ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) – Maryland state agencies will coordinate services and policies that ensure compliance with state and federal civil rights laws and provide community-based support, emergency preparedness, housing, transportation, employment, health care, accessible technology, education, and family support for Marylanders with disabilities in the new Maryland Disabilities Plan, which was released on Wednesday.
The plan, announced by Governor Larry Hogan and the Maryland Department of Disabilities, will also provide a framework for the provision, monitoring and improvement of these services, according to a statement from the department. The department will monitor progress annually.
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The inter-agency disability advisory board, which is made up of cabinet secretaries from important government agencies, develops the plan every four years. The board must make recommendations, assess funding and service needs for people with disabilities, identify performance metrics, and work with the disability minister to create a coordinated delivery system.
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The five guiding principles of the plan are self-direction, financial well-being, accessible communication, maximizing resources, and health and well-being. State officials added the principle of health and wellness during the Covid-19 pandemic.
“The pandemic is having a tremendous impact on the lives of Marylanders with disabilities,” Carol A. Beatty, secretary, Maryland Department of Disabilities. it says in the declaration. “This plan builds on the knowledge gained and will improve and improve the service systems of our state.”
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