Resource Connections works with you to secure and design the services you need for the life you desire and the goals you want to achieve. All services require referral by the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA).
The RCI Eligibility Specialist processes applications when you are referred by the DDA Southern Maryland Regional Office. The process generally requires an interview and copies of certain documents, which helps us to prepare written recommendations. DDA makes the decision regarding eligibility and category of service need; they will advise you directly and in writing.
Waiting List Coordination is specific assistance given while you are on the DDA Waiting List. The Coordinator will help you to locate and connect with community resources. The level of support we can give is determined by the category of service need established by DDA.
Resource Coordinators help people who are receiving DDA funded services to identify their goals, connect to appropriate service providers and community resources, develop individualized service plans, and monitor implementation of those plans.
It is important that the Resource Coordinator get to know you personally in order to help you create the right plan of services for you. The Resource Coordinator will schedule meetings when you have a special need, or at least once a year; they will visit to see how your services are going, and help you to let others who are important in your service plan to know whether you are satisfied and making the kind of progress you want to make.
Maryland's Medicaid Waiver programs allow people to maximize funding for services that are provided in the community. The Community Pathways Waiver is available for people who are determined DD eligible and are authorized for specific services funded by DDA.
RCI Waiver Specialists help you to secure and retain enrollment in the appropriate Waiver, thus ensuring continued State services and access to other benefits such as Medical Assistance and Social Security.