ACIDD MARYLAND provides Personal Supports (PS) to people who have the dual diagnoses of Developmental Disability and Mental Disorders in the State of Maryland. PS is an alternative to the structured GH and ALU residential model in the community. This service is also one of the Intellectual Disability Initiatives, a critical component of our mission to promote community-based support services for all individuals with developmental disorders for a healthy, strong and economically self-sufficient group of citizens in the State of Maryland.

With the mission to empower individuals with Intellectual Disability in communities around the State to enable them make positive life choices to maximize their potential towards well-being, better living and working in the community, PS will be building long-term relationship with individuals, their families, our employees, community, and stakeholders by undertaking responsible behavior in our actions towards each other.

The goals are:

  • Fostering  innovative strategies and their applications as the basis for bringing about stable integrated setting , well being with improved status of health, safety, independence, personal choice and individual rights;
  • Developing natural supports, personal assistance, independent living, support and care by the family, and also non-residential services such as recreational options that will ensure independence, self-confidence and enhancement of social skills to maintain a good healthy environment.
  • Introducing program services that include Shared Living as a means to gain independence, freedom from being institutionalized, and ensure return to relatively normal life for them;
  • Exemplifying and promoting highest quality of service to individuals with Intellectual Disability as a mark of disability.

PS and Shared living for adults in viable community setting are steps to bring about change in the lives of these individuals who once may have been institutionalized in the past and lacked community living. This program serves them in more than one Region of the State. PS service will be under the guidance and supervision of DDA, monitored by the Standing Committee of ACIDD, and licensed by the Office of Health Care Quality. CARF International will assess the program in 2017 and accredit it to meet its standards. PS and Shared Living as the alternative to structured residential program with multiple services to people with intellectual disability is described under COMAR 10.22.08.

PS provides consistency and personal freedom to the individuals enhanced by natural supports. Living in a community with supports received by members of the community in natural setting is the first learning process for the individual to become independent in the community. Here, the individual learns to communicate his/her personal choices, identify his/her strengths and needs, and improve his/her functional skills. Community life honors individual’s choices. It empowers the individual to fully participate in the community life. The individual continues to receive personal supports and various options in the community natural setting.

Shared Living under family home care or independent living with shared supports in his/her own home in the community by an individual brings relative independence to the individual. This model is meant to be for relatively independent individuals who seek limited supports from service providers and receive supports generally from individual’s own family members and/or community at large. These individuals could be behaviorally challenging individuals. They may also need specialized care and supports due to their medical or behavioral issues. Such individuals’ homes and shared environment continue to provide stability, mutual support, better health maintenance, safety, and supervision to them.

Personal Supports and Shared Living services are available to individuals who also have related disorders. The recipients of this service may also be receiving other services such as Supported Employment or CLS. This model helps individuals to improve or restore independent living and social skills necessary to support their recovery, ability to informed decisions and choices and participation in community life. The services include identifying and utilizing opportunities for socialization, education and employment, maximizing abilities to function successfully in society. Services will assist them with regaining effective impulse control and improve self-esteem assisting in acquiring the skills necessary for daily independent living, nutrition, personal grooming, and prevention of illness. Individuals’ program also recommends strategies on money management, occupational preparation, and cultural and community integration.

The range of program services also involves understanding of ideas for behavioral management, improved social and daily living skills, and employment integration. Additional services include rehabilitation activities, medication management, wellness of individuals and on call and emergency response towards an individual’s recovery, and improvement or restoration of skills.

Individuals for PS services are referred to ACIDD by the Resource Coordination agency that advocates for these individuals in the community. Personal supports and shared living enhance a healthy, well being of the individuals in society. There is no community life without social, physical and mental health supports. An individual’s overall health is adversely affected by drawbacks in community life for people with a denial of their identity. Lack of natural supports results in discrimination, violation of rights, inequality, lack of accessibility and prejudice against individuals with developmental disabilities. The goal is to eliminate all the above and make people to live healthy life with supports at the same level for all.