The IATC also serves in an advisory capacity to all transition-related federal grants.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

“FY2017 Interagency State Plan for Transitioning Youth with Disabilities” - 07/01/2016

“This is a document of the approved goals for students with disabilities who are transitioning from high school to post-secondary school or employment.” It consists of a set of tables, one for each goal, that lists the measures and strategies that have been developed for the goal,and the data sources and agencies that are involved in each one.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

VR (Vocational Rehabilitation) & IL(Independent Living) Policies and Procedures Manual Section 800 “Supported Employment” - 06/01/2014

“Supported employment is competitive work in an integrated work setting, or employment in integrated work settings in which individuals are working towards competitive work, with ongoing support services for individuals with the most significant disabilities. It is for individuals for whom competitive employment has not traditionally occurred or for whom competitive employment has been interrupted or intermittent as a result of a most significant disability; and who, because of the nature and severity of their disabilities, need intensive supported employment services from the Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) and subsequent extended services funded by another entity (usually MHA, DDA or the Governor’s Employment Program for Individuals with Acquired Brain Injury) in order to perform this work.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

MD State Activities to Implement Employment First - 05/02/2013

“Maryland APSE continues to participate as a member of Maryland’s statewide Employment First Workgroup, in partnership with a number of stakeholders… The work group as developed draft regulations for Employment First in Maryland and outcomes and outcomes.  Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration has also developed a position statement based on the work of the collaborative statewide Employment First Workgroup.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maryland WorkFORCE Promise - 02/01/2010

“Our mission is to promote the personal and professional independence of individuals with disabilities by effecting systems change to eliminate barriers to employment.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Temporary Disability Assistance

“The Temporary Disability Assistance Program (TDAP) is available to help low-income, disabled Marylanders through a period of short-term disability or while they are awaiting approval of federal disability support. The program is funded through the State of Maryland to provide help to individuals without dependent children.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Maryland Workforce Promise Customized Employment Definition

“Customized Employment is…”

Individualizing the employment relationship between employees and employers in ways that meet the needs of both A person centered approach to employment that is based on the individual’s Strengths Needs Interests Blend of services designed to increase employment options for individuals with significant disabilities  
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Public Engagement Strategies Redefine “No Wrong Door” in Maryland

For over ten years Maryland has refined its NWD/ADRC initiative, known as Maryland Access Points (MAP). The term “Maryland Access Point” was chosen to remove any semblance of preferences for “aging” or “disability” being first in the name, as Maryland wanted its NWD/ADRC to be seen as access points for all individuals needing LTSS. Starting in 2008, Maryland formally initiated its branding process and hired a consultant to construct a marketing plan for consumers and providers that eliminated system fragmentation, increased awareness of LTSS, and focused on prevention of crises. The state launched a toll free number in August 2014 and a new website in February 2015.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Maryland Department of Human Resources, Office of Employment and Program Equity

The Maryland Department of Human Resources is committed to the principle of fair practices and equal opportunity for all of its employees and customers. The Office of Employment and Program Equity has the primary responsibility for ensuring the effectiveness and success of the Department’s comprehensive Equal Opportunity Program. Programs include:

1.        Equal Employment Opportunity

2.        Affirmative Action

3.        Minority Business Enterprises

4.        Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance Program

5.        Title VI Compliance

6.        Program Equity

7.        Complaint Investigations

8.        DHR Mediation Program

          9.        Training and Technical Support

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Maryland Department of Education “Understanding the Evaluation, Eligibility and Individualized Education Program (IEP) Process in Maryland”

The public agency uses a team process to decide whether a child is a student with a disability as defined by the IDEA and the educational needs of the child. Each public agency is responsible for initiating and conducting meetings for the purposes of developing, reviewing, and revising the IEP of a student with a disability, and determining the child’s educational placement. The parents of each student with a disability must be notified and afforded the opportunity to participate in any IEP team meeting conducted for their child.  Parents are members of the IEP team that makes decisions regarding the child’s educational placement. The public agency shall make reasonable efforts to ensure that the parents understand, and are able to participate in any group discussions relating to the educational placement of their child, including arranging for an interpreter for parents with deafness, or whose native language is not English.

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Rehabilitation Services “Training Customized for Your Business”

On-the-Job Training

DORS can provide funding for on-the-job training for a new employee and reimburse a business for a percentage of the new employees’ wages while they are in training.DORS also offers technical assistance and follow-along services to the trainee and the business.

Customized & Partnership Training

DORS partners with businesses and educational institutions to identify specific needs and design customized training programs to meet those needs. Training may take place at the DORS Workforce & Technology Center, on the job site, by an outside vendor, or by a combination of these settings.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement

Maryland Department of Disabilities, Response to FY 2016 Budget Hearings

In November of 2014, MDOD was designated the Lead State Agency for a technical assistance opportunity through the US Department of Labor Office on Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). The Employment First Core State Leadership Mentoring Program will provide training and assess six (6) community providers to build capacity and transform community providers on customized employment. MDOD and the State and external partners will also develop recommendations for core competencies related to customized employment within the State and identify ways to infuse Employment First initiatives into the nonresidential portion of the State’s Home and Community Based Services Waivers delivered through Medicaid.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Employment First in Maryland

In 2008/2009, the Developmental Disabilities Administration’s (DDA) engaged stakeholders in an intensive strategic planning process, including planning to improve employment outcomes for people with developmental disabilities in Maryland.   The following position statement is in support of the DDA’s broader values, mission and vision and is a product of that strategic planning process.   “The DDA believes that all people with developmental disabilities CAN work, and contribute to their community, when given opportunity, training, and supports that build on their strengths.  Employment will be the first option considered for all people of working age who receive DDA services.”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

MD Developmental Disabilities Administration Position Statement on Employment Services

"In 2008, the Developmental Disabilities Administration’s (DDA) engaged stakeholders in an intensive strategic planning process, including planning to improve employment outcomes for people with developmental disabilities in Maryland. The following position statement is in support of the DDA’s broader values, mission and vision and is a product of the strategic planning process.

Commitment: The DDA believes that all people with developmental disabilities CAN work, and contribute to their community, when given opportunity, training, and supports that build on their strengths. Position Statement: Employment will be the “first” option considered for all people of working age who receive DDA services. Vision: Every Marylander maximizes his/her career potential and employers have access to the human resources they need to be successful."  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

MD DDA Definition of Day and Employment Services

SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT “Employment in an integrated work setting. This is defined as a workplace in the community, where the majority of individuals do not have disabilities, and which provides opportunities to interact with non-disabled individual to the same extent that individuals employed in comparable position would interact. Individuals are working in individualized, integrated jobs in the community business for pay at or above minimum wage.”  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Partnerships


Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council “2017 Legislative Overview” - 04/01/2017

~~“DDA FY2018 Budget Expansion: Approximately 789 young adults with developmental disabilities leaving school will receive employment or other day services. DDA projects that 100% of transitioning youth will receive this support.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Governor’s Interagency Transition Council for Youth with Disabilities - 09/30/2016

“The primary responsibility of the IATC is to review, revise and update annually the Interagency State Plan for Transitioning Youth with Disabilities to ensure effective interagency planning and delivery of services for secondary students with disabilities. Additionally, the IATC is tasked with identifying and reporting activities of each partner which impact the delivery, quality and availability of transition services. The IATC also serves in an advisory capacity to all transition-related federal grants.”“”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

FY2017 Interagency State Plan for Transitioning Youth with Disabilities - 07/01/2016

This is a document of the approved goals for students with disabilities who are transitioning from high school to post-secondary school or employment. “

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

MD Governor’s Interagency Transition Council (IATC) - 08/02/2007

The Interagency Transition Council for youth with Disabilities (IATC) is a partnership of State and local government agencies, educators, family members and advocates.  The IATC's purpose is to help improve the policies and practices that affect Maryland students with disabilities preparing to transition from high school to adult services, college, employment, and independent living.  The current IATC was created in 2007 by an order of the Governor.

In 2010, the Governor’s Interagency Transition Council (IATC) approved a strategic plan for students with disabilities transitioning from high school. The Plan has 3 goals:

Every student with a disability will exit secondary school prepared for employment. Every student with a disability will exit secondary school aware of postsecondary education options. Every student with a disability and their family will receive support and education to successfully assist their young adult through the transition process.
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Navigating the Transition Years Handbook 2010

If your child has an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), a team of staff members is responsible for helping them with their transition planning and the implementation of their plan. If your child is on a 504 plan, they still have access to the services of a guidance counselor, transition coordinator, and Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) counselor, but you and your child may be responsible for initiating contact to access their support

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maryland Customized Employment Project

The Maryland Department of Disabilities and the Developmental Disabilities Administration recently announced a partnership with five providers of vocational services throughout the state to implement a two-year initiative aimed at addressing employment barriers for job seekers with developmental disabilities. The Maryland Customized Employment Project, funded through Kessler Foundation of New Jersey, represents a collaboration among state agencies, service providers, and the business community. The goal of the project is to increase the training of support staff in proven methods of customized employment strategies which lead to long term, competitive community work.

 

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maryland Coalition of Families for Children’s Mental Health

"Incorporated in 1999 as a private, nonprofit organization, MCF is Maryland’s statewide family network organization, a designation from the federal Substance Use and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). MCF changed its name from "Maryland Coalition of Families for Children’s Mental Health" to the "Maryland Coalition of Families" in 2016. MCF is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of at least 51% adult caregivers of a child or adolescent with a diagnosable emotional or behavioral disability. All of our family support staff are parents who have cared for a child with behavioral health needs and have been trained to help other families."
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maryland Learning Links - Transition 101

Maryland Learning Links is a site developed under federal funding through a State Improvement Grant.  It is co-owned by the Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Special Education and Early Intervention Services (MSDE), and other community stakeholders. The Transition section of the site, “ is primarily meant to provide parents with the information they need to support the successful transition of their children to adulthood.   It’s filled with… information and tools… and several timelines that can help [parents] better understand and make the most of Transition Planning and Services…”

Systems
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maryland Governor’s Transitioning Youth Initiative (GTYI)

The Governor’s Transitioning Youth Initiative (GTYI) is a collaboration funded through a partnership between the Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) and the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA).  The purpose of the Initiative is to show that all students with disabilities can work and contribute to Maryland’s future after leaving school.  The Governor's Transitioning Youth Initiative earmarks funds in the DDA budget for eligible students leaving school, regardless of the severity of their situation and their relative need for immediate services.  

 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Systems-Change Funding


14(c) Certificate Program Resources - 01/21/2017

~~“This page is a list of links about the 14(C) subminimum wage program including a Q&A about career counseling for workers earning less than minimum wage and benefits planning services for subminimum wage workers.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Innovations in Maryland’s Local Workforce Plans A BEST PRACTICES GUIDE - 01/01/2017

~~“Title IV: Vocational Rehabilitation Services - Department of Rehabilitative Services (DORS)

DORS prepares people with disabilities to go to work and helps them to stay on the job. Rehabilitation counselors in DORS Region 5 field offices in Baltimore County provide or arrange for services that may include career counseling, assistive technology, vocational training and/or job placement assistance. DORS staff have specific areas of expertise to work with populations with significant disabilities. There are technical specialists who work with individuals with chronic illness, learning disabilities, traumatic brain injury, orthopedic issues, and intellectual disabilities.

In addition to services delivered via field offices, DORS also contracts with CCBC’s Center for Alternative and Supported Education (CASE). CASE’s Single Step program serves approximately 100 to 200 Baltimore County DORS participants annually who have cognitive, developmental, and mental health disabilities, providing academic, pre-vocational, social and independent living skills for students with special needs.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement

Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council Webinar: “Everything You Wanted to Know about DDA but Were Afraid to Ask” - 11/14/2016

“Schools are required to begin transition planning for students at age 14. With new Service options* available it is important to start early, educate yourself on new models and options, visit programs, and let your IEP team know about the new options. Schools are required to invite DORS to the IEP meeting beginning at age 18 and any other relevant entity. Ask your local Coordination of Community Service agency to attend the IEP meeting to ensure there are links between the school and the DDA system.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

“Transforming and Improving Practices through Customized Technical Assistance (TIP) Grants” - 10/03/2016

“The purpose of this initiative is to improve the employment outcomes of people with developmental disabilities by building the capacity of community service providers licensed by the Developmental Disabilities Administration. Through customized technical assistance by subject matter experts, providers will improve the way services are provided so that more people with developmental disabilities are supported to get and keep the meaningful work they want in their communities and to have meaningful days when not working. All grant recipients will participate in a learning community to share their efforts to improve employment outcomes and receive mutual peer support.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment

Montgomery County, MD Customized Employment Intern Project (MCPIP) - 10/09/2015

An example of a successful County program serving individuals with significant disabilities is the Montgomery County Customized Employment Public Intern Project (MCPIP). Created in 2007, MCPIP provides flexible employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities to fulfill the work requirements of County departments. Department representatives work with a customized employment career specialist to identify and create part-time positions based on a department’s workforce needs. 

MCPIP participants serve as paid interns in department positions based on their individual job interests, skills and competencies. MCPIP interns gain valuable work experience by developing on-the-job skills to help them compete for County merit positions or opportunities in other organizations

Maryland’s Montgomery County government has adopted a policy to create internships for career seekers with significant disabilities, based on a Customized Employment (CE) strategy. This demand-driven CE policy creates the position for a CE Specialist at TransCen, Inc., a local workforce development intermediary, to conduct an analysis of a department’s need within the Montgomery County government.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maryland Add Us In Initiative - 09/30/2011

TransCen, Inc. leads the local “Add Us In” consortium whose work empowers small businesses to work collectively to build the next generation workforce through jobs, paid internships, and mentoring for youth and young adults with disabilities.

 

Add Us In Maryland will:     • continually involve and assesses the changing needs of the business community     • utilize a business network that creates jobs and markets workforce training and services to other prospective businesses     • support employers in diversifying their workforce to include individuals with disabilities    • adapt and field-test an evidenced-based service delivery model with the emerging strategies of customized employment to increase the number and range of employment opportunities available to youth/young adults with disabilities     • provide services and replication products biased to the needs and circumstances of the employer as well as the job seeker.  
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

“State Grant to Help Expand Employment Opportunities to Those With Disabilities in County” (DEI)

According to a news release, the U.S. Department of Labor recently awarded Disability Employment Initiative grants totaling 14.9 million to support workforce development in six states, including $2.5 million for the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation for distribution in Montgomery and Anne Arundel counties.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene “Provider Enrollment”

Due to changes in federal rules, the Community First Choice and Community Personal Assistance Services programs are no longer accepting provider applications to become an Independent Personal Assistance provider.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Mental Health

Maryland Customized Employment Project

The Maryland Department of Disabilities and the Developmental Disabilities Administration recently announced a partnership with five providers of vocational services throughout the state to implement a two-year initiative aimed at addressing employment barriers for job seekers with developmental disabilities. The Maryland Customized Employment Project, funded through Kessler Foundation of New Jersey, represents a collaboration among state agencies, service providers, and the business community. The goal of the project is to increase the training of support staff in proven methods of customized employment strategies which lead to long term, competitive community work.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maryland EID Program

The EID Program, administered by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH), provides Medical Assistance (also called Medicaid) to working Marylanders with disabilities who meet a few conditions.  Medical Assistance:    • Covers most medical services for individuals who have no other health insurance,    • Saves individuals with Medicare $1,000 - $12,000 a year    • Supplements private insurance, paying for some services that the other insurance does not cover  
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Maryland Money Follows the Person

Money Follows the Person (MFP) in Maryland will help people transition from an institution, for example a nursing facility, to community living in an apartment, private home, or small group setting. MFP initiatives increase outreach to individuals in institutions and decrease barriers to transition. New efforts under MFP include peer mentoring, enhanced transition assistance, improved information technology, housing assistance, flexible transition funds, and the addition of waiver services to existing waivers.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Maryland Community First Choice

“The program provide assistance with activities of daily living to Medicaid recipients who have a chronic illness, medical condition or disability. Services are provided in the eligible individual's home or community residence (waiver participants may receive services in an assisted living facility). Other services in each program vary.  Please see each program’s fact sheet for information about the specific services provided through the program.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Maryland Balancing Incentive Program

“The Balancing Incentive Program authorizes grants to States to increase access to non-institutional long-term services and supports…The Balancing Incentive Program will help States transform their long-term care systems by, [l]owering costs through improved systems performance & efficiency, [c]reating tools to help consumers with care planning & assessment, [and], [i]mproving quality measurement & oversight.  The Balancing Incentive Program also provides new ways to serve more people in home and community-based settings, in keeping with the integration mandate of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as required by the Olmstead decision.” 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Training/Capacity Building


MD Department of Disabilities Employment First - 02/23/2015

In November of 2014, MDOD was designated the Lead State Agency for a technical assistance opportunity through the US Department of Labor Office on Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). The Employment First Core State Leadership Mentoring Program will provide training and assess six (6) community providers to build capacity and transform community providers on customized employment. MDOD and the State and external partners will also develop recommendations for core competencies related to customized employment within the State and identify ways to infuse Employment First initiatives into the nonresidential portion of the State’s Home and Community Based Services Waivers delivered through Medicaid.

 
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maryland Customized Employment Project

The Maryland Department of Disabilities and the Developmental Disabilities Administration recently announced a partnership with five providers of vocational services throughout the state to implement a two-year initiative aimed at addressing employment barriers for job seekers with developmental disabilities. The Maryland Customized Employment Project, funded through Kessler Foundation of New Jersey, represents a collaboration among state agencies, service providers, and the business community. The goal of the project is to increase the training of support staff in proven methods of customized employment strategies which lead to long term, competitive community work.

Kessler Foundation awarded a two-year, $282,000 grant to Supported Employment Enterprise Corporation (SEEC) to launch the “Maryland Customized Employment Project”—an initiative to improve employment outcomes for individuals with developmental disabilities through holistic, collaborative partnerships with jobseekers and their families, state agencies and employers. The grant is part of $2.3 million distributed by Kessler Foundation to organizations across the U.S. to support initiatives that create and expand job training and employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maryland Works TIP Grants

The purpose of this initiative is to improve the employment outcomes of people with developmental disabilities by supporting community service providers (“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 so that more people with developmental disabilities are supported to get and keep meaningful work

they want in their communities making decent wages and to have meaningful days when not working. Providers will identify the specific assistance and

support needed to reach specified goals. All grant recipients will be required to participate in a learning community to share their efforts to improve employment outcomes and receive mutual peer support.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Humanim Supported Living & Housing Program

 

Developmental Disabilities Services ~~“Humanim provides supported living and supportive housing services to adults with chronic, severe, and persistent mental illness who are living in the community. We facilitate an individual’s self-sufficiency and personal growth by assisting them in all facets of independent living, with the goal of ensuring they can remain as independent as possible in their own home. Services can include:•Advocacy and Landlord Mediation•Locating and Securing Affordable Housing•Health Homes Care Coordination and Medical Support•Financial Management, Budgeting, and Life Skills Instruction•Case Management, Entitlements Assistance, and Community Resource Connection”  
Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health

Compass, Inc.

Compass, Inc. is a non-profit whose "mission is to support individuals to realize their dreams and lead fulfilling lives as valued members of their community. It is our strong belief that everyone, regardless of type or presentation of abilities can and should be supported to live fully in the community. It is our vision to provide cutting edge services and supports where every person has the opportunity to take risks to achieve unprecedented outcomes in pursuit of their dreams.” Compass, Inc. provides employment supports and services to individuals with disabilities.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement

Montgomery County Customized Employment Public Intern Project Description

The Customized Employment Public Intern Project was created based on the County’s knowledge that people with significant disabilities often have difficulty accessing County government positions. As an employer, Montgomery County recognizes that there are many job candidates with significant disabilities who have much to offer but have difficulty competing for traditional jobs within the government.   To go above and beyond what other County and State agencies have done, Montgomery County has established an initiative to create flexible work opportunities for individuals to fulfill the work requirements of County departments. All County departments will have the opportunity to work with a customized employment career specialist to identify and create part-time position descriptions based on the department’s need. Individuals with significant disabilities will be matched to work tasks based on their interests, skills and competencies. The hope is that the public interns will gain job experience and training to be able to compete for merit positions within the County, as well as at other places of employment.”  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement

Maryland Disability WorkFORCE Information Exchange

A statewide resource center providing    • Best Practices for Employment and Individuals with Disabilities    • Classroom Training    • Informational Website    • Follow-up Support    • Technical Assistance    • E-Learning   Training Spheres    • Employment supports and services available in Maryland    • Employer supports    • Benefits Counseling and Work Incentives    • Best Practices in Customized Employment    • Self-Employment and Entrepreneurial approaches for individuals with disabilities    • Customized trainings for One-Stop Staff, Businesses, Faith-Based and Community Organizations, Disability Navigators, Individuals with Disabilities, Family members, and State and Local agencies  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Maryland Transition Planning Guide

"The Maryland State Department of Education Transition Planning Guide focuses on the movement of your child with disabilities from school to appropriate postsecondary outcomes and supports the preparation for moving on to the next stage in life. Not every student will have the same goals and outcomes. All students should have goals for future employment whether it is full or part time or employment that includes assistance to be successful. All students should have goals and outcomes for postsecondary education or training that they will need to reach their employment goals. Your child may even have specific independent living goals."

 
Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Annual Maryland Transition Conference

Sponsored by the Governor's Interagency Transition Council, for Youth with Disabilities. Topics Include:

Employment Postsecondary Education Adult Service Linkages Accommodations & Supports Youth Development & Leadership Housing  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities

The Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities (MCDD) at Kennedy Krieger Institute is dedicated to leadership in the field of developmental and other disabilities, so that people of all ages can maximize their potential and achieve independence, productivity, and inclusion within their communities   The Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities staff are engaged in four core functions:    • Interdisciplinary Pre-Service Training    • Community Service and Technical Assistance    • Research and Evaluation    • Dissemination Activities  
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Enforcement


United States vs. Baltimore County, MD - 08/07/2012

The decree requires the County to  adopt new policies and procedures regarding the administration of medical examinations and inquiries and provide training on the ADA to all current supervisory employees and all employees who participate in making personnel decisions

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Medicaid & Employment


1115 HealthChoice Waiver Renewal - 01/01/2017

~~“Effective January 1, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved and renewed Maryland's §1115 demonstration waiver, known as HealthChoice, for a period of five years….. The 2017 extension made the following changes to the demonstration:•Created a Residential Treatment for Individuals with Substance Use Disorder (SUD) program as part of a comprehensive SUD strategy;•Created two community health pilot programs:◦Evidence-based Home Visiting (HV) pilot program to provide home visiting services for high-risk pregnant women and children up to two years of age; and◦Assistance in Community Integration Services (ACIS) pilot program to provide housing-related support services for high-risk, high utilizers who are either transitioning to the community from institutionalization or at high-risk of institutional placement;•Raised the enrollment cap for the Increased Community Services program from 30 to 100; and•Expanded dental benefits for former foster youth.”

 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

MD HCBS Transition Plan - 09/02/2016

Maryland receives funding from the federal government to help pay for services provided in programs such as the Autism, Brain Injury, Community Pathways, Community Options, Model, and Medical Day Waivers and a program that helps children, youth and families. Last year, the federal government put out new rules that states must follow to continue to receive funding to pay for services. Maryland reviewed programs and found areas that do not meet the rules and must be changed. This plan gives information about the new rules; the States review of programs and the plan to fix areas; and input received from various stakeholders like participants, family members, self-advocates, and others.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

“Guide to Maryland Medical Assistance Coverage” - 08/01/2016

“The purpose of a home and community based services waiver program, also known as a “1915(c) waiver,” is to enable children or aged, blind, or disabled adults requiring a nursing facility level of care to reside in their homes or community settings rather than in a medical institution. • Services for waiver participants are federally matched expenses, although these services are not included in the State Medicaid Plan. • Each waiver program has different medical and other non-financial criteria for its targeted population.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

MD Community Pathways (0023.R06.00) - 07/01/2013

Provides community residential hab, community supported living arrangements, expanded day hab-employment discovery and customization, expanded day hab-supported employment, live-in caregiver, medical day care, resource coordination, respite, traditional day hab, assistive technology and adaptive equipment, behavioral supports, environmental accessibility adaptations, expanded day hab-community learning, family/individual support, residential hab II, transition, transportation for individual w/ID/DD ages 0 - no max age

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Maryland DoE ESEA Flexibility Waiver - 05/29/2012

“MSDE’s core values of commitment to every student, belief that all students can and must learn, certainty that schools  must help students grow, and conviction that the educator evaluation system must be equitable are achieved through data-driven accountability systems, high standards of excellence from teachers and principals and dynamic collaboration between Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and MSDE.  Maryland’s ambitious mission is to provide every student with a world-class education that ensures post-graduation college- and career-readiness”

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

MD New Directions Independence Plus Waiver (0424.R01.00) - 07/01/2008

Provides community supported living arrangements, expanded day hab-supported employment, expanded day hab-employment discovery and customization, live-in caregiver, medical day care, resource coordination, respite, traditional day hab, support brokerage, assistive technology and adaptative equipment, behavioral supports, environmental accessibility adaptation, expanded day hab-community learning, family/individual support, transition, transportation for individuals w/ID/DD ages 0 - no max age.

This waiver expired 06/30/2013.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Maryland Money Follows the Person

Money Follows the Person (MFP) in Maryland will help people transition from an institution, for example a nursing facility, to community living in an apartment, private home, or small group setting. MFP initiatives increase outreach to individuals in institutions and decrease barriers to transition. New efforts under MFP include peer mentoring, enhanced transition assistance, improved information technology, housing assistance, flexible transition funds, and the addition of waiver services to existing waivers.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Maryland Community First Choice

“The program provide assistance with activities of daily living to Medicaid recipients who have a chronic illness, medical condition or disability. Services are provided in the eligible individual's home or community residence (waiver participants may receive services in an assisted living facility). Other services in each program vary.  Please see each program’s fact sheet for information about the specific services provided through the program.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

States - Small Tablet

Snapshot

The numerous efforts to support individuals with disabilities in securing and sustaining competitive, integrated employment in the Old Line State of Maryland are more than you can imagine. We're open for business, and welcome the skills and talents of workers with disabilities! 

State VR Rates and Services

A list of services offered by this state’s Vocational Rehabilitation agency, along with the standard rates paid for the performance of those services.

PDF icon Maryland’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
90.04%
Change from
2014 to 2015
60,006,401
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
4.19%
Change from
2014 to 2015
328,697
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
6.43%
Change from
2014 to 2015
131,573
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
2.35%
Change from
2014 to 2015
40.03%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
1.31%
Change from
2014 to 2015
79.25%

State Data

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 5,928,814 5,976,407 60,006,401
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 321,409 314,928 328,697
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 128,710 123,117 131,573
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 2,662,053 2,676,880 2,702,355
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 40.05% 39.09% 40.03%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 78.28% 78.21% 79.25%
Overall unemployment rate. 6.60% 5.80% 5.10%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 17.70% 17.60% 16.90%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 9.20% 9.20% 8.90%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 292,504 287,993 302,977
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 330,178 336,312 341,118
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 389,028 383,387 394,100
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 185,453 191,461 200,943
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 27,191 28,608 30,255
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 2,432 2,061 2,314
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 22,498 19,672 19,939
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A 316 559
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 14,391 18,122 16,358
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 8,746 8,286 9,882

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2016
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 5,938 5,869 6,165
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 5.70% 5.60% 5.80%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 129,435 130,696 131,074

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 14,247 17,501 17,019
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 33,755 39,108 37,890
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 73,514 83,037 74,986
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 19.40% 21.10% 22.70%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 4.90% 4.80% N/A
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 15.10% 15.20% N/A
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 5.30% 5.10% N/A
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 2,922 3,132 N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 9,084 9,864 N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 3,159 3,317 N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A N/A N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 10,425 9,388 8,821
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.06 0.07 0.08

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2012 2013 2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 68 56 56
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 44 35 34
Percentage of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment relative to total the number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work. 65.00% 63.00% 61.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 0.75 0.59 0.57

 

VR OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
4,302
4,283
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 254 240 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 286 287 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 583 549 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 1,270 1,227 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 739 797 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 1,170 1,183 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 31.60% N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 9,468 10,033 10,178
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 205,338 208,223 204,612
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 340 N/A N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $83,798,000 $77,307,000 $75,204,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $0 $0 $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $148,366,000 $134,162,000 $144,015,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $0 $0 $0
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 40.00% 40.00% 39.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 0 N/A N/A
Number of people served in facility based work. 0 N/A N/A
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 7,470 7,652 8,051
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 83.70 84.50 85.20

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 67.97% 68.40% 68.86%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 13.34% 13.26% 13.12%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 6.94% 6.97% 6.89%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 98.70% 99.96% 99.66%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14a). 23.10% 26.70% 23.90%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14b). 56.73% 59.41% 49.18%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or in some other postsecondary education or training program; or competitively employed or in some other employment within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14c). 85.36% 82.59% 56.32%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Subset of Indicator 14). 33.63% 32.71% 25.28%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 4,727,875
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 5,994
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 267,634
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 2,927,591
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 3,195,225
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 162
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 2,256
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 2,418
AbilityOne wages (products). $2,320,330
AbilityOne wages (services). $37,326,061

 

WAGE AND HOUR DIVISION: 14(c) CERTIFICATE-HOLDING ENTITIES OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 5 2
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 41 35 35
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 3 3
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 43 40
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding private businesses. N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 885 408
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 3,469 3,470
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 393 393
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 4,747 4,271

 

Legislation


SB 0344/HB0448 “Maryland Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Program - Account Clarifications” - 04/11/2017

~~“Clarifying that a specified amount may be contributed in each calendar year to an account for a disabled individual under the Maryland Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Program; providing that contributions to an ABLE account may not exceed a specified maximum amount; and requiring the Maryland 529 Board to adopt specified procedures to ensure that specified contributions to ABLE accounts do not exceed a specified maximum limit.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

HB 420/SB 417: Ken Capone Equal Employment Act (EEA) - 05/19/2016

MDLC Board member Ken Capone, People on the Go, MDLC, and other advocates and coalition partners led this strong and successful effort to abolish the payment of subminimum wages to people with disabilities in Maryland. Like SB 765, the bill will become a national model when signed into law and make Maryland the second U.S. state to eliminate this discriminatory exception to Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938. The EEA will phase out “sheltered workshops” that pay people as little as pennies per hour and require the Maryland Department of Disabilities and the Developmental Disabilities Administration to implement a 4-year transition plan to move individuals from segregated day programs to competitive integrated employment. MDLC participates on the Employment First Steering Committee that is developing the policies and infrastructure to support transition to competitive integrated employment.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

HB 431/SB 355: ABLE Act - 04/12/2016

 Federal law enacted in December 2014 authorized states to establish tax-advantaged savings program to help people with disabilities save limited amounts for disability-related expenses (such as health care, assistive technology, education, employment supports and housing) without losing eligibility for certain public benefits. Maryland legislation enacted in 2015 established the ABLE Task Force to make recommendations for an ABLE Program, resulting in this year’s bill. College Savings Plans of Maryland and the Maryland Department of Disabilities and will co-manage the program. Governor Hogan committed $745,000 for program start-up costs and signed the legislation into law on April 12, 2016.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Maryland HB 473 - 05/12/2015

Altering the amount of a credit against specified State taxes for wages and child care or transportation expenses related to qualified employees with disabilities; and applying the Act to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2014.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
Citations

Maryland SB 761 - 05/12/2015

“BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF MARYLAND, That: (a) “Maryland ABLE Program” means a program in Maryland allowing disabled individuals or their families to establish savings accounts to pay qualified expenses for disabled individuals authorized under the federal Achieving a Better Life Experience  (ABLE) Act.  (b) It is the intent of the General Assembly that the State establish a Maryland ABLE Program.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
Citations

Executive Orders


Executive Order 01.01.2009.10 Maryland Disability History and Awareness Month - 07/26/2009

“Now, therefore, I, Martin O’Malley, Governor of the State of Maryland […] hereby proclaim the following executive order, effective immediately.

State of Maryland Executive Branch agencies shall annually observe October as Disability History and Awareness Month.

The Department of Disabilities shall take steps to increase public awareness of the history of disabilities and the disability rights movement […]

The Maryland State Department of Education shall encourage and assist local boards of education to provide instruction in the history of disabilities, people with disabilities, and the disability rights movement during the observance of Disability History Awareness Month.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maryland Executive Order 01.01.2007.13 - 08/02/2007

"It is the policy of the State of Maryland to ensure a smooth and effective transition for all students with disabilities from secondary education to adult services such as postsecondary education and employment; and to provide transition planning for students and families that is student focused and family-centered, based on individual strengths and needs, utilizes best practices, and leads to outcomes in the most integrated setting appropriate; and It is deemed necessary to establish an Interagency Transition Council to recommend policies and identify the funding requirements to ensure effective, efficient, and comprehensive delivery of services that will most effectively meet the transition needs of Maryland students with disabilities."

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Policy


“WIOA, Competitive Integrated Employment, and VR Funding” - 01/11/2017

~~“The Individualized Plan for Employment for a DORS consumer must include a specific employment goal that is consistent with the general goal of competitive integrated employment.  For an employment outcome to be considered competitive integrated employment, WIOA regulations require that the outcome satisfy the following criteria to be permitted under the Vocational Rehabilitation program:1.competitive earnings2.integrated location3.opportunities for advancement

If an individual’s employment fails to satisfy any one of these three components, the employment will not meet the definition of competitive integrated employment and will no longer be allowed under the VR program. Please see the Competitive Integrated Employment Fact Sheet (below) for clarification regarding the definition of competitive integrated employment and frequently asked questions.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services

“Governor’s Interagency Transition Council for Youth with Disabilities” - 09/30/2016

“The primary responsibility of the IATC is to review, revise and update annually the Interagency State Plan for Transitioning Youth with Disabilities to ensure effective interagency planning and delivery of services for secondary students with disabilities. Additionally, the IATC is tasked with identifying and reporting activities of each partner which impact the delivery, quality and availability of transition services. The IATC also serves in an advisory capacity to all transition-related federal grants.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

“FY2017 Interagency State Plan for Transitioning Youth with Disabilities” - 07/01/2016

“This is a document of the approved goals for students with disabilities who are transitioning from high school to post-secondary school or employment.” It consists of a set of tables, one for each goal, that lists the measures and strategies that have been developed for the goal,and the data sources and agencies that are involved in each one.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

VR (Vocational Rehabilitation) & IL(Independent Living) Policies and Procedures Manual Section 800 “Supported Employment” - 06/01/2014

“Supported employment is competitive work in an integrated work setting, or employment in integrated work settings in which individuals are working towards competitive work, with ongoing support services for individuals with the most significant disabilities. It is for individuals for whom competitive employment has not traditionally occurred or for whom competitive employment has been interrupted or intermittent as a result of a most significant disability; and who, because of the nature and severity of their disabilities, need intensive supported employment services from the Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) and subsequent extended services funded by another entity (usually MHA, DDA or the Governor’s Employment Program for Individuals with Acquired Brain Injury) in order to perform this work.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

MD State Activities to Implement Employment First - 05/02/2013

“Maryland APSE continues to participate as a member of Maryland’s statewide Employment First Workgroup, in partnership with a number of stakeholders… The work group as developed draft regulations for Employment First in Maryland and outcomes and outcomes.  Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration has also developed a position statement based on the work of the collaborative statewide Employment First Workgroup.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maryland WorkFORCE Promise - 02/01/2010

“Our mission is to promote the personal and professional independence of individuals with disabilities by effecting systems change to eliminate barriers to employment.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Temporary Disability Assistance

“The Temporary Disability Assistance Program (TDAP) is available to help low-income, disabled Marylanders through a period of short-term disability or while they are awaiting approval of federal disability support. The program is funded through the State of Maryland to provide help to individuals without dependent children.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Maryland Workforce Promise Customized Employment Definition

“Customized Employment is…”

Individualizing the employment relationship between employees and employers in ways that meet the needs of both A person centered approach to employment that is based on the individual’s Strengths Needs Interests Blend of services designed to increase employment options for individuals with significant disabilities  
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Public Engagement Strategies Redefine “No Wrong Door” in Maryland

For over ten years Maryland has refined its NWD/ADRC initiative, known as Maryland Access Points (MAP). The term “Maryland Access Point” was chosen to remove any semblance of preferences for “aging” or “disability” being first in the name, as Maryland wanted its NWD/ADRC to be seen as access points for all individuals needing LTSS. Starting in 2008, Maryland formally initiated its branding process and hired a consultant to construct a marketing plan for consumers and providers that eliminated system fragmentation, increased awareness of LTSS, and focused on prevention of crises. The state launched a toll free number in August 2014 and a new website in February 2015.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Maryland Department of Human Resources, Office of Employment and Program Equity

The Maryland Department of Human Resources is committed to the principle of fair practices and equal opportunity for all of its employees and customers. The Office of Employment and Program Equity has the primary responsibility for ensuring the effectiveness and success of the Department’s comprehensive Equal Opportunity Program. Programs include:

1.        Equal Employment Opportunity

2.        Affirmative Action

3.        Minority Business Enterprises

4.        Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance Program

5.        Title VI Compliance

6.        Program Equity

7.        Complaint Investigations

8.        DHR Mediation Program

          9.        Training and Technical Support

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Maryland Department of Education “Understanding the Evaluation, Eligibility and Individualized Education Program (IEP) Process in Maryland”

The public agency uses a team process to decide whether a child is a student with a disability as defined by the IDEA and the educational needs of the child. Each public agency is responsible for initiating and conducting meetings for the purposes of developing, reviewing, and revising the IEP of a student with a disability, and determining the child’s educational placement. The parents of each student with a disability must be notified and afforded the opportunity to participate in any IEP team meeting conducted for their child.  Parents are members of the IEP team that makes decisions regarding the child’s educational placement. The public agency shall make reasonable efforts to ensure that the parents understand, and are able to participate in any group discussions relating to the educational placement of their child, including arranging for an interpreter for parents with deafness, or whose native language is not English.

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Rehabilitation Services “Training Customized for Your Business”

On-the-Job Training

DORS can provide funding for on-the-job training for a new employee and reimburse a business for a percentage of the new employees’ wages while they are in training.DORS also offers technical assistance and follow-along services to the trainee and the business.

Customized & Partnership Training

DORS partners with businesses and educational institutions to identify specific needs and design customized training programs to meet those needs. Training may take place at the DORS Workforce & Technology Center, on the job site, by an outside vendor, or by a combination of these settings.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement

Maryland Department of Disabilities, Response to FY 2016 Budget Hearings

In November of 2014, MDOD was designated the Lead State Agency for a technical assistance opportunity through the US Department of Labor Office on Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). The Employment First Core State Leadership Mentoring Program will provide training and assess six (6) community providers to build capacity and transform community providers on customized employment. MDOD and the State and external partners will also develop recommendations for core competencies related to customized employment within the State and identify ways to infuse Employment First initiatives into the nonresidential portion of the State’s Home and Community Based Services Waivers delivered through Medicaid.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Employment First in Maryland

In 2008/2009, the Developmental Disabilities Administration’s (DDA) engaged stakeholders in an intensive strategic planning process, including planning to improve employment outcomes for people with developmental disabilities in Maryland.   The following position statement is in support of the DDA’s broader values, mission and vision and is a product of that strategic planning process.   “The DDA believes that all people with developmental disabilities CAN work, and contribute to their community, when given opportunity, training, and supports that build on their strengths.  Employment will be the first option considered for all people of working age who receive DDA services.”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

MD Developmental Disabilities Administration Position Statement on Employment Services

"In 2008, the Developmental Disabilities Administration’s (DDA) engaged stakeholders in an intensive strategic planning process, including planning to improve employment outcomes for people with developmental disabilities in Maryland. The following position statement is in support of the DDA’s broader values, mission and vision and is a product of the strategic planning process.

Commitment: The DDA believes that all people with developmental disabilities CAN work, and contribute to their community, when given opportunity, training, and supports that build on their strengths. Position Statement: Employment will be the “first” option considered for all people of working age who receive DDA services. Vision: Every Marylander maximizes his/her career potential and employers have access to the human resources they need to be successful."  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

MD DDA Definition of Day and Employment Services

SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT “Employment in an integrated work setting. This is defined as a workplace in the community, where the majority of individuals do not have disabilities, and which provides opportunities to interact with non-disabled individual to the same extent that individuals employed in comparable position would interact. Individuals are working in individualized, integrated jobs in the community business for pay at or above minimum wage.”  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Partnerships


Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council “2017 Legislative Overview” - 04/01/2017

~~“DDA FY2018 Budget Expansion: Approximately 789 young adults with developmental disabilities leaving school will receive employment or other day services. DDA projects that 100% of transitioning youth will receive this support.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Governor’s Interagency Transition Council for Youth with Disabilities - 09/30/2016

“The primary responsibility of the IATC is to review, revise and update annually the Interagency State Plan for Transitioning Youth with Disabilities to ensure effective interagency planning and delivery of services for secondary students with disabilities. Additionally, the IATC is tasked with identifying and reporting activities of each partner which impact the delivery, quality and availability of transition services. The IATC also serves in an advisory capacity to all transition-related federal grants.”“”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

FY2017 Interagency State Plan for Transitioning Youth with Disabilities - 07/01/2016

This is a document of the approved goals for students with disabilities who are transitioning from high school to post-secondary school or employment. “

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

MD Governor’s Interagency Transition Council (IATC) - 08/02/2007

The Interagency Transition Council for youth with Disabilities (IATC) is a partnership of State and local government agencies, educators, family members and advocates.  The IATC's purpose is to help improve the policies and practices that affect Maryland students with disabilities preparing to transition from high school to adult services, college, employment, and independent living.  The current IATC was created in 2007 by an order of the Governor.

In 2010, the Governor’s Interagency Transition Council (IATC) approved a strategic plan for students with disabilities transitioning from high school. The Plan has 3 goals:

Every student with a disability will exit secondary school prepared for employment. Every student with a disability will exit secondary school aware of postsecondary education options. Every student with a disability and their family will receive support and education to successfully assist their young adult through the transition process.
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Navigating the Transition Years Handbook 2010

If your child has an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), a team of staff members is responsible for helping them with their transition planning and the implementation of their plan. If your child is on a 504 plan, they still have access to the services of a guidance counselor, transition coordinator, and Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) counselor, but you and your child may be responsible for initiating contact to access their support

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maryland Customized Employment Project

The Maryland Department of Disabilities and the Developmental Disabilities Administration recently announced a partnership with five providers of vocational services throughout the state to implement a two-year initiative aimed at addressing employment barriers for job seekers with developmental disabilities. The Maryland Customized Employment Project, funded through Kessler Foundation of New Jersey, represents a collaboration among state agencies, service providers, and the business community. The goal of the project is to increase the training of support staff in proven methods of customized employment strategies which lead to long term, competitive community work.

 

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maryland Coalition of Families for Children’s Mental Health

"Incorporated in 1999 as a private, nonprofit organization, MCF is Maryland’s statewide family network organization, a designation from the federal Substance Use and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). MCF changed its name from "Maryland Coalition of Families for Children’s Mental Health" to the "Maryland Coalition of Families" in 2016. MCF is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of at least 51% adult caregivers of a child or adolescent with a diagnosable emotional or behavioral disability. All of our family support staff are parents who have cared for a child with behavioral health needs and have been trained to help other families."
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maryland Learning Links - Transition 101

Maryland Learning Links is a site developed under federal funding through a State Improvement Grant.  It is co-owned by the Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Special Education and Early Intervention Services (MSDE), and other community stakeholders. The Transition section of the site, “ is primarily meant to provide parents with the information they need to support the successful transition of their children to adulthood.   It’s filled with… information and tools… and several timelines that can help [parents] better understand and make the most of Transition Planning and Services…”

Systems
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maryland Governor’s Transitioning Youth Initiative (GTYI)

The Governor’s Transitioning Youth Initiative (GTYI) is a collaboration funded through a partnership between the Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) and the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA).  The purpose of the Initiative is to show that all students with disabilities can work and contribute to Maryland’s future after leaving school.  The Governor's Transitioning Youth Initiative earmarks funds in the DDA budget for eligible students leaving school, regardless of the severity of their situation and their relative need for immediate services.  

 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Systems-Change Funding


14(c) Certificate Program Resources - 01/21/2017

~~“This page is a list of links about the 14(C) subminimum wage program including a Q&A about career counseling for workers earning less than minimum wage and benefits planning services for subminimum wage workers.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Innovations in Maryland’s Local Workforce Plans A BEST PRACTICES GUIDE - 01/01/2017

~~“Title IV: Vocational Rehabilitation Services - Department of Rehabilitative Services (DORS)

DORS prepares people with disabilities to go to work and helps them to stay on the job. Rehabilitation counselors in DORS Region 5 field offices in Baltimore County provide or arrange for services that may include career counseling, assistive technology, vocational training and/or job placement assistance. DORS staff have specific areas of expertise to work with populations with significant disabilities. There are technical specialists who work with individuals with chronic illness, learning disabilities, traumatic brain injury, orthopedic issues, and intellectual disabilities.

In addition to services delivered via field offices, DORS also contracts with CCBC’s Center for Alternative and Supported Education (CASE). CASE’s Single Step program serves approximately 100 to 200 Baltimore County DORS participants annually who have cognitive, developmental, and mental health disabilities, providing academic, pre-vocational, social and independent living skills for students with special needs.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement

Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council Webinar: “Everything You Wanted to Know about DDA but Were Afraid to Ask” - 11/14/2016

“Schools are required to begin transition planning for students at age 14. With new Service options* available it is important to start early, educate yourself on new models and options, visit programs, and let your IEP team know about the new options. Schools are required to invite DORS to the IEP meeting beginning at age 18 and any other relevant entity. Ask your local Coordination of Community Service agency to attend the IEP meeting to ensure there are links between the school and the DDA system.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

“Transforming and Improving Practices through Customized Technical Assistance (TIP) Grants” - 10/03/2016

“The purpose of this initiative is to improve the employment outcomes of people with developmental disabilities by building the capacity of community service providers licensed by the Developmental Disabilities Administration. Through customized technical assistance by subject matter experts, providers will improve the way services are provided so that more people with developmental disabilities are supported to get and keep the meaningful work they want in their communities and to have meaningful days when not working. All grant recipients will participate in a learning community to share their efforts to improve employment outcomes and receive mutual peer support.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment

Montgomery County, MD Customized Employment Intern Project (MCPIP) - 10/09/2015

An example of a successful County program serving individuals with significant disabilities is the Montgomery County Customized Employment Public Intern Project (MCPIP). Created in 2007, MCPIP provides flexible employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities to fulfill the work requirements of County departments. Department representatives work with a customized employment career specialist to identify and create part-time positions based on a department’s workforce needs. 

MCPIP participants serve as paid interns in department positions based on their individual job interests, skills and competencies. MCPIP interns gain valuable work experience by developing on-the-job skills to help them compete for County merit positions or opportunities in other organizations

Maryland’s Montgomery County government has adopted a policy to create internships for career seekers with significant disabilities, based on a Customized Employment (CE) strategy. This demand-driven CE policy creates the position for a CE Specialist at TransCen, Inc., a local workforce development intermediary, to conduct an analysis of a department’s need within the Montgomery County government.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maryland Add Us In Initiative - 09/30/2011

TransCen, Inc. leads the local “Add Us In” consortium whose work empowers small businesses to work collectively to build the next generation workforce through jobs, paid internships, and mentoring for youth and young adults with disabilities.

 

Add Us In Maryland will:     • continually involve and assesses the changing needs of the business community     • utilize a business network that creates jobs and markets workforce training and services to other prospective businesses     • support employers in diversifying their workforce to include individuals with disabilities    • adapt and field-test an evidenced-based service delivery model with the emerging strategies of customized employment to increase the number and range of employment opportunities available to youth/young adults with disabilities     • provide services and replication products biased to the needs and circumstances of the employer as well as the job seeker.  
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

“State Grant to Help Expand Employment Opportunities to Those With Disabilities in County” (DEI)

According to a news release, the U.S. Department of Labor recently awarded Disability Employment Initiative grants totaling 14.9 million to support workforce development in six states, including $2.5 million for the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation for distribution in Montgomery and Anne Arundel counties.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene “Provider Enrollment”

Due to changes in federal rules, the Community First Choice and Community Personal Assistance Services programs are no longer accepting provider applications to become an Independent Personal Assistance provider.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Mental Health

Maryland Customized Employment Project

The Maryland Department of Disabilities and the Developmental Disabilities Administration recently announced a partnership with five providers of vocational services throughout the state to implement a two-year initiative aimed at addressing employment barriers for job seekers with developmental disabilities. The Maryland Customized Employment Project, funded through Kessler Foundation of New Jersey, represents a collaboration among state agencies, service providers, and the business community. The goal of the project is to increase the training of support staff in proven methods of customized employment strategies which lead to long term, competitive community work.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maryland EID Program

The EID Program, administered by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH), provides Medical Assistance (also called Medicaid) to working Marylanders with disabilities who meet a few conditions.  Medical Assistance:    • Covers most medical services for individuals who have no other health insurance,    • Saves individuals with Medicare $1,000 - $12,000 a year    • Supplements private insurance, paying for some services that the other insurance does not cover  
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Maryland Money Follows the Person

Money Follows the Person (MFP) in Maryland will help people transition from an institution, for example a nursing facility, to community living in an apartment, private home, or small group setting. MFP initiatives increase outreach to individuals in institutions and decrease barriers to transition. New efforts under MFP include peer mentoring, enhanced transition assistance, improved information technology, housing assistance, flexible transition funds, and the addition of waiver services to existing waivers.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Maryland Community First Choice

“The program provide assistance with activities of daily living to Medicaid recipients who have a chronic illness, medical condition or disability. Services are provided in the eligible individual's home or community residence (waiver participants may receive services in an assisted living facility). Other services in each program vary.  Please see each program’s fact sheet for information about the specific services provided through the program.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Maryland Balancing Incentive Program

“The Balancing Incentive Program authorizes grants to States to increase access to non-institutional long-term services and supports…The Balancing Incentive Program will help States transform their long-term care systems by, [l]owering costs through improved systems performance & efficiency, [c]reating tools to help consumers with care planning & assessment, [and], [i]mproving quality measurement & oversight.  The Balancing Incentive Program also provides new ways to serve more people in home and community-based settings, in keeping with the integration mandate of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as required by the Olmstead decision.” 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Training/Capacity Building


MD Department of Disabilities Employment First - 02/23/2015

In November of 2014, MDOD was designated the Lead State Agency for a technical assistance opportunity through the US Department of Labor Office on Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). The Employment First Core State Leadership Mentoring Program will provide training and assess six (6) community providers to build capacity and transform community providers on customized employment. MDOD and the State and external partners will also develop recommendations for core competencies related to customized employment within the State and identify ways to infuse Employment First initiatives into the nonresidential portion of the State’s Home and Community Based Services Waivers delivered through Medicaid.

 
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maryland Customized Employment Project

The Maryland Department of Disabilities and the Developmental Disabilities Administration recently announced a partnership with five providers of vocational services throughout the state to implement a two-year initiative aimed at addressing employment barriers for job seekers with developmental disabilities. The Maryland Customized Employment Project, funded through Kessler Foundation of New Jersey, represents a collaboration among state agencies, service providers, and the business community. The goal of the project is to increase the training of support staff in proven methods of customized employment strategies which lead to long term, competitive community work.

Kessler Foundation awarded a two-year, $282,000 grant to Supported Employment Enterprise Corporation (SEEC) to launch the “Maryland Customized Employment Project”—an initiative to improve employment outcomes for individuals with developmental disabilities through holistic, collaborative partnerships with jobseekers and their families, state agencies and employers. The grant is part of $2.3 million distributed by Kessler Foundation to organizations across the U.S. to support initiatives that create and expand job training and employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maryland Works TIP Grants

The purpose of this initiative is to improve the employment outcomes of people with developmental disabilities by supporting community service providers (“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 so that more people with developmental disabilities are supported to get and keep meaningful work

they want in their communities making decent wages and to have meaningful days when not working. Providers will identify the specific assistance and

support needed to reach specified goals. All grant recipients will be required to participate in a learning community to share their efforts to improve employment outcomes and receive mutual peer support.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Humanim Supported Living & Housing Program

 

Developmental Disabilities Services ~~“Humanim provides supported living and supportive housing services to adults with chronic, severe, and persistent mental illness who are living in the community. We facilitate an individual’s self-sufficiency and personal growth by assisting them in all facets of independent living, with the goal of ensuring they can remain as independent as possible in their own home. Services can include:•Advocacy and Landlord Mediation•Locating and Securing Affordable Housing•Health Homes Care Coordination and Medical Support•Financial Management, Budgeting, and Life Skills Instruction•Case Management, Entitlements Assistance, and Community Resource Connection”  
Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health

Compass, Inc.

Compass, Inc. is a non-profit whose "mission is to support individuals to realize their dreams and lead fulfilling lives as valued members of their community. It is our strong belief that everyone, regardless of type or presentation of abilities can and should be supported to live fully in the community. It is our vision to provide cutting edge services and supports where every person has the opportunity to take risks to achieve unprecedented outcomes in pursuit of their dreams.” Compass, Inc. provides employment supports and services to individuals with disabilities.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement

Montgomery County Customized Employment Public Intern Project Description

The Customized Employment Public Intern Project was created based on the County’s knowledge that people with significant disabilities often have difficulty accessing County government positions. As an employer, Montgomery County recognizes that there are many job candidates with significant disabilities who have much to offer but have difficulty competing for traditional jobs within the government.   To go above and beyond what other County and State agencies have done, Montgomery County has established an initiative to create flexible work opportunities for individuals to fulfill the work requirements of County departments. All County departments will have the opportunity to work with a customized employment career specialist to identify and create part-time position descriptions based on the department’s need. Individuals with significant disabilities will be matched to work tasks based on their interests, skills and competencies. The hope is that the public interns will gain job experience and training to be able to compete for merit positions within the County, as well as at other places of employment.”  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement

Maryland Disability WorkFORCE Information Exchange

A statewide resource center providing    • Best Practices for Employment and Individuals with Disabilities    • Classroom Training    • Informational Website    • Follow-up Support    • Technical Assistance    • E-Learning   Training Spheres    • Employment supports and services available in Maryland    • Employer supports    • Benefits Counseling and Work Incentives    • Best Practices in Customized Employment    • Self-Employment and Entrepreneurial approaches for individuals with disabilities    • Customized trainings for One-Stop Staff, Businesses, Faith-Based and Community Organizations, Disability Navigators, Individuals with Disabilities, Family members, and State and Local agencies  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Maryland Transition Planning Guide

"The Maryland State Department of Education Transition Planning Guide focuses on the movement of your child with disabilities from school to appropriate postsecondary outcomes and supports the preparation for moving on to the next stage in life. Not every student will have the same goals and outcomes. All students should have goals for future employment whether it is full or part time or employment that includes assistance to be successful. All students should have goals and outcomes for postsecondary education or training that they will need to reach their employment goals. Your child may even have specific independent living goals."

 
Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Annual Maryland Transition Conference

Sponsored by the Governor's Interagency Transition Council, for Youth with Disabilities. Topics Include:

Employment Postsecondary Education Adult Service Linkages Accommodations & Supports Youth Development & Leadership Housing  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities

The Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities (MCDD) at Kennedy Krieger Institute is dedicated to leadership in the field of developmental and other disabilities, so that people of all ages can maximize their potential and achieve independence, productivity, and inclusion within their communities   The Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities staff are engaged in four core functions:    • Interdisciplinary Pre-Service Training    • Community Service and Technical Assistance    • Research and Evaluation    • Dissemination Activities  
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Enforcement


United States vs. Baltimore County, MD - 08/07/2012

The decree requires the County to  adopt new policies and procedures regarding the administration of medical examinations and inquiries and provide training on the ADA to all current supervisory employees and all employees who participate in making personnel decisions

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Medicaid & Employment


1115 HealthChoice Waiver Renewal - 01/01/2017

~~“Effective January 1, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved and renewed Maryland's §1115 demonstration waiver, known as HealthChoice, for a period of five years….. The 2017 extension made the following changes to the demonstration:•Created a Residential Treatment for Individuals with Substance Use Disorder (SUD) program as part of a comprehensive SUD strategy;•Created two community health pilot programs:◦Evidence-based Home Visiting (HV) pilot program to provide home visiting services for high-risk pregnant women and children up to two years of age; and◦Assistance in Community Integration Services (ACIS) pilot program to provide housing-related support services for high-risk, high utilizers who are either transitioning to the community from institutionalization or at high-risk of institutional placement;•Raised the enrollment cap for the Increased Community Services program from 30 to 100; and•Expanded dental benefits for former foster youth.”

 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

MD HCBS Transition Plan - 09/02/2016

Maryland receives funding from the federal government to help pay for services provided in programs such as the Autism, Brain Injury, Community Pathways, Community Options, Model, and Medical Day Waivers and a program that helps children, youth and families. Last year, the federal government put out new rules that states must follow to continue to receive funding to pay for services. Maryland reviewed programs and found areas that do not meet the rules and must be changed. This plan gives information about the new rules; the States review of programs and the plan to fix areas; and input received from various stakeholders like participants, family members, self-advocates, and others.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

“Guide to Maryland Medical Assistance Coverage” - 08/01/2016

“The purpose of a home and community based services waiver program, also known as a “1915(c) waiver,” is to enable children or aged, blind, or disabled adults requiring a nursing facility level of care to reside in their homes or community settings rather than in a medical institution. • Services for waiver participants are federally matched expenses, although these services are not included in the State Medicaid Plan. • Each waiver program has different medical and other non-financial criteria for its targeted population.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

MD Community Pathways (0023.R06.00) - 07/01/2013

Provides community residential hab, community supported living arrangements, expanded day hab-employment discovery and customization, expanded day hab-supported employment, live-in caregiver, medical day care, resource coordination, respite, traditional day hab, assistive technology and adaptive equipment, behavioral supports, environmental accessibility adaptations, expanded day hab-community learning, family/individual support, residential hab II, transition, transportation for individual w/ID/DD ages 0 - no max age

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Maryland DoE ESEA Flexibility Waiver - 05/29/2012

“MSDE’s core values of commitment to every student, belief that all students can and must learn, certainty that schools  must help students grow, and conviction that the educator evaluation system must be equitable are achieved through data-driven accountability systems, high standards of excellence from teachers and principals and dynamic collaboration between Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and MSDE.  Maryland’s ambitious mission is to provide every student with a world-class education that ensures post-graduation college- and career-readiness”

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

MD New Directions Independence Plus Waiver (0424.R01.00) - 07/01/2008

Provides community supported living arrangements, expanded day hab-supported employment, expanded day hab-employment discovery and customization, live-in caregiver, medical day care, resource coordination, respite, traditional day hab, support brokerage, assistive technology and adaptative equipment, behavioral supports, environmental accessibility adaptation, expanded day hab-community learning, family/individual support, transition, transportation for individuals w/ID/DD ages 0 - no max age.

This waiver expired 06/30/2013.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Maryland Money Follows the Person

Money Follows the Person (MFP) in Maryland will help people transition from an institution, for example a nursing facility, to community living in an apartment, private home, or small group setting. MFP initiatives increase outreach to individuals in institutions and decrease barriers to transition. New efforts under MFP include peer mentoring, enhanced transition assistance, improved information technology, housing assistance, flexible transition funds, and the addition of waiver services to existing waivers.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Maryland Community First Choice

“The program provide assistance with activities of daily living to Medicaid recipients who have a chronic illness, medical condition or disability. Services are provided in the eligible individual's home or community residence (waiver participants may receive services in an assisted living facility). Other services in each program vary.  Please see each program’s fact sheet for information about the specific services provided through the program.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

States - Phablet

Snapshot

The numerous efforts to support individuals with disabilities in securing and sustaining competitive, integrated employment in the Old Line State of Maryland are more than you can imagine. We're open for business, and welcome the skills and talents of workers with disabilities! 

State VR Rates and Services

A list of services offered by this state’s Vocational Rehabilitation agency, along with the standard rates paid for the performance of those services.

PDF icon Maryland’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
90.04%
Change from
2014 to 2015
60,006,401
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
4.19%
Change from
2014 to 2015
328,697
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
6.43%
Change from
2014 to 2015
131,573
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
2.35%
Change from
2014 to 2015
40.03%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
1.31%
Change from
2014 to 2015
79.25%

State Data

General

2015
Population. 60,006,401
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 328,697
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 131,573
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 2,702,355
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 40.03%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 79.25%
Overall unemployment rate. 5.10%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 16.90%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 8.90%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 302,977
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 341,118
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 394,100
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 200,943
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 30,255
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 2,314
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 19,939
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 559
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 16,358
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 9,882

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2016
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 6,165
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 5.80%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 131,074

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 17,019
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 37,890
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 74,986
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 22.70%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 8,821
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.08

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 56
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 34
Percentage of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment relative to total the number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work. 61.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 0.57

 

VR OUTCOMES

2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 10,178
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 204,612
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $75,204,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $144,015,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $0
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 39.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. N/A
Number of people served in facility based work. N/A
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 8,051
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 85.20

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 68.86%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 13.12%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 6.89%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 99.66%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14a). 23.90%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14b). 49.18%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or in some other postsecondary education or training program; or competitively employed or in some other employment within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14c). 56.32%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Subset of Indicator 14). 25.28%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 4,727,875
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 5,994
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 267,634
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 2,927,591
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 3,195,225
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 162
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 2,256
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 2,418
AbilityOne wages (products). $2,320,330
AbilityOne wages (services). $37,326,061

 

WAGE AND HOUR DIVISION: 14(c) CERTIFICATE-HOLDING ENTITIES OUTCOMES

2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 2
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 35
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 3
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 40
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding private businesses. 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 408
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 3,470
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 393
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 4,271

 

Legislation


SB 0344/HB0448 “Maryland Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Program - Account Clarifications” - 04/11/2017

~~“Clarifying that a specified amount may be contributed in each calendar year to an account for a disabled individual under the Maryland Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Program; providing that contributions to an ABLE account may not exceed a specified maximum amount; and requiring the Maryland 529 Board to adopt specified procedures to ensure that specified contributions to ABLE accounts do not exceed a specified maximum limit.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

HB 420/SB 417: Ken Capone Equal Employment Act (EEA) - 05/19/2016

MDLC Board member Ken Capone, People on the Go, MDLC, and other advocates and coalition partners led this strong and successful effort to abolish the payment of subminimum wages to people with disabilities in Maryland. Like SB 765, the bill will become a national model when signed into law and make Maryland the second U.S. state to eliminate this discriminatory exception to Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938. The EEA will phase out “sheltered workshops” that pay people as little as pennies per hour and require the Maryland Department of Disabilities and the Developmental Disabilities Administration to implement a 4-year transition plan to move individuals from segregated day programs to competitive integrated employment. MDLC participates on the Employment First Steering Committee that is developing the policies and infrastructure to support transition to competitive integrated employment.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

HB 431/SB 355: ABLE Act - 04/12/2016

 Federal law enacted in December 2014 authorized states to establish tax-advantaged savings program to help people with disabilities save limited amounts for disability-related expenses (such as health care, assistive technology, education, employment supports and housing) without losing eligibility for certain public benefits. Maryland legislation enacted in 2015 established the ABLE Task Force to make recommendations for an ABLE Program, resulting in this year’s bill. College Savings Plans of Maryland and the Maryland Department of Disabilities and will co-manage the program. Governor Hogan committed $745,000 for program start-up costs and signed the legislation into law on April 12, 2016.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Maryland HB 473 - 05/12/2015

Altering the amount of a credit against specified State taxes for wages and child care or transportation expenses related to qualified employees with disabilities; and applying the Act to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2014.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
Citations

Maryland SB 761 - 05/12/2015

“BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF MARYLAND, That: (a) “Maryland ABLE Program” means a program in Maryland allowing disabled individuals or their families to establish savings accounts to pay qualified expenses for disabled individuals authorized under the federal Achieving a Better Life Experience  (ABLE) Act.  (b) It is the intent of the General Assembly that the State establish a Maryland ABLE Program.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
Citations

Executive Orders


Executive Order 01.01.2009.10 Maryland Disability History and Awareness Month - 07/26/2009

“Now, therefore, I, Martin O’Malley, Governor of the State of Maryland […] hereby proclaim the following executive order, effective immediately.

State of Maryland Executive Branch agencies shall annually observe October as Disability History and Awareness Month.

The Department of Disabilities shall take steps to increase public awareness of the history of disabilities and the disability rights movement […]

The Maryland State Department of Education shall encourage and assist local boards of education to provide instruction in the history of disabilities, people with disabilities, and the disability rights movement during the observance of Disability History Awareness Month.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maryland Executive Order 01.01.2007.13 - 08/02/2007

"It is the policy of the State of Maryland to ensure a smooth and effective transition for all students with disabilities from secondary education to adult services such as postsecondary education and employment; and to provide transition planning for students and families that is student focused and family-centered, based on individual strengths and needs, utilizes best practices, and leads to outcomes in the most integrated setting appropriate; and It is deemed necessary to establish an Interagency Transition Council to recommend policies and identify the funding requirements to ensure effective, efficient, and comprehensive delivery of services that will most effectively meet the transition needs of Maryland students with disabilities."

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Policy


“WIOA, Competitive Integrated Employment, and VR Funding” - 01/11/2017

~~“The Individualized Plan for Employment for a DORS consumer must include a specific employment goal that is consistent with the general goal of competitive integrated employment.  For an employment outcome to be considered competitive integrated employment, WIOA regulations require that the outcome satisfy the following criteria to be permitted under the Vocational Rehabilitation program:1.competitive earnings2.integrated location3.opportunities for advancement

If an individual’s employment fails to satisfy any one of these three components, the employment will not meet the definition of competitive integrated employment and will no longer be allowed under the VR program. Please see the Competitive Integrated Employment Fact Sheet (below) for clarification regarding the definition of competitive integrated employment and frequently asked questions.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services

“Governor’s Interagency Transition Council for Youth with Disabilities” - 09/30/2016

“The primary responsibility of the IATC is to review, revise and update annually the Interagency State Plan for Transitioning Youth with Disabilities to ensure effective interagency planning and delivery of services for secondary students with disabilities. Additionally, the IATC is tasked with identifying and reporting activities of each partner which impact the delivery, quality and availability of transition services. The IATC also serves in an advisory capacity to all transition-related federal grants.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

“FY2017 Interagency State Plan for Transitioning Youth with Disabilities” - 07/01/2016

“This is a document of the approved goals for students with disabilities who are transitioning from high school to post-secondary school or employment.” It consists of a set of tables, one for each goal, that lists the measures and strategies that have been developed for the goal,and the data sources and agencies that are involved in each one.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

VR (Vocational Rehabilitation) & IL(Independent Living) Policies and Procedures Manual Section 800 “Supported Employment” - 06/01/2014

“Supported employment is competitive work in an integrated work setting, or employment in integrated work settings in which individuals are working towards competitive work, with ongoing support services for individuals with the most significant disabilities. It is for individuals for whom competitive employment has not traditionally occurred or for whom competitive employment has been interrupted or intermittent as a result of a most significant disability; and who, because of the nature and severity of their disabilities, need intensive supported employment services from the Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) and subsequent extended services funded by another entity (usually MHA, DDA or the Governor’s Employment Program for Individuals with Acquired Brain Injury) in order to perform this work.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

MD State Activities to Implement Employment First - 05/02/2013

“Maryland APSE continues to participate as a member of Maryland’s statewide Employment First Workgroup, in partnership with a number of stakeholders… The work group as developed draft regulations for Employment First in Maryland and outcomes and outcomes.  Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration has also developed a position statement based on the work of the collaborative statewide Employment First Workgroup.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maryland WorkFORCE Promise - 02/01/2010

“Our mission is to promote the personal and professional independence of individuals with disabilities by effecting systems change to eliminate barriers to employment.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Temporary Disability Assistance

“The Temporary Disability Assistance Program (TDAP) is available to help low-income, disabled Marylanders through a period of short-term disability or while they are awaiting approval of federal disability support. The program is funded through the State of Maryland to provide help to individuals without dependent children.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Maryland Workforce Promise Customized Employment Definition

“Customized Employment is…”

Individualizing the employment relationship between employees and employers in ways that meet the needs of both A person centered approach to employment that is based on the individual’s Strengths Needs Interests Blend of services designed to increase employment options for individuals with significant disabilities  
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Public Engagement Strategies Redefine “No Wrong Door” in Maryland

For over ten years Maryland has refined its NWD/ADRC initiative, known as Maryland Access Points (MAP). The term “Maryland Access Point” was chosen to remove any semblance of preferences for “aging” or “disability” being first in the name, as Maryland wanted its NWD/ADRC to be seen as access points for all individuals needing LTSS. Starting in 2008, Maryland formally initiated its branding process and hired a consultant to construct a marketing plan for consumers and providers that eliminated system fragmentation, increased awareness of LTSS, and focused on prevention of crises. The state launched a toll free number in August 2014 and a new website in February 2015.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Maryland Department of Human Resources, Office of Employment and Program Equity

The Maryland Department of Human Resources is committed to the principle of fair practices and equal opportunity for all of its employees and customers. The Office of Employment and Program Equity has the primary responsibility for ensuring the effectiveness and success of the Department’s comprehensive Equal Opportunity Program. Programs include:

1.        Equal Employment Opportunity

2.        Affirmative Action

3.        Minority Business Enterprises

4.        Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance Program

5.        Title VI Compliance

6.        Program Equity

7.        Complaint Investigations

8.        DHR Mediation Program

          9.        Training and Technical Support

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Maryland Department of Education “Understanding the Evaluation, Eligibility and Individualized Education Program (IEP) Process in Maryland”

The public agency uses a team process to decide whether a child is a student with a disability as defined by the IDEA and the educational needs of the child. Each public agency is responsible for initiating and conducting meetings for the purposes of developing, reviewing, and revising the IEP of a student with a disability, and determining the child’s educational placement. The parents of each student with a disability must be notified and afforded the opportunity to participate in any IEP team meeting conducted for their child.  Parents are members of the IEP team that makes decisions regarding the child’s educational placement. The public agency shall make reasonable efforts to ensure that the parents understand, and are able to participate in any group discussions relating to the educational placement of their child, including arranging for an interpreter for parents with deafness, or whose native language is not English.

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Rehabilitation Services “Training Customized for Your Business”

On-the-Job Training

DORS can provide funding for on-the-job training for a new employee and reimburse a business for a percentage of the new employees’ wages while they are in training.DORS also offers technical assistance and follow-along services to the trainee and the business.

Customized & Partnership Training

DORS partners with businesses and educational institutions to identify specific needs and design customized training programs to meet those needs. Training may take place at the DORS Workforce & Technology Center, on the job site, by an outside vendor, or by a combination of these settings.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement

Maryland Department of Disabilities, Response to FY 2016 Budget Hearings

In November of 2014, MDOD was designated the Lead State Agency for a technical assistance opportunity through the US Department of Labor Office on Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). The Employment First Core State Leadership Mentoring Program will provide training and assess six (6) community providers to build capacity and transform community providers on customized employment. MDOD and the State and external partners will also develop recommendations for core competencies related to customized employment within the State and identify ways to infuse Employment First initiatives into the nonresidential portion of the State’s Home and Community Based Services Waivers delivered through Medicaid.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Employment First in Maryland

In 2008/2009, the Developmental Disabilities Administration’s (DDA) engaged stakeholders in an intensive strategic planning process, including planning to improve employment outcomes for people with developmental disabilities in Maryland.   The following position statement is in support of the DDA’s broader values, mission and vision and is a product of that strategic planning process.   “The DDA believes that all people with developmental disabilities CAN work, and contribute to their community, when given opportunity, training, and supports that build on their strengths.  Employment will be the first option considered for all people of working age who receive DDA services.”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

MD Developmental Disabilities Administration Position Statement on Employment Services

"In 2008, the Developmental Disabilities Administration’s (DDA) engaged stakeholders in an intensive strategic planning process, including planning to improve employment outcomes for people with developmental disabilities in Maryland. The following position statement is in support of the DDA’s broader values, mission and vision and is a product of the strategic planning process.

Commitment: The DDA believes that all people with developmental disabilities CAN work, and contribute to their community, when given opportunity, training, and supports that build on their strengths. Position Statement: Employment will be the “first” option considered for all people of working age who receive DDA services. Vision: Every Marylander maximizes his/her career potential and employers have access to the human resources they need to be successful."  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

MD DDA Definition of Day and Employment Services

SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT “Employment in an integrated work setting. This is defined as a workplace in the community, where the majority of individuals do not have disabilities, and which provides opportunities to interact with non-disabled individual to the same extent that individuals employed in comparable position would interact. Individuals are working in individualized, integrated jobs in the community business for pay at or above minimum wage.”  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Partnerships


Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council “2017 Legislative Overview” - 04/01/2017

~~“DDA FY2018 Budget Expansion: Approximately 789 young adults with developmental disabilities leaving school will receive employment or other day services. DDA projects that 100% of transitioning youth will receive this support.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Governor’s Interagency Transition Council for Youth with Disabilities - 09/30/2016

“The primary responsibility of the IATC is to review, revise and update annually the Interagency State Plan for Transitioning Youth with Disabilities to ensure effective interagency planning and delivery of services for secondary students with disabilities. Additionally, the IATC is tasked with identifying and reporting activities of each partner which impact the delivery, quality and availability of transition services. The IATC also serves in an advisory capacity to all transition-related federal grants.”“”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

FY2017 Interagency State Plan for Transitioning Youth with Disabilities - 07/01/2016

This is a document of the approved goals for students with disabilities who are transitioning from high school to post-secondary school or employment. “

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

MD Governor’s Interagency Transition Council (IATC) - 08/02/2007

The Interagency Transition Council for youth with Disabilities (IATC) is a partnership of State and local government agencies, educators, family members and advocates.  The IATC's purpose is to help improve the policies and practices that affect Maryland students with disabilities preparing to transition from high school to adult services, college, employment, and independent living.  The current IATC was created in 2007 by an order of the Governor.

In 2010, the Governor’s Interagency Transition Council (IATC) approved a strategic plan for students with disabilities transitioning from high school. The Plan has 3 goals:

Every student with a disability will exit secondary school prepared for employment. Every student with a disability will exit secondary school aware of postsecondary education options. Every student with a disability and their family will receive support and education to successfully assist their young adult through the transition process.
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Navigating the Transition Years Handbook 2010

If your child has an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), a team of staff members is responsible for helping them with their transition planning and the implementation of their plan. If your child is on a 504 plan, they still have access to the services of a guidance counselor, transition coordinator, and Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) counselor, but you and your child may be responsible for initiating contact to access their support

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maryland Customized Employment Project

The Maryland Department of Disabilities and the Developmental Disabilities Administration recently announced a partnership with five providers of vocational services throughout the state to implement a two-year initiative aimed at addressing employment barriers for job seekers with developmental disabilities. The Maryland Customized Employment Project, funded through Kessler Foundation of New Jersey, represents a collaboration among state agencies, service providers, and the business community. The goal of the project is to increase the training of support staff in proven methods of customized employment strategies which lead to long term, competitive community work.

 

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maryland Coalition of Families for Children’s Mental Health

"Incorporated in 1999 as a private, nonprofit organization, MCF is Maryland’s statewide family network organization, a designation from the federal Substance Use and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). MCF changed its name from "Maryland Coalition of Families for Children’s Mental Health" to the "Maryland Coalition of Families" in 2016. MCF is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of at least 51% adult caregivers of a child or adolescent with a diagnosable emotional or behavioral disability. All of our family support staff are parents who have cared for a child with behavioral health needs and have been trained to help other families."
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maryland Learning Links - Transition 101

Maryland Learning Links is a site developed under federal funding through a State Improvement Grant.  It is co-owned by the Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Special Education and Early Intervention Services (MSDE), and other community stakeholders. The Transition section of the site, “ is primarily meant to provide parents with the information they need to support the successful transition of their children to adulthood.   It’s filled with… information and tools… and several timelines that can help [parents] better understand and make the most of Transition Planning and Services…”

Systems
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maryland Governor’s Transitioning Youth Initiative (GTYI)

The Governor’s Transitioning Youth Initiative (GTYI) is a collaboration funded through a partnership between the Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) and the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA).  The purpose of the Initiative is to show that all students with disabilities can work and contribute to Maryland’s future after leaving school.  The Governor's Transitioning Youth Initiative earmarks funds in the DDA budget for eligible students leaving school, regardless of the severity of their situation and their relative need for immediate services.  

 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Systems-Change Funding


14(c) Certificate Program Resources - 01/21/2017

~~“This page is a list of links about the 14(C) subminimum wage program including a Q&A about career counseling for workers earning less than minimum wage and benefits planning services for subminimum wage workers.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Innovations in Maryland’s Local Workforce Plans A BEST PRACTICES GUIDE - 01/01/2017

~~“Title IV: Vocational Rehabilitation Services - Department of Rehabilitative Services (DORS)

DORS prepares people with disabilities to go to work and helps them to stay on the job. Rehabilitation counselors in DORS Region 5 field offices in Baltimore County provide or arrange for services that may include career counseling, assistive technology, vocational training and/or job placement assistance. DORS staff have specific areas of expertise to work with populations with significant disabilities. There are technical specialists who work with individuals with chronic illness, learning disabilities, traumatic brain injury, orthopedic issues, and intellectual disabilities.

In addition to services delivered via field offices, DORS also contracts with CCBC’s Center for Alternative and Supported Education (CASE). CASE’s Single Step program serves approximately 100 to 200 Baltimore County DORS participants annually who have cognitive, developmental, and mental health disabilities, providing academic, pre-vocational, social and independent living skills for students with special needs.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement

Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council Webinar: “Everything You Wanted to Know about DDA but Were Afraid to Ask” - 11/14/2016

“Schools are required to begin transition planning for students at age 14. With new Service options* available it is important to start early, educate yourself on new models and options, visit programs, and let your IEP team know about the new options. Schools are required to invite DORS to the IEP meeting beginning at age 18 and any other relevant entity. Ask your local Coordination of Community Service agency to attend the IEP meeting to ensure there are links between the school and the DDA system.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

“Transforming and Improving Practices through Customized Technical Assistance (TIP) Grants” - 10/03/2016

“The purpose of this initiative is to improve the employment outcomes of people with developmental disabilities by building the capacity of community service providers licensed by the Developmental Disabilities Administration. Through customized technical assistance by subject matter experts, providers will improve the way services are provided so that more people with developmental disabilities are supported to get and keep the meaningful work they want in their communities and to have meaningful days when not working. All grant recipients will participate in a learning community to share their efforts to improve employment outcomes and receive mutual peer support.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment

Montgomery County, MD Customized Employment Intern Project (MCPIP) - 10/09/2015

An example of a successful County program serving individuals with significant disabilities is the Montgomery County Customized Employment Public Intern Project (MCPIP). Created in 2007, MCPIP provides flexible employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities to fulfill the work requirements of County departments. Department representatives work with a customized employment career specialist to identify and create part-time positions based on a department’s workforce needs. 

MCPIP participants serve as paid interns in department positions based on their individual job interests, skills and competencies. MCPIP interns gain valuable work experience by developing on-the-job skills to help them compete for County merit positions or opportunities in other organizations

Maryland’s Montgomery County government has adopted a policy to create internships for career seekers with significant disabilities, based on a Customized Employment (CE) strategy. This demand-driven CE policy creates the position for a CE Specialist at TransCen, Inc., a local workforce development intermediary, to conduct an analysis of a department’s need within the Montgomery County government.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maryland Add Us In Initiative - 09/30/2011

TransCen, Inc. leads the local “Add Us In” consortium whose work empowers small businesses to work collectively to build the next generation workforce through jobs, paid internships, and mentoring for youth and young adults with disabilities.

 

Add Us In Maryland will:     • continually involve and assesses the changing needs of the business community     • utilize a business network that creates jobs and markets workforce training and services to other prospective businesses     • support employers in diversifying their workforce to include individuals with disabilities    • adapt and field-test an evidenced-based service delivery model with the emerging strategies of customized employment to increase the number and range of employment opportunities available to youth/young adults with disabilities     • provide services and replication products biased to the needs and circumstances of the employer as well as the job seeker.  
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

“State Grant to Help Expand Employment Opportunities to Those With Disabilities in County” (DEI)

According to a news release, the U.S. Department of Labor recently awarded Disability Employment Initiative grants totaling 14.9 million to support workforce development in six states, including $2.5 million for the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation for distribution in Montgomery and Anne Arundel counties.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene “Provider Enrollment”

Due to changes in federal rules, the Community First Choice and Community Personal Assistance Services programs are no longer accepting provider applications to become an Independent Personal Assistance provider.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Mental Health

Maryland Customized Employment Project

The Maryland Department of Disabilities and the Developmental Disabilities Administration recently announced a partnership with five providers of vocational services throughout the state to implement a two-year initiative aimed at addressing employment barriers for job seekers with developmental disabilities. The Maryland Customized Employment Project, funded through Kessler Foundation of New Jersey, represents a collaboration among state agencies, service providers, and the business community. The goal of the project is to increase the training of support staff in proven methods of customized employment strategies which lead to long term, competitive community work.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maryland EID Program

The EID Program, administered by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH), provides Medical Assistance (also called Medicaid) to working Marylanders with disabilities who meet a few conditions.  Medical Assistance:    • Covers most medical services for individuals who have no other health insurance,    • Saves individuals with Medicare $1,000 - $12,000 a year    • Supplements private insurance, paying for some services that the other insurance does not cover  
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Maryland Money Follows the Person

Money Follows the Person (MFP) in Maryland will help people transition from an institution, for example a nursing facility, to community living in an apartment, private home, or small group setting. MFP initiatives increase outreach to individuals in institutions and decrease barriers to transition. New efforts under MFP include peer mentoring, enhanced transition assistance, improved information technology, housing assistance, flexible transition funds, and the addition of waiver services to existing waivers.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Maryland Community First Choice

“The program provide assistance with activities of daily living to Medicaid recipients who have a chronic illness, medical condition or disability. Services are provided in the eligible individual's home or community residence (waiver participants may receive services in an assisted living facility). Other services in each program vary.  Please see each program’s fact sheet for information about the specific services provided through the program.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Maryland Balancing Incentive Program

“The Balancing Incentive Program authorizes grants to States to increase access to non-institutional long-term services and supports…The Balancing Incentive Program will help States transform their long-term care systems by, [l]owering costs through improved systems performance & efficiency, [c]reating tools to help consumers with care planning & assessment, [and], [i]mproving quality measurement & oversight.  The Balancing Incentive Program also provides new ways to serve more people in home and community-based settings, in keeping with the integration mandate of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as required by the Olmstead decision.” 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Training/Capacity Building


MD Department of Disabilities Employment First - 02/23/2015

In November of 2014, MDOD was designated the Lead State Agency for a technical assistance opportunity through the US Department of Labor Office on Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). The Employment First Core State Leadership Mentoring Program will provide training and assess six (6) community providers to build capacity and transform community providers on customized employment. MDOD and the State and external partners will also develop recommendations for core competencies related to customized employment within the State and identify ways to infuse Employment First initiatives into the nonresidential portion of the State’s Home and Community Based Services Waivers delivered through Medicaid.

 
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maryland Customized Employment Project

The Maryland Department of Disabilities and the Developmental Disabilities Administration recently announced a partnership with five providers of vocational services throughout the state to implement a two-year initiative aimed at addressing employment barriers for job seekers with developmental disabilities. The Maryland Customized Employment Project, funded through Kessler Foundation of New Jersey, represents a collaboration among state agencies, service providers, and the business community. The goal of the project is to increase the training of support staff in proven methods of customized employment strategies which lead to long term, competitive community work.

Kessler Foundation awarded a two-year, $282,000 grant to Supported Employment Enterprise Corporation (SEEC) to launch the “Maryland Customized Employment Project”—an initiative to improve employment outcomes for individuals with developmental disabilities through holistic, collaborative partnerships with jobseekers and their families, state agencies and employers. The grant is part of $2.3 million distributed by Kessler Foundation to organizations across the U.S. to support initiatives that create and expand job training and employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maryland Works TIP Grants

The purpose of this initiative is to improve the employment outcomes of people with developmental disabilities by supporting community service providers (“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 so that more people with developmental disabilities are supported to get and keep meaningful work

they want in their communities making decent wages and to have meaningful days when not working. Providers will identify the specific assistance and

support needed to reach specified goals. All grant recipients will be required to participate in a learning community to share their efforts to improve employment outcomes and receive mutual peer support.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Humanim Supported Living & Housing Program

 

Developmental Disabilities Services ~~“Humanim provides supported living and supportive housing services to adults with chronic, severe, and persistent mental illness who are living in the community. We facilitate an individual’s self-sufficiency and personal growth by assisting them in all facets of independent living, with the goal of ensuring they can remain as independent as possible in their own home. Services can include:•Advocacy and Landlord Mediation•Locating and Securing Affordable Housing•Health Homes Care Coordination and Medical Support•Financial Management, Budgeting, and Life Skills Instruction•Case Management, Entitlements Assistance, and Community Resource Connection”  
Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health

Compass, Inc.

Compass, Inc. is a non-profit whose "mission is to support individuals to realize their dreams and lead fulfilling lives as valued members of their community. It is our strong belief that everyone, regardless of type or presentation of abilities can and should be supported to live fully in the community. It is our vision to provide cutting edge services and supports where every person has the opportunity to take risks to achieve unprecedented outcomes in pursuit of their dreams.” Compass, Inc. provides employment supports and services to individuals with disabilities.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement

Montgomery County Customized Employment Public Intern Project Description

The Customized Employment Public Intern Project was created based on the County’s knowledge that people with significant disabilities often have difficulty accessing County government positions. As an employer, Montgomery County recognizes that there are many job candidates with significant disabilities who have much to offer but have difficulty competing for traditional jobs within the government.   To go above and beyond what other County and State agencies have done, Montgomery County has established an initiative to create flexible work opportunities for individuals to fulfill the work requirements of County departments. All County departments will have the opportunity to work with a customized employment career specialist to identify and create part-time position descriptions based on the department’s need. Individuals with significant disabilities will be matched to work tasks based on their interests, skills and competencies. The hope is that the public interns will gain job experience and training to be able to compete for merit positions within the County, as well as at other places of employment.”  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement

Maryland Disability WorkFORCE Information Exchange

A statewide resource center providing    • Best Practices for Employment and Individuals with Disabilities    • Classroom Training    • Informational Website    • Follow-up Support    • Technical Assistance    • E-Learning   Training Spheres    • Employment supports and services available in Maryland    • Employer supports    • Benefits Counseling and Work Incentives    • Best Practices in Customized Employment    • Self-Employment and Entrepreneurial approaches for individuals with disabilities    • Customized trainings for One-Stop Staff, Businesses, Faith-Based and Community Organizations, Disability Navigators, Individuals with Disabilities, Family members, and State and Local agencies  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Maryland Transition Planning Guide

"The Maryland State Department of Education Transition Planning Guide focuses on the movement of your child with disabilities from school to appropriate postsecondary outcomes and supports the preparation for moving on to the next stage in life. Not every student will have the same goals and outcomes. All students should have goals for future employment whether it is full or part time or employment that includes assistance to be successful. All students should have goals and outcomes for postsecondary education or training that they will need to reach their employment goals. Your child may even have specific independent living goals."

 
Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Annual Maryland Transition Conference

Sponsored by the Governor's Interagency Transition Council, for Youth with Disabilities. Topics Include:

Employment Postsecondary Education Adult Service Linkages Accommodations & Supports Youth Development & Leadership Housing  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities

The Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities (MCDD) at Kennedy Krieger Institute is dedicated to leadership in the field of developmental and other disabilities, so that people of all ages can maximize their potential and achieve independence, productivity, and inclusion within their communities   The Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities staff are engaged in four core functions:    • Interdisciplinary Pre-Service Training    • Community Service and Technical Assistance    • Research and Evaluation    • Dissemination Activities  
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Enforcement


United States vs. Baltimore County, MD - 08/07/2012

The decree requires the County to  adopt new policies and procedures regarding the administration of medical examinations and inquiries and provide training on the ADA to all current supervisory employees and all employees who participate in making personnel decisions

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Medicaid & Employment


1115 HealthChoice Waiver Renewal - 01/01/2017

~~“Effective January 1, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved and renewed Maryland's §1115 demonstration waiver, known as HealthChoice, for a period of five years….. The 2017 extension made the following changes to the demonstration:•Created a Residential Treatment for Individuals with Substance Use Disorder (SUD) program as part of a comprehensive SUD strategy;•Created two community health pilot programs:◦Evidence-based Home Visiting (HV) pilot program to provide home visiting services for high-risk pregnant women and children up to two years of age; and◦Assistance in Community Integration Services (ACIS) pilot program to provide housing-related support services for high-risk, high utilizers who are either transitioning to the community from institutionalization or at high-risk of institutional placement;•Raised the enrollment cap for the Increased Community Services program from 30 to 100; and•Expanded dental benefits for former foster youth.”

 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

MD HCBS Transition Plan - 09/02/2016

Maryland receives funding from the federal government to help pay for services provided in programs such as the Autism, Brain Injury, Community Pathways, Community Options, Model, and Medical Day Waivers and a program that helps children, youth and families. Last year, the federal government put out new rules that states must follow to continue to receive funding to pay for services. Maryland reviewed programs and found areas that do not meet the rules and must be changed. This plan gives information about the new rules; the States review of programs and the plan to fix areas; and input received from various stakeholders like participants, family members, self-advocates, and others.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

“Guide to Maryland Medical Assistance Coverage” - 08/01/2016

“The purpose of a home and community based services waiver program, also known as a “1915(c) waiver,” is to enable children or aged, blind, or disabled adults requiring a nursing facility level of care to reside in their homes or community settings rather than in a medical institution. • Services for waiver participants are federally matched expenses, although these services are not included in the State Medicaid Plan. • Each waiver program has different medical and other non-financial criteria for its targeted population.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

MD Community Pathways (0023.R06.00) - 07/01/2013

Provides community residential hab, community supported living arrangements, expanded day hab-employment discovery and customization, expanded day hab-supported employment, live-in caregiver, medical day care, resource coordination, respite, traditional day hab, assistive technology and adaptive equipment, behavioral supports, environmental accessibility adaptations, expanded day hab-community learning, family/individual support, residential hab II, transition, transportation for individual w/ID/DD ages 0 - no max age

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Maryland DoE ESEA Flexibility Waiver - 05/29/2012

“MSDE’s core values of commitment to every student, belief that all students can and must learn, certainty that schools  must help students grow, and conviction that the educator evaluation system must be equitable are achieved through data-driven accountability systems, high standards of excellence from teachers and principals and dynamic collaboration between Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and MSDE.  Maryland’s ambitious mission is to provide every student with a world-class education that ensures post-graduation college- and career-readiness”

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

MD New Directions Independence Plus Waiver (0424.R01.00) - 07/01/2008

Provides community supported living arrangements, expanded day hab-supported employment, expanded day hab-employment discovery and customization, live-in caregiver, medical day care, resource coordination, respite, traditional day hab, support brokerage, assistive technology and adaptative equipment, behavioral supports, environmental accessibility adaptation, expanded day hab-community learning, family/individual support, transition, transportation for individuals w/ID/DD ages 0 - no max age.

This waiver expired 06/30/2013.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Maryland Money Follows the Person

Money Follows the Person (MFP) in Maryland will help people transition from an institution, for example a nursing facility, to community living in an apartment, private home, or small group setting. MFP initiatives increase outreach to individuals in institutions and decrease barriers to transition. New efforts under MFP include peer mentoring, enhanced transition assistance, improved information technology, housing assistance, flexible transition funds, and the addition of waiver services to existing waivers.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Maryland Community First Choice

“The program provide assistance with activities of daily living to Medicaid recipients who have a chronic illness, medical condition or disability. Services are provided in the eligible individual's home or community residence (waiver participants may receive services in an assisted living facility). Other services in each program vary.  Please see each program’s fact sheet for information about the specific services provided through the program.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

States - Phone

Snapshot

The numerous efforts to support individuals with disabilities in securing and sustaining competitive, integrated employment in the Old Line State of Maryland are more than you can imagine. We're open for business, and welcome the skills and talents of workers with disabilities! 

State VR Rates and Services

A list of services offered by this state’s Vocational Rehabilitation agency, along with the standard rates paid for the performance of those services.

PDF icon Maryland’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
90.04%
Change from
2014 to 2015
60,006,401
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
4.19%
Change from
2014 to 2015
328,697
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
6.43%
Change from
2014 to 2015
131,573
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
2.35%
Change from
2014 to 2015
40.03%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
1.31%
Change from
2014 to 2015
79.25%

State Data

General

2015
Population. 60,006,401
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 328,697
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 131,573
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 2,702,355
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 40.03%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 79.25%
Overall unemployment rate. 5.10%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 16.90%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 8.90%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 302,977
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 341,118
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 394,100
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 200,943
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 30,255
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 2,314
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 19,939
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 559
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 16,358
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 9,882

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2016
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 6,165
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 5.80%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 131,074

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 17,019
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 37,890
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 74,986
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 22.70%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 8,821
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.08

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 56
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 34
Percentage of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment relative to total the number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work. 61.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 0.57

 

VR OUTCOMES

2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 10,178
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 204,612
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $75,204,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $144,015,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $0
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 39.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. N/A
Number of people served in facility based work. N/A
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 8,051
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 85.20

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 68.86%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 13.12%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 6.89%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 99.66%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14a). 23.90%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14b). 49.18%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or in some other postsecondary education or training program; or competitively employed or in some other employment within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14c). 56.32%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Subset of Indicator 14). 25.28%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 4,727,875
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 5,994
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 267,634
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 2,927,591
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 3,195,225
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 162
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 2,256
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 2,418
AbilityOne wages (products). $2,320,330
AbilityOne wages (services). $37,326,061

 

WAGE AND HOUR DIVISION: 14(c) CERTIFICATE-HOLDING ENTITIES OUTCOMES

2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 2
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 35
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 3
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 40
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding private businesses. 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 408
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 3,470
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 393
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 4,271

 

Legislation


SB 0344/HB0448 “Maryland Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Program - Account Clarifications” - 04/11/2017

~~“Clarifying that a specified amount may be contributed in each calendar year to an account for a disabled individual under the Maryland Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Program; providing that contributions to an ABLE account may not exceed a specified maximum amount; and requiring the Maryland 529 Board to adopt specified procedures to ensure that specified contributions to ABLE accounts do not exceed a specified maximum limit.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

HB 420/SB 417: Ken Capone Equal Employment Act (EEA) - 05/19/2016

MDLC Board member Ken Capone, People on the Go, MDLC, and other advocates and coalition partners led this strong and successful effort to abolish the payment of subminimum wages to people with disabilities in Maryland. Like SB 765, the bill will become a national model when signed into law and make Maryland the second U.S. state to eliminate this discriminatory exception to Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938. The EEA will phase out “sheltered workshops” that pay people as little as pennies per hour and require the Maryland Department of Disabilities and the Developmental Disabilities Administration to implement a 4-year transition plan to move individuals from segregated day programs to competitive integrated employment. MDLC participates on the Employment First Steering Committee that is developing the policies and infrastructure to support transition to competitive integrated employment.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

HB 431/SB 355: ABLE Act - 04/12/2016

 Federal law enacted in December 2014 authorized states to establish tax-advantaged savings program to help people with disabilities save limited amounts for disability-related expenses (such as health care, assistive technology, education, employment supports and housing) without losing eligibility for certain public benefits. Maryland legislation enacted in 2015 established the ABLE Task Force to make recommendations for an ABLE Program, resulting in this year’s bill. College Savings Plans of Maryland and the Maryland Department of Disabilities and will co-manage the program. Governor Hogan committed $745,000 for program start-up costs and signed the legislation into law on April 12, 2016.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Maryland HB 473 - 05/12/2015

Altering the amount of a credit against specified State taxes for wages and child care or transportation expenses related to qualified employees with disabilities; and applying the Act to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2014.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
Citations

Maryland SB 761 - 05/12/2015

“BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF MARYLAND, That: (a) “Maryland ABLE Program” means a program in Maryland allowing disabled individuals or their families to establish savings accounts to pay qualified expenses for disabled individuals authorized under the federal Achieving a Better Life Experience  (ABLE) Act.  (b) It is the intent of the General Assembly that the State establish a Maryland ABLE Program.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
Citations

Executive Orders


Executive Order 01.01.2009.10 Maryland Disability History and Awareness Month - 07/26/2009

“Now, therefore, I, Martin O’Malley, Governor of the State of Maryland […] hereby proclaim the following executive order, effective immediately.

State of Maryland Executive Branch agencies shall annually observe October as Disability History and Awareness Month.

The Department of Disabilities shall take steps to increase public awareness of the history of disabilities and the disability rights movement […]

The Maryland State Department of Education shall encourage and assist local boards of education to provide instruction in the history of disabilities, people with disabilities, and the disability rights movement during the observance of Disability History Awareness Month.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maryland Executive Order 01.01.2007.13 - 08/02/2007

"It is the policy of the State of Maryland to ensure a smooth and effective transition for all students with disabilities from secondary education to adult services such as postsecondary education and employment; and to provide transition planning for students and families that is student focused and family-centered, based on individual strengths and needs, utilizes best practices, and leads to outcomes in the most integrated setting appropriate; and It is deemed necessary to establish an Interagency Transition Council to recommend policies and identify the funding requirements to ensure effective, efficient, and comprehensive delivery of services that will most effectively meet the transition needs of Maryland students with disabilities."

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Policy


“WIOA, Competitive Integrated Employment, and VR Funding” - 01/11/2017

~~“The Individualized Plan for Employment for a DORS consumer must include a specific employment goal that is consistent with the general goal of competitive integrated employment.  For an employment outcome to be considered competitive integrated employment, WIOA regulations require that the outcome satisfy the following criteria to be permitted under the Vocational Rehabilitation program:1.competitive earnings2.integrated location3.opportunities for advancement

If an individual’s employment fails to satisfy any one of these three components, the employment will not meet the definition of competitive integrated employment and will no longer be allowed under the VR program. Please see the Competitive Integrated Employment Fact Sheet (below) for clarification regarding the definition of competitive integrated employment and frequently asked questions.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services

“Governor’s Interagency Transition Council for Youth with Disabilities” - 09/30/2016

“The primary responsibility of the IATC is to review, revise and update annually the Interagency State Plan for Transitioning Youth with Disabilities to ensure effective interagency planning and delivery of services for secondary students with disabilities. Additionally, the IATC is tasked with identifying and reporting activities of each partner which impact the delivery, quality and availability of transition services. The IATC also serves in an advisory capacity to all transition-related federal grants.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

“FY2017 Interagency State Plan for Transitioning Youth with Disabilities” - 07/01/2016

“This is a document of the approved goals for students with disabilities who are transitioning from high school to post-secondary school or employment.” It consists of a set of tables, one for each goal, that lists the measures and strategies that have been developed for the goal,and the data sources and agencies that are involved in each one.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

VR (Vocational Rehabilitation) & IL(Independent Living) Policies and Procedures Manual Section 800 “Supported Employment” - 06/01/2014

“Supported employment is competitive work in an integrated work setting, or employment in integrated work settings in which individuals are working towards competitive work, with ongoing support services for individuals with the most significant disabilities. It is for individuals for whom competitive employment has not traditionally occurred or for whom competitive employment has been interrupted or intermittent as a result of a most significant disability; and who, because of the nature and severity of their disabilities, need intensive supported employment services from the Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) and subsequent extended services funded by another entity (usually MHA, DDA or the Governor’s Employment Program for Individuals with Acquired Brain Injury) in order to perform this work.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

MD State Activities to Implement Employment First - 05/02/2013

“Maryland APSE continues to participate as a member of Maryland’s statewide Employment First Workgroup, in partnership with a number of stakeholders… The work group as developed draft regulations for Employment First in Maryland and outcomes and outcomes.  Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration has also developed a position statement based on the work of the collaborative statewide Employment First Workgroup.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maryland WorkFORCE Promise - 02/01/2010

“Our mission is to promote the personal and professional independence of individuals with disabilities by effecting systems change to eliminate barriers to employment.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Temporary Disability Assistance

“The Temporary Disability Assistance Program (TDAP) is available to help low-income, disabled Marylanders through a period of short-term disability or while they are awaiting approval of federal disability support. The program is funded through the State of Maryland to provide help to individuals without dependent children.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Maryland Workforce Promise Customized Employment Definition

“Customized Employment is…”

Individualizing the employment relationship between employees and employers in ways that meet the needs of both A person centered approach to employment that is based on the individual’s Strengths Needs Interests Blend of services designed to increase employment options for individuals with significant disabilities  
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Public Engagement Strategies Redefine “No Wrong Door” in Maryland

For over ten years Maryland has refined its NWD/ADRC initiative, known as Maryland Access Points (MAP). The term “Maryland Access Point” was chosen to remove any semblance of preferences for “aging” or “disability” being first in the name, as Maryland wanted its NWD/ADRC to be seen as access points for all individuals needing LTSS. Starting in 2008, Maryland formally initiated its branding process and hired a consultant to construct a marketing plan for consumers and providers that eliminated system fragmentation, increased awareness of LTSS, and focused on prevention of crises. The state launched a toll free number in August 2014 and a new website in February 2015.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Maryland Department of Human Resources, Office of Employment and Program Equity

The Maryland Department of Human Resources is committed to the principle of fair practices and equal opportunity for all of its employees and customers. The Office of Employment and Program Equity has the primary responsibility for ensuring the effectiveness and success of the Department’s comprehensive Equal Opportunity Program. Programs include:

1.        Equal Employment Opportunity

2.        Affirmative Action

3.        Minority Business Enterprises

4.        Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance Program

5.        Title VI Compliance

6.        Program Equity

7.        Complaint Investigations

8.        DHR Mediation Program

          9.        Training and Technical Support

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Maryland Department of Education “Understanding the Evaluation, Eligibility and Individualized Education Program (IEP) Process in Maryland”

The public agency uses a team process to decide whether a child is a student with a disability as defined by the IDEA and the educational needs of the child. Each public agency is responsible for initiating and conducting meetings for the purposes of developing, reviewing, and revising the IEP of a student with a disability, and determining the child’s educational placement. The parents of each student with a disability must be notified and afforded the opportunity to participate in any IEP team meeting conducted for their child.  Parents are members of the IEP team that makes decisions regarding the child’s educational placement. The public agency shall make reasonable efforts to ensure that the parents understand, and are able to participate in any group discussions relating to the educational placement of their child, including arranging for an interpreter for parents with deafness, or whose native language is not English.

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Rehabilitation Services “Training Customized for Your Business”

On-the-Job Training

DORS can provide funding for on-the-job training for a new employee and reimburse a business for a percentage of the new employees’ wages while they are in training.DORS also offers technical assistance and follow-along services to the trainee and the business.

Customized & Partnership Training

DORS partners with businesses and educational institutions to identify specific needs and design customized training programs to meet those needs. Training may take place at the DORS Workforce & Technology Center, on the job site, by an outside vendor, or by a combination of these settings.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement

Maryland Department of Disabilities, Response to FY 2016 Budget Hearings

In November of 2014, MDOD was designated the Lead State Agency for a technical assistance opportunity through the US Department of Labor Office on Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). The Employment First Core State Leadership Mentoring Program will provide training and assess six (6) community providers to build capacity and transform community providers on customized employment. MDOD and the State and external partners will also develop recommendations for core competencies related to customized employment within the State and identify ways to infuse Employment First initiatives into the nonresidential portion of the State’s Home and Community Based Services Waivers delivered through Medicaid.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Employment First in Maryland

In 2008/2009, the Developmental Disabilities Administration’s (DDA) engaged stakeholders in an intensive strategic planning process, including planning to improve employment outcomes for people with developmental disabilities in Maryland.   The following position statement is in support of the DDA’s broader values, mission and vision and is a product of that strategic planning process.   “The DDA believes that all people with developmental disabilities CAN work, and contribute to their community, when given opportunity, training, and supports that build on their strengths.  Employment will be the first option considered for all people of working age who receive DDA services.”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

MD Developmental Disabilities Administration Position Statement on Employment Services

"In 2008, the Developmental Disabilities Administration’s (DDA) engaged stakeholders in an intensive strategic planning process, including planning to improve employment outcomes for people with developmental disabilities in Maryland. The following position statement is in support of the DDA’s broader values, mission and vision and is a product of the strategic planning process.

Commitment: The DDA believes that all people with developmental disabilities CAN work, and contribute to their community, when given opportunity, training, and supports that build on their strengths. Position Statement: Employment will be the “first” option considered for all people of working age who receive DDA services. Vision: Every Marylander maximizes his/her career potential and employers have access to the human resources they need to be successful."  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

MD DDA Definition of Day and Employment Services

SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT “Employment in an integrated work setting. This is defined as a workplace in the community, where the majority of individuals do not have disabilities, and which provides opportunities to interact with non-disabled individual to the same extent that individuals employed in comparable position would interact. Individuals are working in individualized, integrated jobs in the community business for pay at or above minimum wage.”  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Partnerships


Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council “2017 Legislative Overview” - 04/01/2017

~~“DDA FY2018 Budget Expansion: Approximately 789 young adults with developmental disabilities leaving school will receive employment or other day services. DDA projects that 100% of transitioning youth will receive this support.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Governor’s Interagency Transition Council for Youth with Disabilities - 09/30/2016

“The primary responsibility of the IATC is to review, revise and update annually the Interagency State Plan for Transitioning Youth with Disabilities to ensure effective interagency planning and delivery of services for secondary students with disabilities. Additionally, the IATC is tasked with identifying and reporting activities of each partner which impact the delivery, quality and availability of transition services. The IATC also serves in an advisory capacity to all transition-related federal grants.”“”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

FY2017 Interagency State Plan for Transitioning Youth with Disabilities - 07/01/2016

This is a document of the approved goals for students with disabilities who are transitioning from high school to post-secondary school or employment. “

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

MD Governor’s Interagency Transition Council (IATC) - 08/02/2007

The Interagency Transition Council for youth with Disabilities (IATC) is a partnership of State and local government agencies, educators, family members and advocates.  The IATC's purpose is to help improve the policies and practices that affect Maryland students with disabilities preparing to transition from high school to adult services, college, employment, and independent living.  The current IATC was created in 2007 by an order of the Governor.

In 2010, the Governor’s Interagency Transition Council (IATC) approved a strategic plan for students with disabilities transitioning from high school. The Plan has 3 goals:

Every student with a disability will exit secondary school prepared for employment. Every student with a disability will exit secondary school aware of postsecondary education options. Every student with a disability and their family will receive support and education to successfully assist their young adult through the transition process.
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Navigating the Transition Years Handbook 2010

If your child has an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), a team of staff members is responsible for helping them with their transition planning and the implementation of their plan. If your child is on a 504 plan, they still have access to the services of a guidance counselor, transition coordinator, and Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) counselor, but you and your child may be responsible for initiating contact to access their support

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maryland Customized Employment Project

The Maryland Department of Disabilities and the Developmental Disabilities Administration recently announced a partnership with five providers of vocational services throughout the state to implement a two-year initiative aimed at addressing employment barriers for job seekers with developmental disabilities. The Maryland Customized Employment Project, funded through Kessler Foundation of New Jersey, represents a collaboration among state agencies, service providers, and the business community. The goal of the project is to increase the training of support staff in proven methods of customized employment strategies which lead to long term, competitive community work.

 

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maryland Coalition of Families for Children’s Mental Health

"Incorporated in 1999 as a private, nonprofit organization, MCF is Maryland’s statewide family network organization, a designation from the federal Substance Use and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). MCF changed its name from "Maryland Coalition of Families for Children’s Mental Health" to the "Maryland Coalition of Families" in 2016. MCF is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of at least 51% adult caregivers of a child or adolescent with a diagnosable emotional or behavioral disability. All of our family support staff are parents who have cared for a child with behavioral health needs and have been trained to help other families."
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maryland Learning Links - Transition 101

Maryland Learning Links is a site developed under federal funding through a State Improvement Grant.  It is co-owned by the Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Special Education and Early Intervention Services (MSDE), and other community stakeholders. The Transition section of the site, “ is primarily meant to provide parents with the information they need to support the successful transition of their children to adulthood.   It’s filled with… information and tools… and several timelines that can help [parents] better understand and make the most of Transition Planning and Services…”

Systems
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maryland Governor’s Transitioning Youth Initiative (GTYI)

The Governor’s Transitioning Youth Initiative (GTYI) is a collaboration funded through a partnership between the Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) and the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA).  The purpose of the Initiative is to show that all students with disabilities can work and contribute to Maryland’s future after leaving school.  The Governor's Transitioning Youth Initiative earmarks funds in the DDA budget for eligible students leaving school, regardless of the severity of their situation and their relative need for immediate services.  

 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Systems-Change Funding


14(c) Certificate Program Resources - 01/21/2017

~~“This page is a list of links about the 14(C) subminimum wage program including a Q&A about career counseling for workers earning less than minimum wage and benefits planning services for subminimum wage workers.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Innovations in Maryland’s Local Workforce Plans A BEST PRACTICES GUIDE - 01/01/2017

~~“Title IV: Vocational Rehabilitation Services - Department of Rehabilitative Services (DORS)

DORS prepares people with disabilities to go to work and helps them to stay on the job. Rehabilitation counselors in DORS Region 5 field offices in Baltimore County provide or arrange for services that may include career counseling, assistive technology, vocational training and/or job placement assistance. DORS staff have specific areas of expertise to work with populations with significant disabilities. There are technical specialists who work with individuals with chronic illness, learning disabilities, traumatic brain injury, orthopedic issues, and intellectual disabilities.

In addition to services delivered via field offices, DORS also contracts with CCBC’s Center for Alternative and Supported Education (CASE). CASE’s Single Step program serves approximately 100 to 200 Baltimore County DORS participants annually who have cognitive, developmental, and mental health disabilities, providing academic, pre-vocational, social and independent living skills for students with special needs.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement

Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council Webinar: “Everything You Wanted to Know about DDA but Were Afraid to Ask” - 11/14/2016

“Schools are required to begin transition planning for students at age 14. With new Service options* available it is important to start early, educate yourself on new models and options, visit programs, and let your IEP team know about the new options. Schools are required to invite DORS to the IEP meeting beginning at age 18 and any other relevant entity. Ask your local Coordination of Community Service agency to attend the IEP meeting to ensure there are links between the school and the DDA system.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

“Transforming and Improving Practices through Customized Technical Assistance (TIP) Grants” - 10/03/2016

“The purpose of this initiative is to improve the employment outcomes of people with developmental disabilities by building the capacity of community service providers licensed by the Developmental Disabilities Administration. Through customized technical assistance by subject matter experts, providers will improve the way services are provided so that more people with developmental disabilities are supported to get and keep the meaningful work they want in their communities and to have meaningful days when not working. All grant recipients will participate in a learning community to share their efforts to improve employment outcomes and receive mutual peer support.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment

Montgomery County, MD Customized Employment Intern Project (MCPIP) - 10/09/2015

An example of a successful County program serving individuals with significant disabilities is the Montgomery County Customized Employment Public Intern Project (MCPIP). Created in 2007, MCPIP provides flexible employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities to fulfill the work requirements of County departments. Department representatives work with a customized employment career specialist to identify and create part-time positions based on a department’s workforce needs. 

MCPIP participants serve as paid interns in department positions based on their individual job interests, skills and competencies. MCPIP interns gain valuable work experience by developing on-the-job skills to help them compete for County merit positions or opportunities in other organizations

Maryland’s Montgomery County government has adopted a policy to create internships for career seekers with significant disabilities, based on a Customized Employment (CE) strategy. This demand-driven CE policy creates the position for a CE Specialist at TransCen, Inc., a local workforce development intermediary, to conduct an analysis of a department’s need within the Montgomery County government.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maryland Add Us In Initiative - 09/30/2011

TransCen, Inc. leads the local “Add Us In” consortium whose work empowers small businesses to work collectively to build the next generation workforce through jobs, paid internships, and mentoring for youth and young adults with disabilities.

 

Add Us In Maryland will:     • continually involve and assesses the changing needs of the business community     • utilize a business network that creates jobs and markets workforce training and services to other prospective businesses     • support employers in diversifying their workforce to include individuals with disabilities    • adapt and field-test an evidenced-based service delivery model with the emerging strategies of customized employment to increase the number and range of employment opportunities available to youth/young adults with disabilities     • provide services and replication products biased to the needs and circumstances of the employer as well as the job seeker.  
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

“State Grant to Help Expand Employment Opportunities to Those With Disabilities in County” (DEI)

According to a news release, the U.S. Department of Labor recently awarded Disability Employment Initiative grants totaling 14.9 million to support workforce development in six states, including $2.5 million for the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation for distribution in Montgomery and Anne Arundel counties.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene “Provider Enrollment”

Due to changes in federal rules, the Community First Choice and Community Personal Assistance Services programs are no longer accepting provider applications to become an Independent Personal Assistance provider.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Mental Health

Maryland Customized Employment Project

The Maryland Department of Disabilities and the Developmental Disabilities Administration recently announced a partnership with five providers of vocational services throughout the state to implement a two-year initiative aimed at addressing employment barriers for job seekers with developmental disabilities. The Maryland Customized Employment Project, funded through Kessler Foundation of New Jersey, represents a collaboration among state agencies, service providers, and the business community. The goal of the project is to increase the training of support staff in proven methods of customized employment strategies which lead to long term, competitive community work.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maryland EID Program

The EID Program, administered by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH), provides Medical Assistance (also called Medicaid) to working Marylanders with disabilities who meet a few conditions.  Medical Assistance:    • Covers most medical services for individuals who have no other health insurance,    • Saves individuals with Medicare $1,000 - $12,000 a year    • Supplements private insurance, paying for some services that the other insurance does not cover  
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Maryland Money Follows the Person

Money Follows the Person (MFP) in Maryland will help people transition from an institution, for example a nursing facility, to community living in an apartment, private home, or small group setting. MFP initiatives increase outreach to individuals in institutions and decrease barriers to transition. New efforts under MFP include peer mentoring, enhanced transition assistance, improved information technology, housing assistance, flexible transition funds, and the addition of waiver services to existing waivers.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Maryland Community First Choice

“The program provide assistance with activities of daily living to Medicaid recipients who have a chronic illness, medical condition or disability. Services are provided in the eligible individual's home or community residence (waiver participants may receive services in an assisted living facility). Other services in each program vary.  Please see each program’s fact sheet for information about the specific services provided through the program.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Maryland Balancing Incentive Program

“The Balancing Incentive Program authorizes grants to States to increase access to non-institutional long-term services and supports…The Balancing Incentive Program will help States transform their long-term care systems by, [l]owering costs through improved systems performance & efficiency, [c]reating tools to help consumers with care planning & assessment, [and], [i]mproving quality measurement & oversight.  The Balancing Incentive Program also provides new ways to serve more people in home and community-based settings, in keeping with the integration mandate of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as required by the Olmstead decision.” 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Training/Capacity Building


MD Department of Disabilities Employment First - 02/23/2015

In November of 2014, MDOD was designated the Lead State Agency for a technical assistance opportunity through the US Department of Labor Office on Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). The Employment First Core State Leadership Mentoring Program will provide training and assess six (6) community providers to build capacity and transform community providers on customized employment. MDOD and the State and external partners will also develop recommendations for core competencies related to customized employment within the State and identify ways to infuse Employment First initiatives into the nonresidential portion of the State’s Home and Community Based Services Waivers delivered through Medicaid.

 
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maryland Customized Employment Project

The Maryland Department of Disabilities and the Developmental Disabilities Administration recently announced a partnership with five providers of vocational services throughout the state to implement a two-year initiative aimed at addressing employment barriers for job seekers with developmental disabilities. The Maryland Customized Employment Project, funded through Kessler Foundation of New Jersey, represents a collaboration among state agencies, service providers, and the business community. The goal of the project is to increase the training of support staff in proven methods of customized employment strategies which lead to long term, competitive community work.

Kessler Foundation awarded a two-year, $282,000 grant to Supported Employment Enterprise Corporation (SEEC) to launch the “Maryland Customized Employment Project”—an initiative to improve employment outcomes for individuals with developmental disabilities through holistic, collaborative partnerships with jobseekers and their families, state agencies and employers. The grant is part of $2.3 million distributed by Kessler Foundation to organizations across the U.S. to support initiatives that create and expand job training and employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maryland Works TIP Grants

The purpose of this initiative is to improve the employment outcomes of people with developmental disabilities by supporting community service providers (“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 so that more people with developmental disabilities are supported to get and keep meaningful work

they want in their communities making decent wages and to have meaningful days when not working. Providers will identify the specific assistance and

support needed to reach specified goals. All grant recipients will be required to participate in a learning community to share their efforts to improve employment outcomes and receive mutual peer support.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Humanim Supported Living & Housing Program

 

Developmental Disabilities Services ~~“Humanim provides supported living and supportive housing services to adults with chronic, severe, and persistent mental illness who are living in the community. We facilitate an individual’s self-sufficiency and personal growth by assisting them in all facets of independent living, with the goal of ensuring they can remain as independent as possible in their own home. Services can include:•Advocacy and Landlord Mediation•Locating and Securing Affordable Housing•Health Homes Care Coordination and Medical Support•Financial Management, Budgeting, and Life Skills Instruction•Case Management, Entitlements Assistance, and Community Resource Connection”  
Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health

Compass, Inc.

Compass, Inc. is a non-profit whose "mission is to support individuals to realize their dreams and lead fulfilling lives as valued members of their community. It is our strong belief that everyone, regardless of type or presentation of abilities can and should be supported to live fully in the community. It is our vision to provide cutting edge services and supports where every person has the opportunity to take risks to achieve unprecedented outcomes in pursuit of their dreams.” Compass, Inc. provides employment supports and services to individuals with disabilities.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement

Montgomery County Customized Employment Public Intern Project Description

The Customized Employment Public Intern Project was created based on the County’s knowledge that people with significant disabilities often have difficulty accessing County government positions. As an employer, Montgomery County recognizes that there are many job candidates with significant disabilities who have much to offer but have difficulty competing for traditional jobs within the government.   To go above and beyond what other County and State agencies have done, Montgomery County has established an initiative to create flexible work opportunities for individuals to fulfill the work requirements of County departments. All County departments will have the opportunity to work with a customized employment career specialist to identify and create part-time position descriptions based on the department’s need. Individuals with significant disabilities will be matched to work tasks based on their interests, skills and competencies. The hope is that the public interns will gain job experience and training to be able to compete for merit positions within the County, as well as at other places of employment.”  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement

Maryland Disability WorkFORCE Information Exchange

A statewide resource center providing    • Best Practices for Employment and Individuals with Disabilities    • Classroom Training    • Informational Website    • Follow-up Support    • Technical Assistance    • E-Learning   Training Spheres    • Employment supports and services available in Maryland    • Employer supports    • Benefits Counseling and Work Incentives    • Best Practices in Customized Employment    • Self-Employment and Entrepreneurial approaches for individuals with disabilities    • Customized trainings for One-Stop Staff, Businesses, Faith-Based and Community Organizations, Disability Navigators, Individuals with Disabilities, Family members, and State and Local agencies  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Maryland Transition Planning Guide

"The Maryland State Department of Education Transition Planning Guide focuses on the movement of your child with disabilities from school to appropriate postsecondary outcomes and supports the preparation for moving on to the next stage in life. Not every student will have the same goals and outcomes. All students should have goals for future employment whether it is full or part time or employment that includes assistance to be successful. All students should have goals and outcomes for postsecondary education or training that they will need to reach their employment goals. Your child may even have specific independent living goals."

 
Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Annual Maryland Transition Conference

Sponsored by the Governor's Interagency Transition Council, for Youth with Disabilities. Topics Include:

Employment Postsecondary Education Adult Service Linkages Accommodations & Supports Youth Development & Leadership Housing  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities

The Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities (MCDD) at Kennedy Krieger Institute is dedicated to leadership in the field of developmental and other disabilities, so that people of all ages can maximize their potential and achieve independence, productivity, and inclusion within their communities   The Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities staff are engaged in four core functions:    • Interdisciplinary Pre-Service Training    • Community Service and Technical Assistance    • Research and Evaluation    • Dissemination Activities  
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Enforcement


United States vs. Baltimore County, MD - 08/07/2012

The decree requires the County to  adopt new policies and procedures regarding the administration of medical examinations and inquiries and provide training on the ADA to all current supervisory employees and all employees who participate in making personnel decisions

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Medicaid & Employment


1115 HealthChoice Waiver Renewal - 01/01/2017

~~“Effective January 1, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved and renewed Maryland's §1115 demonstration waiver, known as HealthChoice, for a period of five years….. The 2017 extension made the following changes to the demonstration:•Created a Residential Treatment for Individuals with Substance Use Disorder (SUD) program as part of a comprehensive SUD strategy;•Created two community health pilot programs:◦Evidence-based Home Visiting (HV) pilot program to provide home visiting services for high-risk pregnant women and children up to two years of age; and◦Assistance in Community Integration Services (ACIS) pilot program to provide housing-related support services for high-risk, high utilizers who are either transitioning to the community from institutionalization or at high-risk of institutional placement;•Raised the enrollment cap for the Increased Community Services program from 30 to 100; and•Expanded dental benefits for former foster youth.”

 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

MD HCBS Transition Plan - 09/02/2016

Maryland receives funding from the federal government to help pay for services provided in programs such as the Autism, Brain Injury, Community Pathways, Community Options, Model, and Medical Day Waivers and a program that helps children, youth and families. Last year, the federal government put out new rules that states must follow to continue to receive funding to pay for services. Maryland reviewed programs and found areas that do not meet the rules and must be changed. This plan gives information about the new rules; the States review of programs and the plan to fix areas; and input received from various stakeholders like participants, family members, self-advocates, and others.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

“Guide to Maryland Medical Assistance Coverage” - 08/01/2016

“The purpose of a home and community based services waiver program, also known as a “1915(c) waiver,” is to enable children or aged, blind, or disabled adults requiring a nursing facility level of care to reside in their homes or community settings rather than in a medical institution. • Services for waiver participants are federally matched expenses, although these services are not included in the State Medicaid Plan. • Each waiver program has different medical and other non-financial criteria for its targeted population.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

MD Community Pathways (0023.R06.00) - 07/01/2013

Provides community residential hab, community supported living arrangements, expanded day hab-employment discovery and customization, expanded day hab-supported employment, live-in caregiver, medical day care, resource coordination, respite, traditional day hab, assistive technology and adaptive equipment, behavioral supports, environmental accessibility adaptations, expanded day hab-community learning, family/individual support, residential hab II, transition, transportation for individual w/ID/DD ages 0 - no max age

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Maryland DoE ESEA Flexibility Waiver - 05/29/2012

“MSDE’s core values of commitment to every student, belief that all students can and must learn, certainty that schools  must help students grow, and conviction that the educator evaluation system must be equitable are achieved through data-driven accountability systems, high standards of excellence from teachers and principals and dynamic collaboration between Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and MSDE.  Maryland’s ambitious mission is to provide every student with a world-class education that ensures post-graduation college- and career-readiness”

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

MD New Directions Independence Plus Waiver (0424.R01.00) - 07/01/2008

Provides community supported living arrangements, expanded day hab-supported employment, expanded day hab-employment discovery and customization, live-in caregiver, medical day care, resource coordination, respite, traditional day hab, support brokerage, assistive technology and adaptative equipment, behavioral supports, environmental accessibility adaptation, expanded day hab-community learning, family/individual support, transition, transportation for individuals w/ID/DD ages 0 - no max age.

This waiver expired 06/30/2013.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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