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Governor Names New Secretary of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Governor Larry Hogan named a new Health Secretary, replacing Van T. Mitchell with Dennis Schrader, who has served as Appointments Secretary for the past year. VanMitchell served as secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for the past two years. A statement issued by the Governor’s office said that the outgoing health secretary is leaving the administration to pursue opportunities in the private sector. Before joining Hogan’s staff, Schrader, an engineer, was a director at Integrity Consulting Solutions and a faculty member at Towson University. 

Source: Center Maryland

U.S. Department of Education Issues Final REgualtions on Equity in IDEA

The U.S. Department of Education has made available to the public final regulations under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), aimed at promoting equity by targeting widespread disparities in the treatment of students of color with disabilities. The regulations address a number of issues related to significant disproportionality in the identification, placement, and discipline of students with disabilities based on race or ethnicity.

Learn more about the IDEA final regulations

Source: ODEP

Maryland Works & The DD Council Announce Grants to Fourteen Providers

Congratulations to the fourteen providers of services for the Developmental Disabilities Administration, recently awarded approximately $130,000 in grant funding. Known as TIP grants (Transforming and Improving Practices through Customized Technical Assistance), funds help grantees pay for technical assistance from subject matter experts so that people with disabilities have improved employment outcomes and more opportunities for meaningful participation in their communities when not working.

Five of the grantees are in rural areas. all will participate in a learning community to share successes, challenges, strategies and best practices. The providers are:

  • Appalachian Parent Association
  • Bay Community Support Services
  • CHANGE, Inc.
  • CHI Centers
  • Head Injury Rehabilitation & Referral Service
  • Humanim & Compass (jointly fund)
  • Itineris
  • Providence Center
  • Spring Dell Center
  • The Arc Howard County
  • The Arc Prince George's County
  • The Arc Southern Maryland
  • The Arc Washington County

Bob Hofmann, President & CEO stated, "Maryland Works and the DD Council are excited about providing the opportunity to support community service providers in their effort to expand community integrated employment."

For more Information download the project summary

Maryland Works Honors Nine Awrds Recipients at the Ninth Annual Employment Awards

Maryland Works, Inc. held its 9th Annual Employment Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, November 15, 2015 at The Marriott BWI Airport Hotel. The Employment Awards honored individuals that have achieved their career goals regardless of having a disability, workforce professionals who have made a significant contribution in the employment of people with disabilities, transition professionals, employers, public policy champions, and community service providers that advocate and expand skills training and employment opportunities for people with disabilities or other barriers to employment. 

More than 250 attendees were inspired by the keynote address of Senator and Baltimore City Elect Catherine E. Pugh. Senator Pugh gave a passionate and inspiring address on her vision for building a better Baltimore by creating partnerships with the business community and non-profits to help the disenfranchised with the skills necessary to find meaningful employment.

The Employment Awards were presented by Suzanne Page, Assistant Superintendent, Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS), Carol Beatty, Secretary, Maryland Department of Disabilities and Bob Hofmann, President & CEO, Maryland Works, Inc. The program’s Master of Ceremonies was Michael Bullis, Executive Director of the Image Center and Chairperson of Maryland Works’ Board of Directors.

Awards were presented to the following individuals: 

Employee of the Year

Nathan Thompson, Community Living, Inc.

Workforce Professional of the Year
Leslie Addy, Maryland Community Connection

Employer of the Year

Provider of the Year
The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region

Business Owner of theYear
Jeff Haugh, Falcon Solutions

Transition Professional of the Year
Nora Johnson, Pathways School

Special President’s Award
Senator & Baltimore City Mayor Elect
Catherine E. Pugh

Public Policy Champion of theYear

Delegate Jeffrey D. Waldstreicher

Public Policy Champion of theYear
Senator Delores Goodwin Kelley

Sponsors for the event include: Gold – Didlake, Inc; Silver – The Arc Baltimore, Alliance, Inc. Ardmore Enterprises, Center for Social Change, Inc., The Chimes, The League for People with Disabilities, Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS), Melwood, NCIA, St.Peter's Adult Learning Center, the Rock Creek Foundation;Bronze – The Arc Northern Chesapeake, Cornerstone Montgomery, Humanim






































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