March Support Broker Trainings ~ Open for Registration


~ Support Broker Training Dates ~

Initial Support Broker Training

March 12, 2019 and March 13, 2019 (WMRO)

The Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) is sponsoring a one and a half day Initial Support Broker Training for people who want to receive their certification to provide Support Broker services to those in the Self-Directed Service option of the Community Pathways Waiver. Those that are interested and prepared to work as a Support Broker are welcome to attend. This is not a general information session for those wanting to learn or learn more about Self-Directed Services.

Self-Directed Services allow people who have an intellectual or developmental disability (and meet waiver eligibility requirements) to choose and design their own waiver services and supports with the assistance of their chosen team and within the guidelines of the program.

People using Self-Directed Services can design their own services, interview and hire their own staff, are the employer of record setting their own payment rates, benefits and employee’s schedules to meet their needs and wishes. Self-Directed Services gives people with disabilities the opportunity to have more control of their own lives.

A Support Broker has a collaborative role of supporting people in co-planning and co-organizing support a person may need but is neither a Coordinator of Community Services nor a service provider. Therefore, a Support Broker does not have the job of controlling or allocating resources and does not have the job of providing services.

A Support Broker believes that any person can direct their services with a unique-to-them amount of support in doing so, regardless of level of disability, medical needs or other circumstance.

Some of the major roles and responsibilities of a Support Broker are to support a person to learn about and exercise their employer and budget authority, co-plan for life and determine the support needed, support a person to enact and execute their plans, support a person to hire and manage their employees and assist in connecting people to resources and others.

Initial Support Broker Training certification is obtained by registering for the course here, https://tinyurl.com/MarchSBTrainings, completing pre-training course work and a pre-test (Passing the pre-test will confirm your seat in the course), attending the entire 1 ½ day session and passing a post-test. The test format is closed book and includes open ended questions.

Training attendees that are confirmed for the course will receive the course materials electronically prior to the first day of training for self printing or use on electronic device during the training, paper copies will not be furnished. Certification is valid for 2 years.

Those needing accommodations (ASL, Spanish, large font materials, etc.) must indicate need when registering. If course is full, priority is given to those who have already been hired by a person in or entering Self-Directed Services.

Support Broker Recertification Training

March 2, 2019 (CMRO)

March 13, 2019 (WMRO)

The Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) is sponsoring two separate one day Support Broker Recertifications for currently certified Support Brokers who want to continue to provide the service of Support Brokerage to those in the Self-Directed Service option of the Community Pathways Waiver. Recertification is required every 2 years. This is not a general information session for those wanting to learn or learn more about Self-Directed Services, it is solely for certified Support Brokers wanting to renew their certification.

There is a new format for the Recertification training. You will be trained with newly certifying Support Brokers for half of the day. This approach provides opportunity to work, network, mentor, train and develop together as well as a sense of community among Support Brokers. Because of this connection, new and recertifying Support Brokers may choose to pair up for mentoring post training on their own. We will also address a new quality enhancement component together.

Support Broker Recertification is obtained by registering for the course, completing pre-training course work and a pre-test (Passing the pre-test will confirm your seat in the course), attending the entire 1-day session and passing a post-test. The test format is closed book and includes open ended questions.

Training attendees that are confirmed for the course will receive the course materials electronically prior to the first day of training for self-printing or use on electronic device during the training. Paper copies will not be furnished.

Those needing accommodations (ASL, Spanish, large font materials, etc.) must indicate need when registering. If the course is full, priority is given to those who have already been hired by a person in or entering Self-Directed Services.

Certification is valid for 2 years.

Please click on the link https://tinyurl.com/MarchSBTrainings to register. You may not be able to register for this session after that date, as classes fill quickly. However, other sessions will be added to the calendar once locations and dates are secured.

Click here to see the DDA Training Calendar and to Register!https://tinyurl.com/MarchSBTrainings

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