2023 Direct Support & Supervision Conference

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The DSP & Supervision conference is back in 2023! Save the date for what’s been called “the best DSP conference in the country”. The conference will be held at the Fontainebleau (formerly the Clarion) in beautiful Ocean City, Maryland on Monday, May 22nd and Tuesday, May 23rd. The conference will kick off with an opening reception on Sunday, the 21st and an opening plenary on Monday with Dr. Karyn Harvey.  There will be an awards banquet on Monday night, workshops and additional plenaries on Monday and Tuesday. More information will be shared soon. If … Read More

MACS Legislative Breakfast

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MACS held its Annual Legislative Breakfast virtually on January 24.  We were delighted to have so many friends from the Maryland General Assembly’s legislative leadership join us, including Budget & Tax Chair Sen. Guy Guzzone, Finance Chair Sen. Melony Griffith, President Pro Tem Sen. Malcolm Augustine, and Health and Human Services subcommittee chair Sen. Cory McCray.  They were open, informative and shared new and interesting details with our memers. We were also pleased to welcome Chair of the Health and … Read More

Happy New Year

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Thank you to all MACS Agency and Corporate members for an informative and successful 2022 CEO & Leadership Conference. We begin 2023 with our Annual MACS Legislative Breakfast, providing MACS members with an opportunity to hear from key legislative leaders. This is a virtual event. Please register using this link.

MACS 2022 CEO & Leadership Conference

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MACS is pleased to announce that the 2022 CEO & Leadership Conference registration is open. This annual conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort, in Cambridge, Maryland. Please use this link to view the conference information. You may also reserve your room using this link.

Welcome Pamela Carrington, MACS Director of Training

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MACS is thrilled to welcome Pam Carrington as our new Director of Training.  Pam brings a wealth of experience in conference and meeting planning, as well as working with different associations, including work with the American Bar Association and the American Urological Association.  Pam has served on the board of one of our member agencies, and has personal experience in providing support to someone with a developmental disability. Pam can be reached at pcarrington@macsonline.org.  Please join us in welcoming Pam to … Read More

Welcome Tracey C. Paliath, Esq. MACS Director of Government Relations

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On August 1st, Tracey Paliath joined the MACS team as our Director of Government Relations. Many of you know Tracey from her work most recently with Chimes, Inc, first as the Deputy Director of Chimes Maryland, and then as the Director of Government Affairs and Advocacy.  Prior to her work at Chimes, Tracey served as Deputy Secretary with the MD Department of Human Resources, and Director of Economic Services for Jewish Community Services. Tracey is an attorney who also worked in private practice earlier in her career. … Read More

2022 Legislative Session Wrap Up

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The 2022 Maryland General Assembly adjourned at midnight on Monday!  The attached report and bill chart describe many of the budget and legislative items that we— many of you included—worked on during the 90-day session.  MACS will continue to update you as more information about paid family and medical leave becomes available—specifically what the overall rate of contribution will be as well as the employer- employee split.

New Actions to Address the Needs of People with Disabilities & Older Adults in Response to & Recovery from COVID-19

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 24, 2022 FACT SHEET:     Administration Announces New Actions to Address the Needs of People with Disabilities and Older Adults in Response to and Recovery from COVID-19 The Administration recognizes that the COVID-19 pandemic has had tremendous impacts on disabled individuals and has resulted in new members of the disability community. Over the past year, the Administration has collaborated and consulted with the disability community and taken several key actions to address the unique needs of individuals … Read More

Legislative Update Week of February 14, 2022

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Over 2000 bills have been introduced by members of the Maryland General Assembly—with more to come!  This week was the first of 3 bill hearings on paid family and medical leave—aka—The Time to Care Act.   This week: Paid Family & Medical Leave: Two paid family leave bills, HB 8 and HB 496, will be heard in the House Economic Matters Committee (ECM) on Tuesday, February 15th, at 1pm.  The lead sponsor on HB 496 is the chair of the ECM committee. MACS has been in discussions … Read More

*NEW* MACS LTSS Peer Network

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MACS is happy to announce a new peer network focusing on LTSS. This peer network will be different from our current peer networks in a few ways. Recognizing the need for information as soon as possible, the LTSS Peer Network will meet monthly. While we want to open registration broadly, we also want to avoid an unproductive meeting of several hundred people therefore participation will be limited to three staff per provider. The meeting topics will be shared in advance … Read More

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