DRM’s Legal Programs

DRM creates an integrated and just society by advancing the legal rights of people with disabilities. Our scope of work reflects the disability community’s advocacy priorities, funding restrictions, and strategic efforts to maximize our impact within resource limits. Learn more about DRM’s advocacy programs.

Education

DRM assists students with all types of disabilities from birth – age 21 in K-12 special education matters, with an emphasis on placement in the least restrictive environment; appropriate assessments, educational and behavioral plans, services and supports; access to school curriculum and high school …

Housing

DRM provides information, advice, training and legal representation to help individuals with disabilities access and remain in public or subsidized housing, and obtain reasonable accommodations or modifications to allow them to live meaningful, integrated lives in their communities. DRM’s current focus is on Baltimore …

Mental Health

DRM monitors psychiatric facilities and advocates to prevent and address abuse, neglect, coercive practices, and barriers to discharge in adult mental health facilities and Residential Treatment Centers (RTCs) for children. DRM also advocates for systemic reforms and policies that improve services and supports …

Developmental Disabilities

DRM advises and represents individuals, and advocates for better policies for people with developmental disabilities. Individual cases prioritize leaving or avoiding institutions, eligibility for services, and serious rights violations. Policy issues address improving the quality of and access to home and community based services. …

Transportation

DRM provides information, advice, training, and limited legal assistance on matters related to eligibility and rider rights to individuals with disabilities who need access to Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) Mobility paratransit services becausethey cannot use the bus, light rail or subway system. …

Voting

DRM provides voter information, registration and advocacy to remove barriers, ensure accessibility, and promote full participation of people with disabilities in the electoral process. We provide information and resources to make the electoral process simple and accessible for all voters.    Election Day …

Medicaid

DRM’s Helping Obtain Medicaid Essential Services (HOMES) program assists recipients of Medical Assistance who are denied health care services they need to live healthy, safe lives in the community (including nursing and personal care, assistive technology, durable medical equipment, communication devices, mental health services) …

From Nursing Facilities to Community Integration

DRM assists individuals who are eligible for Medical Assistance, reside in nursing facilities, and wish to obtain the services they need to live healthy, safe, active lives in the community (including nursing and personal care, behavioral and personal supports) or those working on …

Social Security & Employment

Within our Social Security Administration (SSA) funding restrictions, DRM provides information, advice and limited representation to Social Security recipients with disabilities regarding work incentives and employment barriers, including prevention of SSA over payments, criminal record engagement and access to vocational services. DRM also …

Public Policy

DRM provides education and technical assistance in public policy matters affecting people with disabilities. DRM engages in a limited amount of policy advocacy within the legal restrictions established for nonprofit organizations. 2017 General Assembly Session 2017 Legislative Report (PDF) 2016 General Assembly Session …

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Upcoming Events

Thank you!

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Thank you to all “An Evening with the Arts attendees and honorees who joined Disability Rights Maryland for our 40th Anniversary celebration on September 27th!
The reception was an incredible opportunity to recognize our legacy of advocacy for individuals with disabilities. We are so grateful to those who took the time to commemorate this incredible milestone with our team!
THANK YOU!

Decriminalizing Disability

When police are called to respond to individuals experiencing a behavioral health crisis, the situation too often escalates and can produce tragic results. Police training will only go so far – when possible, mental health workers and peers skilled at engaging individuals in crisis and de-escalating situations must instead be deployed.
DRM is advocating for a comprehensive crisis response system as an alternative to incarceration.

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Recent News

UPDATED: Maryland Medicaid to Cover Hearing Aids & Cochlear Implants for Adults in July

*Updated June 25, 2018: Starting on July 1, Maryland Medicaid will be covering hearing aids and cochlear implants for adults, which were only provided under Medicaid to children (under 21 years old) until now. Disability Rights Maryland (DRM) has been working with …

NFB-MD Urges Increase Use of ExpressVote in 2018

On December 7, 2017 Sharon Maneki, President of the National Federation of the Blind of Maryland (NFB-MD), delivered the resolution passed by NFB-MD during their convention in November to the Maryland State Board of Elections. The resolution calls for increased usage of …

DRM Reports: Beyond Incarceration

Disability Rights Maryland has released it’s detailed report of findings related to segregation and its negative impacts, particularly for persons with disabilities. DRM’s report exposes the harm and misuse of segregation, legal violations and offers recommendations; including references to better and safer …

MD Medicaid Now Covering Adaptive Car Seats

As of September 19, 2017, Maryland Medicaid will now cover adaptive car seats when medically necessary for Medicaid enrollees. These seats can enable people who need more or different support than non-specialized, off-the-shelf car seats provide — or who have outgrown such …

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