Community Living


Community Living Programs

Community First Choice Self-Direction (CFC SD) Training Program

Through a collaborative agreement with the MD Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the Department of Disabilities administers a training program for Community First Choice (CFC) participants who are interested in or want more information about self-directing their personal assistance services. The CFC SD Training Program offers individual and small group training options in the participant's home or at an accessible location in the community. Trainings are dynamic and interactive and cover topics such as how to recruit, interview, hire, supervise and dismiss personal assistance providers as well as providing additional information on being an effective employer, emergency preparedness and creating a back-up plan. Participants are referred to the CFC SD Training Program through their Supports Planner. For more information on the program, contact Nathan Bradley, Program Manager at 410-767-3713 or  

Centers for Independent Living Technical Assistance (CIL-TA) Project​

The Department of Disabilities has partnered with the MD Department of Aging to coordinate and oversee a technical assistance project to benefit MD's seven Centers for Independent Living (CILs). The grant was awarded to the Department of Aging by the Administration for Community Living for the purpose of enhancing the state's Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs), one-stop shops where older adults and people with disabilities can find information on and access long term services and supports within their communities. The CILs are the ADRC's designated disability partners and work alongside the state's 20 Area Agencies on Aging. The CIL-TA Project consultant, the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities at Kennedy Krieger Institute, is working with the CILs to provide technical assistance and training on enhancing operational infrastructure and program sustainability. ​

Money Follows the Person (MFP) Peer Outreach and Support Program

The MFP Peer Outreach and Support Program is an activity administered by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The Department of Disabilities is working collaboratively with the DHMH to oversee peer outreach and support efforts to individuals residing in nursing facilities who want more information about living in the community. The peers are individuals with disabilities who have personal experience with the transition process or are currently receiving community supports. They visit nursing facilities regularly, get to know residents by participating in group activities and educate them about their options for long term services and supports. For more information, contact Nathan Bradley at 410-767-3713 or