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Maryland disability benefit programs.

Programs can help the disabled in Illinois. The state wants to ensure that individuals, as well as their family members, have the support they need. Resources can provide those that have a disability with medical care, cash benefits, medications, home care, and other support.

Disabled residents in Maryland can get help from several different services and resources. Assistance programs are focused on meeting their specific needs and can also help their families or caretakers. Both short term, emergency needs and long term help can be arranged. Any support provided is in addition to the standard low income financial assistance programs that may be available for basic needs, such as rent, housing, or utility bills.

While there are several different government affiliated organizations and departments that provide these benefits, many of them are managed by the Maryland Department of Disabilities. This organization will work towards ensuring that the individual, family members, and caretakers receive the help and support they need. The department evaluates services for Maryland citizens with disabilities. Staff will work with clients to identify and recommend ways to improve services, provides information and referrals, and it also coordinates and supports public and private agencies serving people with disabilities.

Maryland Technology Assistance Program, or MDTAP, can support both the disabled and seniors. The main goal is to improve the lives of any resident with a disability. Assistance is also available for their families and relatives. The state will help them by supporting access to assistive technology (AT) devices and services, both for job and home use. This includes certain basic technology services that make it easier to both get around and communicate with others. Examples are stair glides, ramps, vehicle lifts for a wheelchair, hearing aids, spinner knobs, and hand controls. Call 1-800-832-4827.

Medical assistance is available from the EID Program. This is run by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, or DHMH. It will provide Medicaid, a form of medical bill assistance, to Maryland individuals with a disability. The state will help pay for the majority of medical services for individuals who have no other health insurance available to them. This benefit can save individuals with Medicare $1,000 - $12,000 a year. In addition, EID will supplement any private insurance that people have and the state will pay for some services that the other insurance may not cover.




The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation's affordable rental housing opportunities initiative for persons with disabilities initiative overview was created in partnership with the state. It will arrange for affordable rental housing options for income qualified persons and their families with a disability. It was designed to build upon the strengths of the State’s Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Program (LIHTC) as well as Foundation. The initiative seeks to increase affordable, accessible, and independent housing opportunities to those that qualify in the community.

Adapting Motor Vehicles for Persons with Disabilities will ensure transportation is widely available. The disabled can get help in evaluating their needs, choosing a qualified dealer to modify the vehicle, selecting the right vehicle, being trained, maintaining the care vehicle, and they will also receive benefits in the form of substantial cost savings. Also get information about licensing requirements and organizations to contact for further support.

Funding is provided by the Department of Rehabilitation Services, or DORS. Qualified applicants may be qualified for State funding to assist in making and paying for the vehicle modification. The main phone number is 1-888-554-0334.

There are several different agencies that work on administering these assistance programs. They include the Maryland Commission on Disabilities, Task Force on Self-Directed Mental Health Care, Technology Assistance Program, Assistive Technology Loan Program, Community Living Policy, Attendant Care Program, and also the Employed Individuals With Disabilities Program.

For more information on any of those resources and benefits listed above, call the number indicated or the Maryland Department of Disabilities at (800) 637-4113

The Department of Human Resources administers many of the cash assistance programs and other federal government benefits. These are an option for low income households with a disabled member. Some examples on what may be offered are below.

  • The EAFC or Emergency Assistance to Families with Children provides cash grants and emergency cash assistance to low income and struggling families who need emergency help paying for food, rent, security deposits, or utilities.
  • Funds for utility and heating bill are provided by the Maryland Energy Assistance Program (MEAP).
  • Other programs include SNAP food stamps, burial assistance, Medicaid, and the Maryland Pharmacy Assistance Program.

The Human Resources department runs several other resources. Call your local county office.




The Maryland Department of Aging not only can assist residents over the age of 60, but some assistance programs are also offered for those with a disability. Some examples of the benefits administered by the organization are noted below.

The state provides hot nutritious meals to residents and their spouses of any age that have a disability. The state will also offer younger eligible people short term or long term assistance. The Department of Aging will also arrange for National Family Caregiver Support Program, Life Long Learning Centers, as well as a Medicaid Waiver for Older Adults. Call the department at (410) 767-1100 for more details.

Department of Education’s Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) runs the vocational rehabilitation program. This includes the Office of Field Services, Maryland Business Enterprise Program for the Blind, Blindness and Vision Services, the Workforce and the Technology Center.

This organization also oversees the Disability Determination Services. They are tasked with making medical decisions about all disability claims filed by Maryland citizens through the Social Security Administration. So if your application was denied, if you require an appeal, or have other concerns, this organization can assist and help you get the benefits you need.

They also run the Independent Living Services. This is a form of rehabilitation that is provided at Centers for Independent Living (CILs). It is available throughout the state and is for people who want to be more independent in the community and at home. Benefits available include referral and information, skills training, peer counseling, assistive technology services, and individual and systems advocacy. Call (888) 554-0334.

Department of Health Long-Term Care includes the federal and state government funded Medicaid Program. Among other benefits, this will implement and administer home and community-based services waivers. It also provides for a number of targeted case management programs for special population groups. Examples of assistance includes the following.

  • The Money Follows the Person Program, which assists clients in the transition from an institution to community living.
  • Personal Care Program supports the activities of daily living to Medicaid recipients with a disability, chronic illness, or medical condition.
  • The Medicaid Nursing Home Program and Day Care is a structured group program providing services to adults with functional disabilities that are age 16 and older.
  • Several other home and community-based long term care services are offered.

For more information, call the Health Long-Term Care division at (877) 463-3464.

Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Developmental Disabilities Administration DDA provides several services to those that qualify as well as their caretakers. They include behavioral, individual, family, and low intensity support services. There is also help for children as well. Other services include respite care, supported employment; transitioning youth; and vocational day program. Call (877) 4MD-DHMH

Additional government disability programs in Maryland

The Arc of Baltimore
Address is 7215 York Road
Baltimore, MD 21212
Phone - (410) 296-2272





Autism Society of Montgomery County
4125 Queen Mary Drive
Olney, MD 20832
Telephone number is (301) 652-3912

Baltimore VA Paralyzed Veterans of America Regional Office
31 Hopkins Plaza, Room 1236
Baltimore, MD 21201
Toll-free (800) 795-3606

Blind Industries and Services of Maryland
Address is 3345 Washington Boulevard
Baltimore, MD 21227
Toll free (888) 322-4567

Brain Injury Association of Maryland, Inc.
Location 2200 Kernan Drive
Baltimore, MD21207
Main toll-free number in Maryland (800) 221-6443

Family Health Administration’s Office for Genetics and Children with Special Health Care Needs (OGCSHCN)
201 West Preston Street, 3rd Floor
Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 767-5300
The agency runs assistance programs for children with special health care needs and their families. The divisions include Clinical Genetic, the Division for Newborn Screening and Follow-up, and The Metabolic Nutrition Follow-up Program.

Kennedy Krieger Institute, Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities
Main address is 707 North Broadway
Baltimore, MD 21205
Call (888) 554-2080

Learning Disabilities Association of Maryland, Inc.
P.O. Box 744
Dunkirk, MD 20754
Toll-free (888) 265-6459

Maryland Association of the Deaf
P.O. Box 527
Burtonsville, MD 20866-0527

Maryland Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Location is 11403 Cronhill Drive, Suite E
Owings Mills, MD 21117
Call (443) 641-1200




Maryland Department of Disabilities, Commission on Disabilities
217 East Redwood Street, Suite 1300
Baltimore, MD 21202
Toll-free (800) 637-4113

Maryland Department of Education
Main office is at 200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 767-0100

Department of Education, Division of Rehabilitation Services
Address is 2301 Argonne Drive
Baltimore, MD 21218
Toll-free (888) 554-0334

Maryland Department of Education, Division of Rehabilitation Services Independent Living Services
Main address is 2301 Argonne Drive
Baltimore, MD 21218
Call (888) 554-0334

Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Family Health Administration’s Office of Chronic Disease Prevention
201 West Preston Street, Room 306
Baltimore MD 21201
Call (410) 767-5780
This state organization provides benefits including chronic disease prevention, oral health, blood pressure screening; and nutrition.

Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene - The different organizations that are part of this offices are listed below.

  • Developmental Disabilities Administration, Location is 201 West Preston Street, 4th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21201, Toll-free phone number - (877) 4MD-DHMH
  • Maryland Medical Assistance Program, 201 West Preston Street, Baltimore, MD 21201, (877) 463-3464
  • Medical Programs, Long-Term Care, 201 West Preston Street, Baltimore, MD 21201, Toll-free (877) 463-3464
  • Core Service Agencies, 55 Wade Avenue, Catonsville, MD21228, dial (410) 402-8300
  • Mental Hygiene Administration, Spring Grove Hospital Center, Traumatic Brain Injury Lead Agency, 55 Wade Avenue, Mitchell Building, Catonsville, MD21228, call (410) 402-8476

Maryland Governor’s Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Location is 217 East Redwood St., Suite 1300
Baltimore, MD 21202
Call (410) 767-6290

Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems
Main address is 653 West Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
(800) 762-7157

The Maryland School for the Blind
3501 Taylor Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21236
Dial (410) 444-5000 for intake.

Maryland School for the Deaf
Frederick Campus, 101 Clarke Place
Frederick, MD 21705-0250
Call (301) 360-2000

Mental Hygiene Administration (MHA), Core Service Agencies
Address is 55 Wade Avenue
Catonsville, MD  21228
Call (410) 402-8300
The organization delivers public mental health services through residential treatment centers and inpatient psychiatric facilities for both disabled children and adolescents.

Columbia Campus
P.O. Box 894, 8169 Old Montgomery Road
Columbia, MD 21044
(410) 480-4500

United Cerebral Palsy of Central Maryland
Main address is 1700 Reisterstown Road, Suite 226
Baltimore, MD 21208-2935
Call (410) 484-4540

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