Appreciating Our Champions

Maryland Positive Outcomes

The Maryland state budget was recently finalized and the outcome is overwhelmingly positive for the I/DD community.  Here's what our legislative champions have done for us:

  • The FY 2018 budget includes a fully-funded 3.5% community rate services increase.
  • DDA has been insturcted to direct any unspect funds allocated for two new capped waivers toward people on the waiting list.
  • Transitioning Youth, Emergency Placements, Crisis Resolution and the Waiting List Equity Fund all received increases.
  • Two new capped waiver programs will support up to 800 people each year who are otherwise not receiving services.

We are very grateful to our Senators and Delegates, and encourage all of our advocates to reach out and thank each person directly!  Email links are provided below.  Click here if you don't know your legislative district.

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