The Arc Honors Mac Ramsey
Self Advocates, families, colleagues, and friends gathered on April 28th at Martin's Crosswinds to celebrate Mac Ramsey's 39 years of service to the developmental disabilities community, 31 of them with The Arc Prince George's County. After dinner and cake, Mac was honored with remarks by representatives of the differing constituencies with whom he worked. Mac was also regaled with a couple of musical tributes, including The Arc staff's rendition of a favorite 50's tune. Mac will be retiring this summer. Though he plans to stay involved in the DD community, he is also looking forward to spending time with his grandchildren and on the links. All of us at The Arc honor Mac's tremendous legacy and wish him our very best.
2015 Legislative Session Wrap-Up
The Maryland General Assembly convened for the 2015 Legislative Session with a tremendous amount of uncertainty and change. For the DD Community, the top priority was preserving the mandated 3.5% rate increases passed during the 2014 Session in response to the minimum wage increase in Maryland. Marylanders with developmental disabilities
and those who support them won several significant victories.
After a tremendous amount of advocacy, the DDA budget was passed with a 3% rate increase for community services in FY 2016. Additionally, the General Assembly maintained the mandated 3.5% rate increase in State law from FY 2017-2019; and just last Friday, Governor Hogan agreed to release $3 million dollars earmarked by the General Assembly for the 123 individuals on the Crisis Resolution waiting list.
The General Assembly further adopted budget language requiring the Department of Health & Mental Hygiene to report on Transitioning youth and Emergency and Crisis Resolution placements. Read the full briefing.
Governor Releases Crisis Resoluton Funding
On May 15, Governor Hogan agreed to release $3 million dollars that had been earmarked by the Maryland General Assembly to assist 123 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities on the Crisis Resolution waiting list. Thank you to all advocates who wrote Governor Hogan, urging release of the funds! The Arc especially thanks The Arc Maryland for leadership on this key legislative issue.
The Arc Congratulates Award Winners!
Spring is a season of graduations and recognition. The Arc Congratulates our Award winners at both The Arc Maryland Convention and the Maryland Association of Community Services' (MACS) awards events. On May 1 at The Arc Maryland convention, Mac Ramsey was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Julie Lee of our Employment services Division was recognized as Outstanding Employee of the Year, and Donald Pollock was acknowledged as The Arc's Volunteer of the Year. Two related Arc Maryland awards were conferred for a media piece on inclusion: The Laurel High School Spartans cheer leading team won a Meritorious Service Award for fully including a student with intellectual and developmental disabilities; and Jennifer Rynda of The Baltimore Sun was honored with a Community Media Excellence Award for her digital profile of the spirited team. Click here to watch video.
At the MACS awards banquet on May 14th, Hattie Coulter-Lewis, who works in our Laurel Day Center, and Shardai McRae, of Employment Services, were honored with Outstanding Staff Awards. In another shining moment, Sylvia Navarro, who attends our Laurel Day Center, was recognized with the MACS Personal Achievement Award. Congratulations to all of these winners!
“Arts of The Arc Prince George’s County” Art Show
Come celebrate the work of 32 artists from The Arc’s community partnership with Brentwood Arts Exchange. These original works were created in Fall 2014.
Prince George’s County Sports and Learning Complex, Learning Center Gallery
8001 Sherriff Road, Hyattsville, MD
March 30-May 29, 2015
Come work for The Arc!
Do you have a passion for helping people? Do you want to make a meaningful difference in people's lives? Then come to The Arc for a walkin interview on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 9:30AM. For more information about the interview and the process, check out the flyer here! We can't wait to see you!