For 38 years, we have been providing care coordination to individuals with disabilities and complex healthcare needs. Today, we serve more than 10,000 individuals, who live healthy and independent lives in the community of their choice.
As part of the Year of Service initiative, coworkers are volunteering across the state to help people with disabilities, housing instability and mental health challenges, as well as organizations that support animals and the environment!
The START program is a comprehensive model of service supports that optimizes independence, treatment and community living. In January 2021, The Coordinating Center was selected by the DDA to participate in the 12-month pilot. Read more about the START program and The Coordinating Center at the link below.
The START program model was established in 1988 by Dr. Joan B. Beasley and her team to provide community-based crisis intervention for individuals with intellectual/ developmental disabilities (IDD) and mental health needs. START is a comprehensive model of service supports that optimizes independen...
You can become a champion for children’s mental health! Join the Mental Health Association of Maryland’s Campaign by committing to raise awareness, reduce stigma, and provide resources to improve mental health and reduce substance use for Maryland’s children. Click the link below to learn more about how you can support the cause during Maryland Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week, May 2-8, 2021—and beyond.
In 1972, the Autism Society launched the first annual National Autistic Children’s week which later evolved into Autism Acceptance Month. This year, however, the Autism Society of America has launched a new campaign, Celebrate Differences, as they join with other local, state, and national disability organizations to shift focus from awareness to acceptance. This shift comes in response to the autism community feeling that acceptance is a growing need within the community. By shifting the focus, the goal is to promote acceptance and celebration of autistic people (many of whom prefer identity-first language to people-first language). According to the Autistic Self Advocacy Network’s article on Autism Acceptance Month, “Autism is a natural variation of the human experience, and we can all create a world which values, includes, and celebrates all kinds of minds”. By focusing on acceptance, the goal is to improve support and opportunities across all aspects of life, including education, employment, and health care.
While every day is a celebration of autism for the Autism Waiver team at The Coordinating Center, the team will be meeting this month to discuss the importance of this shift as well as to review perspectives from autistic persons about symbols, language, and inclusivity.
About What is Autism Acceptance Month? April is Autism Acceptance Month. During Autism Acceptance Month, we focus on sharing positive, respectful, and accurate information about autism and autistic people. Autism Acceptance Month promotes acceptance and celebration of autistic people as family membe...
Congratulations to Karen Twigg, AVP, Community Health who presented yesterday to the Maryland Association of Health Care Executives. Karen's presentation provided an overview of The Center's innovative, virtual patient-centered medical home program - VIPhysicians&Kids with a focus of on developing innovative, sustainable, adaptive programs to improve health care outcomes and system fiscal accountability, especially in light of the impact of COVID-19. We are also pleased to report that The Coordinating Center has been selected as a new grantee by the Maryland Community Health Resources Commission. Thanks to the Commission’s support, The Center will soon be expanding VIPhysicians&Kids to Rural Maryland in partnership with the Maryland Rural Health Association. ... See MoreSee Less