Disabilities

Senior Helpline Sponsored by Maryland Legal Aid

866-635-2948

(410) 763-8752

Maryland Legal Aid is committed to protecting and advancing the rights of older adults. Maryland Legal Aid serves people over age 60 in all areas of legal practice. We provide a range of services from advice to full representation at hearings. In many counties, these services have special funding through the local Area Agencies on Aging and the Older Americans Act. Many older adults contact us about:Debt collection, Eviction, Foreclosure, Social Security and SSI, Medicaid, Long-term care, Nursing home discharge questions.

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The Maryland Senior Legal Helpline is a free telephone hotline for people living in Maryland, aged 60 years or older. Attorneys who staff the helpline provide brief legal advice to callers or give callers a referral to another legal resource or an appropriate public or private agency. By providing these services over the telephone, seniors can get help for their legal problems without having to leave their homes.

Hours of Operation

Mon – Fri 9:30am – 4:00pm

Areas Served

Caroline, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot Counties

Maryland Access Point

1-844-627-5465 toll free or 410-778-6000 local office

Serves health and support services or older Marylanders and persons with disabilities.

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Find services that help with home delivered meals, home modifications, chronic disease self-management, caregiver support, transportation, energy assistance, shopping, chores or personal assistance. Finds community services to avoid nursing home. Creates a plan for long term care.

Maryland Relay

410-767-6960

To ensure those who are Deaf, Deaf/Blind, Hard of Hearing or late deafened or have limited mobility, vision loss, speech difficulty or cognitive difficulties are provided with accommodations that allow for effective and accurate communication.

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Maryland Relay provides free Relay services to all who have difficulty using a standard telephone to either make or receive phone calls. Additionally, through the Maryland Accessible Telecommunications program, qualified Maryland residents can receive State-provided telecommunications devices.

MCF Maryland Coalition of Families

410-730-8267

410-479-0018

Maryland Coalition of Families (MCF) helps families who care for someone with behavioral health needs. Using personal experience as parents, caregivers, youth and other loved ones, we connect, support and empower Maryland’s families. Our staff provide one-to-one support to parents and caregivers of young people with mental health issues and to any loved one who cares for someone with a substance use or gambling issues.

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Our trained staff, who themselves have cared for a young person with mental health, substance use and/or other behavioral health needs, will work one-to-one with you – listening to your concerns, attending meetings, assisting you to complete forms, explaining your rights and connecting you to appropriate services. Family Peer Support Specialists (FPSS) also work in partnership with local agencies and participate on planning and advisory boards to provide a family perspective on policies and programs. Family Peer Support Specialists make every effort to involve many families in leadership roles in their community.

Eligibility

Anyone who needs assistance with obtaining services or support for their family can call a Family Peer Support Specialist. Services are provided free to Maryland families.

State of Maryland Commission on Civil Rights

410-767-8600 or 1-800-637-6247

410-333-1841

It is the mission of the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights to ensure opportunity for all through the enforcement of Maryland’s laws against discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations, and state contracts; to provide educational outreach services related to provisions of this law; and to promote and improve civil rights in Maryland.

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Case Processing:MCCR’s primary operations are devoted to the intake, investigation, and processing of discrimination complaints by those living in, working in, and visiting Maryland. MCCR is a neutral finder of fact. Evidence is collected by interviewing witnesses, gathering and analyzing documents, and conducting on-site visits. After completing an investigation, staff drafts a written finding. Legal:MCCR attorneys litigate cases before the Office of Administrative Hearings, and state and federal courts; prosecute subsequent appeals before Commission appeal panels, and state and federal appellate courts; and institute litigation responsibilities, responds to legal inquiries from the public; drafts legislation and regulations; and provides training to MCCR staff and upon request, the public.Education & Outreach:MCCR provides services, information, and training support to groups and individuals in Maryland. Some training topics include- Conflict Resolution, Dimensions of Diversity, Disability and Reasonable Accommodations in the Workplace, Discrimination Prevention, Religious/Spiritual Awareness at Work, Sexual Harassment Prevention, and Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity at Work.

The Arc

410-269-1883

Since 1961, The Arc Central Chesapeake Region has been at the forefront of providing innovative support, solutions, and advocacy for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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The Arc of the Central Chesapeake Region is committed to providing superior programs and services to those with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are of any age and in any stage of their lives. From financial assistance to employment training; drop-in services to community homes; crisis intervention to educational advocacy, The Arc is committed to helping individuals with developmental disabilities live the most independent, productive life possible.

Caroline County Local Care Team

410-479-4446

c/o Caroline Human Services Council, Inc, 317 Carter Ave., Suite 101, Denton, MD 21629

The Local Care Team is made of representatives from all the child serving agencies in Caroline County (Caroline Human Services, Department of Juvenile Services, Caroline County Health Department Behavioral Health Clinic, MD Coalition of Families, Developmental Disabilities Administration, and Mid Shore Behavioral Health). If your child is between 5 and 21 and is displaying behaviors that concern you, struggling socially, being defiant or aggressive, displaying other risky behaviors or if you are struggling to coordinate services between agencies for your child who has an IEP or other diagnosis, the Local Care Team can help. The team will review your child’s needs and discuss resources and you will leave the meeting with a Plan of Care. A parent/caregiver can work with an agency already serving the child to make referral to the Local Care Team, which normally meets on the third Wednesday of each month or may contact the LCT Coordinator for assistance in making a self referral or accessing the appropriate agency to make a referral for your child.

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Resources and referrals for families with children with intensive behavioral health needs.

Disability Rights Maryland

410-727-6352 or 1-800-233-7201

410-727-6389

1500 Union Ave, Ste. 2000, Baltimore, MD 21211

Disability Rights Maryland (DRM) is a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization advocating to improve the lives of Marylanders with disabilities.

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Disability Rights Maryland (DRM) may represent Maryland residents who have a disability and a legal issue within the scope of our Advocacy Services Plan. Contact our intake office at 410-727-6352 ext. 0 (ask for “intake”), Monday through Friday, between 9 AM and 5 PM to learn if we can assist you.DRM represents children and adults of all ages with psychiatric disabilities, developmental disabilities, sensory disabilities, learning disabilities, and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). We represent people with disabilities who live in institutions, live in the community, or are homeless.

Permanent Supportive Housing (Continuum of Care Housing Program)

410-770-4801x303

Continuum of Care Housing Programs are HUD funded rental subsidies for literally homeless person(s)/families with behavioral health disabilities. Eligibility is determined through an intake process by PATH Outreach, Case Management Staff, or CoC Housing Specialist. Programming is provided through supportive services staff. ContactMid-Shore Behavioral Health at the above number for more Continuum of Care housing information.

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Americans with Disabilities Act HOTLINE

1-800-514-0301

This service permits businesses, State and local governments, or others to call and ask questions about general or specific ADA requirements, including asking questions about the ADA Standards for Accessible Design.

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Hours of Operation

Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri 9:30am-12:00 pm & 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm; Thurs 2:30pm-5:30pm