Coronavirus – Communications and Resources

Applied Self Direction Shares CMS Issued COVID-19 Health Care Providers Fact Sheet The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have issued a COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Health Care Providers Fact Sheet. This fact sheet should prove helpful to our members as they navigate the challenges of the Coronavirus, or COVID-19. One of the many challenges associated with this virus is that direct care may not be able to be provided as it normally is. Per this fact sheet, we encourage states to seek program flexibilities by submitting Section 1135 Waiver Requests. Section 1135 Waiver Requests can be submitted directly to Jackie Glaze, CMS Acting Director, Medicaid & CHIP Operations Group Center for Medicaid & CHIP Services by email (Jackie.Glaze@cms.hhs.gov) or letter. Neither a special form nor format are required for this request, although CMS-recommended best practices for developing Section 1135 Waiver Requests may be found here. We encourage our FMS and Stakeholder Members to consider the program flexibilities you require to ensure your clients receive needed services and to submit those as soon as possible to your State Medicaid contacts. You know your programs and clients best, but some ideas include: Waiving restrictions on certain family members providing direct care.Temporarily waiving certain background check requirements so workers can be approved to provide care more quickly.Waiving certain prior authorization requirements.Waiving certain individual budget amendment requirements.Waiving requirements for face-to-face meetings to be replaced by phone or videoconference meetings. CMS has also produced a helpful Disaster Response Toolkit. If you are having trouble contacting your State Medicaid representatives, please let us know and we will assist.   We are available to work with our State, FMS and Stakeholder...

FREE Trainings Sponsored by the Maryland Department of Labor ~ March 2020

Never Work Without a Net:  Safety Nets for Workers Who Get Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits A FREE Training Sponsored by the  Maryland Department of Labor 3 Options: Monday, March 16, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm WorkSource Montgomery American Job Center 11510 Georgia Ave., 3rd Floor Wheaton MD 20904 (301) 929-6880 OR Tuesday, March 24, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm Anne Arundel County Career Center 613 Global Way Linthicum Heights MD 21090 (410) 424-3240 OR Monday, March 30, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm Workforce and Technology Center 2301 Argonne Drive, Room T-130 Baltimore, MD 21218 (410) 554-9320 What is the greatest obstacle to employment for many people with disabilities?  Fear of losing essential benefits like Social Security Disability, SSI, Medicare and Medicaid. Luckily, these programs include safety nets called “work incentives” that provide layers of protection for benefits when people work.  Work incentives can: Enable people to keep cash and medical benefits when they work at certain earnings levelsKeep medical benefits if their cash benefits stop due to earningsRegain cash benefits if they have stopped due to work, but earnings have later dropped or stoppedSecure an additional medical benefit when workingEnsure that people who receive benefits are better off working People enrolled in the Medicaid Home and Community Based Services Waivers can even use one of the work incentives to keep their Waiver services if they exceed the usual income and resource limits for the Waiver. Training Objectives: Learn the basics of, and differences among, Social Security Disability, SSI, Medicare and MedicaidUnderstand how earnings affect Social Security Disability and SSIDiscover the work incentives in the Social Security Disability...
Mastering the Active Facilitation Approach ~ March 2020!

Mastering the Active Facilitation Approach ~ March 2020!

March 24, 2020 ~ 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and March 25, 2020 ~ 10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Elkridge Branch, Howard County Library 6540 Washington Blvd., Elkridge, MD 21075 Ultra productive meetings have many elements ~ one of them is a skilled facilitator! Organizations are turning to collaborative approaches to get work done better and faster!  Planning meetings require the best of us in collaboration with others. Practice to manage these skills ~ the result is highly productive, action oriented meetings. This two-day course in the active facilitation approach ~ presents the role of the facilitator as a combination of leading and supporting, and offers techniques designed to help groups be as creative and productive as they can be, focusing on the skills of: Organizing and preparing for meetings, Opening work sessions, Leading group discussions, Helping groups reach consensus, Managing conflict in groups and Brainstorming. We have had incredible turn outs and here’s what people said about our prior trainings!   ~ 100% of the attendees said that they will do something different back as work as a result of the training!   ~ “I personally came in with an expectation and this training exceeded all of them.  Thank you. Ready to work.”   ~ “Usually day long trainings overload me and make it hard to retain info.  I was completed engaged!!”   ~ “Great material, clearly presented.”   ~ “Invested and inspired”   ~ “Break out sessions, facilitators, group learning and individual work were great!”  Registration is $185 per person ~ register 9 people and one more can come for free! Elizabeth Vasquez and Gail Godwin will co-present.  More here! https://tinyurl.com/FacilitationMarchSummary Thank you to those who attend, send customers, employees, colleagues and friends to our training and development sessions. We are forever...
SSMD, Inc. has received a 2 year grant award from the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council and it’s called ~ Expectations Matter! My Life, My Choice, My Plan!

SSMD, Inc. has received a 2 year grant award from the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council and it’s called ~ Expectations Matter! My Life, My Choice, My Plan!

SSMD and 26 incredible partners have begun working together to develop and provide Person Centered Planning Training to people with developmental disabilities and family members throughout Maryland. Providing consult in many areas as well as training, people with disabilities and family members are immediate leaders in this grant’s work. The combination of partner experience and expertise is incredible and we are anxiously moving through beginning stages of our work ~ recruiting the Advisory Group, then quickly onward to develop our initial communication and outreach plan and training modules, training trainers and training! Look for person centered planning training available exclusively for people with disabilities and family members starting April...
Shared Support Maryland, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Donations (minus the fair market value of any goods or services received by the donor) are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. A copy of our current financial statement is available on request. Documents and information submitted to the State of Maryland under the Maryland Charitable Solicitations Act are available from the Office of the Secretary of State for the cost of copying and postage. Tax ID #20-5302788.
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