Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Montgomery County Board of Developmental Disabilities Services (MCBDDS) has offered providers supports needed to maintain operations and quality services to people with developmental disabilities. These have included:
• Offering Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and cleaning supplies to all individuals and providers free of charge
• Assisting agency providers with a one-time reimbursement of up to $5,000 for PPE purchased
• Providing free daily meals to direct support professionals and individuals served
• Offering technology grants to help individuals participate in virtual services and maintain community connections
• Assisting with the cost of virtual programs for people who need home-based staff assistance
• Paying the overtime portion of direct care staff wages for Homemaker Personal Care (HPC) providers
• Offering payments to Adult Day Services providers to offset overhead costs resulting from pandemic-related closures
• Funding building modifications that allow Adult Day Services providers to serve more people within the limitations posed by COVID-19 regulations
• Paying the enhanced rate to non-medical transportation providers
• Providing all direct support professionals, including independent providers, with a $100 incentive for their commitment to safety
• Sharing critical resources and information
Many of these supports are funded through the Montgomery County Human Services Levy.
If you are a DODD-certified provider and are not taking advantage of these resources, or if you have questions about the above items, please contact MCBDDS Provider Development Manager Mitchell Snyder.