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Governor Hogan Releases FY 2019 Budget

Governor Hogan released his FY2019 proposed budget last week, which covers the period July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019. Below you will find highlights of particular interest to individuals with developmental disabilities and behavioral health needs. The FY2019 state operating budget totals $44.4 billion, the majority of which is General Funds (state funds), Federal Funds, and Special Funds (revenues from a designated source). The budget analysts with the Dept. of Legislative Services will produce reports for the various budget hearings, which will provide a greater depth of information.

Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE)

  • $1.6 million increase in state funding for the Division of Rehabilitative Services (DORS) in order to reduce the waitlist for services.
  • $2.7 million increase in funding for the Autism Waiver so that an additional 100 children with autism receive services. There are 5300 children on the Autism Waiver Registry.
  • $8.5 million increase for public pre-kindergarten education.
  • $9 million for the Broadening Options and Opportunities for Students Today (BOOST) Program. BOOST provides scholarships to students to attend private schools. Most private schools do not have to comply with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) so even if a student with a disability enrolls, the private school does not have to provide the services and supports he or she needs.

Behavioral Health Administration (BHA)

  • Community behavioral health providers get only a 2% increase even though last year’s emergency HOPE Act, which the governor signed, specified they would get 3.5%.
  • The Opioid Operational Command Center, within the state’s Behavioral Health Administration, coordinates substance abuse policies and procedures among multiple state agencies. In the new budget, it receives an additional $700,000 to bring the FY19 total to $13.7 million. Part of the increase funds a third full-time position.

Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA)

  • $13,947,568 for Transitioning Youth services. This will provide employment or day supports for all eligible youth transitioning from school to employment or day supports in FY19. 
  • $5,620,087 to support people in emergency situations.
  • $6,495,556 to provide services to approximately 165 people in the Crisis Resolution priority category on the DDA waiting list. 
  • $1,522,718 from the Waiting List Equity Fund to support approximately 19 people on the waiting list with the oldest caregivers. (Special Funds + Federal Funds.
  • $1,689,605 to provide services to approximately 60 young adults aging out of Department of Social Services placements (General + Federal Funds). 
  • $5,544,500 for Low Intensity Support Services to serve approximately 1911 people. (General Funds)
  • $10,000,000 for the Community Support Waiver, to provide funding for non-residential services in the community for 400 people. DDA will soon begin serving people through this waiver using funds approved in the FY2018 budget. This waiver is capped at $25,000 per person/per year. The FY2019 funds will continue services to people who enter the waiver this year (FY2018) and is expected to reach approximately 400 people.
  • $4,800,000 for the Individual & Family Support Waiver, to provide support to supplement what is provided through MSDE and other service systems for people age 21 and under. DDA will soon begin serving individuals and families through this waiver using funds approved in the FY2018 budget. This waiver is capped at $12,000 per person/per year. The FY2019 funds will continue services to people who enter the waiver this year (FY2018), and is expected to reach approximately 400 people
  • $250,000 to support at least one college or university with developing an inclusive post-secondary education program for people with intellectual disabilities based on national best practices.
  • $11,000,000 for a 1% rate increase for DDA service providers. (General + Federal Funds). This amount falls far short of the 3.5% rate increase expected - and determined to be needed - by the Minimum Wage Act of 2014, a legislative mandate. The full mandated rate increase is needed to support a stable, quality system of supports related to all of the services noted above.
  • DDA's FY2019 Community Services budget totals $1,209,918,412.
To view the overall budget highlights Click Here

Source: MDDC, Center Maryland, BH Coalition


Maryland House of Delegates Override Governor Hogan's Veto on Sick Leave

The House of Delegates voted on Thursday, January 11th to override Governor Larry Hogan’s veto of a bill requiring all but the smallest employers to provide paid sick leave.The House voted 88-52, three votes more than the minimum to override, largely along party lines.On Friday, January 12th the Senate voted 30-17 to override Governor Hogan’s veto of the Maryland Healthy Working Family Act. The law requires businesses with 15 or more employees to offer up to five days of paid sick leave, while employers with fewer than 15 workers will need to provide five unpaid sick days.

After the vote, Hogan spokeswoman Amelia Chasse issued a statement urging lawmakers to change the bill they just passed to bring it closer to the “Paid Leave Compromise” bill the governor had offered as an alternative.

Bills typically become law 30 days after passage, however, Senator Thomas Middleton, who chairs the Senate Finance Committee and was a key player in crafting the law, said legislators are considering extending the implementation date to 90 days in order to give state and local government more time to adapt.

Source: Center Maryland


DDA Releases Two-Year Rate Setting Study Report

On Friday, November 3rd the Maryland Department of Health’s Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) released a two-year developmental disabilities service provider rate setting study. The rate study will allow the DDA to move from a prospective to a reimbursement payment model and streamline the payment process. There are four major advantages of the system recommended by the rate study:

  • Providers will receive the same payment for providing the same level of support.
  • Individuals will be supported by a flexible system that allows for changes in service authorization to meet needs without requiring a change in contract or rate – allowing for portability so individuals can easily relocate without financial concerns about care.
  • Increased accountability in the provider community and within DDA, including additional rate transparency around the authorization and payment for staffing required for individual care.
  • The system will be responsive both to different levels of support needs and local economic conditions through predetermined calculations for adjustment.

A series of town hall meetings are being held in each of DDA’s four regions for stakeholders to provide input on the results of the study. Each town hall will last from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Eastern Shore Region
Monday, November 13, 2017 at the Holiday Inn Express, 8561 Ocean Gateway

Easton, Md.
Western Maryland Region
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at the Ramada Inn, 718 Underpass Way, Hagerstown, MD 21740

Central Maryland Region
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at the Central Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, MD 21045

Southern Maryland Region
Thursday, November 16, 2017 at the Southern Bowie Comfort Inn, 4500 Crain Hwy, Bowie, MD 20716

To read the report click here

Source: DDA

State Accepting Proposals to Invest in Apprenticeships

Kelly M. Schulz, Secretary of the Maryland Department of Labor today announced that the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation has received exclusive Federal funding to establish an Apprenticeship Innovation Fund. The Federal grant allows Maryland to provide incentives for innovative apprenticeship solutions for Maryland’s businesses. This initial investment of more than $620,000 is a part of a United States Department of Labor ApprenticeshipUSA Expansion Grant, which was awarded to Maryland in October 2016.

“We are excited about this great opportunity for Maryland’s businesses. This new funding award spotlights the Maryland Department of Labor's deep commitment to the Apprenticeship model as a win/win for Maryland businesses and working families alike. The plan is for Maryland businesses to use this opportunity to invest in their company, their communities and the State by investing in offering apprenticeships,” said Maryland Labor Secretary Kelly M. Schulz.

The Maryland Department of Labor plans to use this award to more strategically align apprenticeships with Maryland’s workforce system, to expand existing traditional apprenticeship opportunities and to create new opportunities grounded in labor market demand. The Apprenticeship Innovation Fund will provide seed money to businesses committed to creating new apprenticeship opportunities to meet their workforce talent pipeline needs.Under the leadership of Governor Larry Hogan, Maryland has increased apprenticeships from 7,186 in 2012 to more than 9,500 by the end of 2016.

For more information about Maryland apprenticeship opportunities, please visit theMaryland Department of Labor website, e-mail the Department’s Apprenticeship team, or contact the Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning at (410) 767-2173.

Source: DLLR






































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