Current Issues

2019 GENERAL ASSEMBLY SESSION REPORTING

The 2019 General Assembly session concluded last week.

The state’s FY2020 budget will maintain and provide expansion of services for people with developmental disabilities and their families. In addition, there were a number of bills passed that are designed to enhance the lives of Marylanders with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. These now await the Governor’s signature.

Budget Allocations for FY20

  • $42,531,483 for provider rate increase of 3.5 percent
  • $12,320,521 for Transitioning Youth — Projected to support 590 people.
  • $816,833 for Emergency Placements — Projected to support 31 people in residential, day, personal services, and individual support services (six months average placement)
  • $5,103,521 for Waiting List (Crisis Resolution) — Projected to support 173 people on the DDA waiting list with the most urgent needs.
  • $1,494,170 for Waiting List Equity Fund — Projected to support 38 people (oldest caregiver).
  • $1,184,723 for Department of Social Services age outs — Projected to support 40 people aging out of DSS.
  • $5,138,169 for Low Intensity Support Services — to provide short-term, low-cost services to 2,000 children and adults who do not receive other DDA services
  • $10,000,000 for the Community Support Waiver — to provide continued funding for non-residential services in the community for the original 400 slots at $25,000 a year per individual.
  • $4,800,000 for the Family Support Waiver — to provide funding for children under 21 and their families to secure supplemental, wraparound services to those provided by the Maryland State
    Department of Education. This will fund the original 400 slots at $12,000 a year per individual.
  • $250,000 for Post-Secondary Education Program — For the development of inclusive, post-secondary education programming for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities

2019 Legislative Wrap-ups

Thanks to everyone who wrote letters and emails, placed phone calls and visited Annapolis to advocate for our agenda. And great thanks to The Arc Maryland and MACS for leading our efforts!

See wrap-up reports below for an overview of the budget, the resolution of the Fight for $15 rates for Providers, and many relevant pieces of legislation impacting children, adults, and families in our communities.

The Arc Maryland

MACS (Maryland Association of Community Services)

2019 Final Bill Chart

Maryland Disabilities Council


ADVOCACY NETWORK COMMUNICATIONS

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LEARNING YOUR WAY AROUND THE PROCESS

The State of Maryland provides great materials to help people who are new to the system. We recommend some of these references.


THE ARC MARYLAND 2017 LEGISLATIVE RECAP

The Maryland General Assembly completed their 2017 session at midnight on April 10. For The Arc Maryland, the 2017 Legislative Session was both extremely busy and successful! Key bills of our Public Policy Platform were passed by the General Assembly and have been signed into law by Governor Hogan. We could not have accomplished as much as we did without the support of our chapters and grassroots members! Without the over 700 attendees for DD Day, and all the individuals who testified, we would not have had as productive session as we had!

Read the 2017 Legislative Wrap Up

GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES HIS FY18 DDA BUDGET

Governor Hogan released his FY 2018 Proposed Operating Budget on January 18, 2017.  The Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) Budget includes: Read more…