We Help You Navigate the DD Service System
Resource Connections works with you to secure and design the services you need in support of the identified outcomes for your personally-defined good life. We support people who live in the Southern Maryland Region; primarily Prince George’s County. 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
Waiting List Coordination is specific assistance given while you are on the DDA Waiting List. The CCS 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.
Community Coordination helps people who are receiving DDA funded services to identify desired outcomes, connect to appropriate service providers and community resources, work with their support team to develop an effective plan, and then the CCS monitors implementation of the plan and satisfaction with services.
It is important that the CCS gets to know you personally in order to help you create a plan that is meaningful and centered on what you want to achieve. The CCS schedules meetings when you have a special need or concern, and visits you at least four times throughout the year to see how things are working for you. Each year they must coordinate an annual review of your plan and services to be sure 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, including a program of Waiver services available for people who are determined DD eligible and authorized for specific services funded by DDA.
RCI Waiver Specialists help you to secure and retain enrollment in the appropriate Waiver, thus ensuring continued services and access to other benefits such as Medical Assistance and Social Security.
Transitioning Youth: Planning for Life Beyond High School
TY (Transitioning Youth): DDA classification for young adults preparing to exit the school system and enter adult services. The Governor's Transitioning Youth Initiative (GTYI) allows the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) and Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) to fund employment (day services) for eligible students who might otherwise not have adequate support upon exiting school.
Who is Eligible for GTYI?
While the services students received from the school system were an entitlement, students must meet specific eligibility requirements for DDA services. Access to services depends on the following requirements:
- DDA Eligibility
- Medical Assistance and financial eligibility
- GTYI Eligibility Timeframe-Students are eligible from their 21st birthday until their 22nd birthday. If the date of graduation is after the person’s 21st birthday, they remain eligible for one year after the date of graduation
- Funding Availability
Once a student is eligible for DDA services, a CCS will assist the student and their family with navigating the steps in the process.
For additional information, contact your CCS and visit the following sites:
Prince George’s County Transitioning Youth Fair: https://sites.google.com/pgcps.org/2020virtualtyfair/home
Developmental Disabilities Administration: http://dda.health.maryland.gov
Department of Rehabilitation Services: http://www.dors.state.md.us
Social Security Administration: www.ssa.gov
Maryland Health Connection: https://www.marylandhealthconnection.gov
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