History & Funding

DRM is Maryland’s designated Protection & Advocacy (P&A) agency and a member of the National Disability Rights Network. As such, DRM is part of a nationwide network of organizations working to advance the rights of people with disabilities. Congress established the P&A System in 1975 in response to squalid conditions in institutional facilities for people with disabilities. In creating and funding the P&As, Congress granted us unique statutory authority to conduct investigations of suspected abuse and neglect of individuals with disabilities in facilities.

DRM receives federal funding from several agencies under the following grants:

Protection & Advocacy for  Developmental Disabilities (PADD), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Protection & Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Protection & Advocacy for Individual Rights (PAIR), U.S. Department of Education
Protection & Advocacy for Assistive Technology (PAAT), U.S. Department of Education
Protection & Advocacy for Traumatic Brain Injury (PATBI), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Protection & Advocacy for Voting Access (PAVA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Protection & Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security (PABSS), Social Security Administration

In addition, DRM is a proud grantee of the Maryland Legal Services Corporation (MLSC).

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In 2016, DRM was awarded a Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grant from the Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention. DRM has also been very fortunate to receive funding for our work from several private foundations.  Current and recent grants have been provided by the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Morton K. and Jane Blaustein Foundation, Open Society Institute, Zanvyl and Isabelle Krieger Fund, Fund for Change, Venable Foundation and the Baltimore Bar Foundation.

DRM’s governing Board of Directors financially supports the organization with 100% participation. DRM also relies on – and is grateful to receive – charitable contributions from individual donors like you to make possible our advocacy for individuals with disabilities who are unable to afford the legal assistance they need. Please consider making a donation to DRM today to keep our advocacy strong, and remember us in your estate planning as well. We accept financial contributions online – please see our home page. DRM also participates in the Combined Federal Campaign. (CFC: 76352 / MCC: 5178)

Thank you for your support!

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