Provider Council meets with DDA Director
On August 7, members of the Prince George's Providers Council had an opportunity to meet with Bernie Simons, the new Executive Director of the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA). The Council is made up of the DDA-funded providers in the County. Simons reported that he was in the process of meeting with people who are associated with his administration. Simultaneously, he has begun work on three major initiatives.
The first is a comprehensive review and potential modification to the newly approved Community Pathways Waiver which provides Medicaid funding for most of DDA's services. His goal is to simplify where possible and make sure that the services and supports funded by the Waiver are consistent with the needs of its service recipients.
The Arc Annual Golf Tournament: September 15, 2014
The University of Maryland Golf Course will be the site of The September 15th Arc Golf Tournament. A big thanks goes to Old Line Bank for once again being our Title Sponsor. To sign up to play, sponsor or donate go to our Golf Tournament Page. Let's make this year's tournament bigger than ever! For further information contact Tiffany Balmer at 301-925-7050 Ext 269 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Arc Expands Child Care Partnership in Hyattsville
The Arc is now partnering with Northwestern Child Development Center to provide fully-inclusive care for children birth to age five who have developmental or medical needs. The Center is located at Northwestern High School in Hyattsville. Research show that children with special needs who have the opportunity to play and learn with their typically developing age mates accelerate their learning and build lasting social skills.
The Northwestern-Arc Partnership is equipped to care for children who have any kind of nursing need during the day. A nurse is on site at all times. Hours for childcare are 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM, Monday through Friday. The Northwestern Center operates on the Prince George's County Public School calendar. For more information on the center and to schedule a visit, please contact Jessica Neely at email@example.com or at 301-925-7050 ext 256.
New Forestville Office Opens
The Arc has opened the doors of its new Forestville office. This office will house the Employment Services Division and serve as the agency's Staff Development Center.
After years of utilizing Prince George's Community College, The Arc has returned to providing its own staff training which includes all 20 DDA required classes.
Training instructors are drawn from The Arc's pool of talented professionals. Steered by The Arc Training Committee, all trainings are delivered in a coherent sequence to assure that each class builds upon each other. Read more...
Artists Celebrate Original Works
Artists of The Arc Prince George's County II is on display at Brentwood Arts Exchange. On Saturday, August 10, artists, family members, friends, and interested viewers enjoyed an opening reception to commemorate the show. Student pieces feature original portrait photography, portrait-silhouettes embellished with mark-making, mixed media drawings, fabric tapestries, and sculpture. Highlights of the show included floral paintings by Joe Warthen, and colored drawings by Michael Steele, and by Marcus Westly. Check out more photos of this exhibit on our flickr page.
2013 Impact Report
Partnering with others to accomplish our mission has been a constant theme at The Arc. Our 2013 Impact report spotlights a variety of our partnerships. If you haven't already done so, take a quick look at our interactive report by clicking on the image below.
View the full August Arc Notes.