STOP MARYLAND DDA Their Waiver Will Hurt Those with Autism, Disabilities and Special Needs
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The DDA's Community Pathways Waiver Will Hurt Those with Autism, Disabilities and Special Needs
Maryland’s Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) is trying again to push through an ill-conceived plan that, beginning in July 2018, deny critical services and hurt those with special needs. They tried this last year with Amendment 2 but failed after your outcry and a petition on this website forced them to reconsider. They gave broad assurances to make real changes and preserve services. They betrayed the public and are now again trying to push through changes that will eliminate or cut services that those with disabilities depend on now to live safely and inclusively in their community. Staff of the DDA responsible for designing these changes have stated publicly that there will be “winners” and “losers” as a result of these changes. We will not let DDA set up our special needs children and young adults to be “losers.” The plan being pushed through by Deputy Secretary of DDA Bernard Simons and his team will:
- LIMIT OPPORTUNITIES for employment, inclusion and family support.
- RESTRICT OPTIONS for the most fragile and vulnerable individuals with the most complex needs.
- Selectively DENY and fragment essential services that allow children and adults to live safely in their home and community.
- WASTE taxpayer money by increasing administrative costs at the expense of services.
Concerned individuals, family members and service providers are asking Bernard Simons and Developmental Disabilities Administration to stop the proposed changes. They are NOT LISTENING and continue to ignore broad stakeholder objections from the disabled, parent advocacy groups, Adult Service Providers, and major community organizations.
Given the sweeping uncertainties of the changes that will occur to the Medicaid program as a whole Maryland needs to renew the existing Community Pathways Waiver with as few changes as possible and work with stakeholders for any needed revisions after future Medicaid program rules are in effect.
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