ABOUT THE MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF DISABILITIES (MDOD)
Mission & Vision
MDOD advances the rights and interests of people with disabilities so they may fully participate in their communities.
ALL Marylanders are valued and respected and have the knowledge, opportunity, and power to make a difference in their lives and the lives of others.
Click here to view the Statutory Overview of SB52.The Maryland Department of Disabilities (MDOD):
- is charged with unifiying and improving the delivery of services to people with disabilities by working collaboratively with all state government agencies; and
- develops and facilitates the implementation of the State Disabilities Plan, calling for collaborative partnerships with state agencies to improve services for people with disabilities.
MDOD Key Accomplishments
- Maryland State Disabilities Plan - annually evaluates disability initiatives across all state departments and measures the outcomes of all programs and services serving people with disabilities.
- Transportation - partners with the State Department of Transportation to assure continuous improvement to paratransit, fixed route and mobility systems.
- Employment - fully funded Maryland's Medicaid Buy-In, allowing people with disabilities to go back to work without losing medical benefits.
- Long-term Services - partnered with multiple state agencies to secure $67 million over five years from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to support state efforts to reform long-term support systems and transition individuals from institutions to community settings.
- Assistive Technology - secured federal and foundation funding to sustain the Assistive Technology Loan Program for 17 additional years.
- Mental Health - helped secure a $13.5 million federal Mental Health Transformation Grant to improve the delivery of mental health services in Maryland.
- Housing - collaborated with the state's housing department to implement a "bridge" subsidy program giving individuals in nursing homes and institutions temporary housing subsidies until permanent support can be located.
- Emergency Preparedness - choreographs a multi-pronged preparedness program for citizens with disabilities, including regional conferences for individuals, first responders, employers, service providers, caregivers and advocates.
State Disabilities Plan
The Maryland Department of Disabilities State Disabilities Plan focuses on goals, strategies and action steps to ensure immediate and progressive improvement in service delivery within the following nine areas: community integration, housing, transportation, family support, emergency preparedness, employment and training, health and behavioral health, technology and accessibility, and education.
2012 State Disabilities Plan (PDF)
2012 State Disabilities Plan (Word)
MDOD Performance Measures for Tracking Services
In collaboration with other state agencies, the Maryland Department of Disabilities has developed a set of interagency performance measures to evaluate services provided to individuals with disabilities. Click here to learn more about MDOD Performance Measures for Tracking Services.
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