LISS Update and Action Alert
The Low Intensity Support Services (LISS) provider for the Southern Maryland Region (which includes Prince George's County) is Maryland Community Connection. Here is their contact information:
Maryland Community Connection
4401 Nicole Drive
Lanham, MD 20706
LISS Phone: 301-583-8880
Toll free: 1-877-622-6688
Web Address: http://www.marylandcommunityconnection.org
LISS Request Forms are now being accepted and will continue to be accepted through July 31, 2014. A lottery system will be used to determine who will actually receive funding. The maximum funding per individual is $2,000.
LISS ACTION ALERT!
DDA has made changes to eligibility requirements for LISS funding and to the distribution of LISS funding, both of which negatively impact people in Prince George's County.
First, individuals in the REM and Model Waiver are being excluded from receiving LISS funding, even though these waivers do not cover the type of supports LISS could provide. This particular change affects only people receiving public insurance (Medicaid); if the same person is receiving these supports through private insurance, he/she remains eligible for LISS funding. This is an unfair distinction.
Second, LISS funding is being distributed based on the number of individuals on DDA's waiting list in a particular DDA service region, instead of on census population data. This means $250,000 of LISS funding will not be coming into the Southern Maryland region, which includes both Montgomery and Prince George's counties, but will instead to go other regions.
Take Action! Please reach out to Bernard Simons, Executive Director of the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA), and Joshua Sharfstein, Maryland Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH), and let them know that you DISAGREE with both of these actions! Emails can be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
The Arc Prince George's County President Anthony (Tony) Zanfordino was honored for his volunteer leadership at the Maryland Association of Community Services (MACS) annual meeting which was held at the Fisherman's Inn in Grasonville this past Thursday. Tony has just completed his first year as President and has instilled a spirit of activism among The Arc's 15 member board of directors. Executive Director Mac Ramsey reports that "Tony has made sure that The Arc and the needs of the people it represents are well known to local and state legislators. He has done a stellar job of reaching out to all the individuals, families and staff associated with the agency." MACS represents the needs of over 100 Maryland agencies that provide services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Congratulations Tony on a job well done!
Out on the Town
Out on the Town is a social club for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Group members meet on Tuesday or Wednesday evenings to socialize, dine out, and participate in a wide variety of social and recreational opportunities in the community.
The summer session is starting in July with lots of fun activities and opportunities. For more information about Out on the Town, contact Kianna Richardson at (301)322-8306 ext 313 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To find out more information about the events, dates, fees, and registration, check out the registration packet.
Out on the Town will also be hosting two Saturday events in August, including a trip to the Baltimore Aquarium and to the Wax museum in Washington, DC.
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 June Arc Notes.