Maine Developmental Disabilities Council

MDDC is offering grants to individuals who would like to become independent support brokers for
adults with developmental disabilities using self-directed services.

Click here to download Self DIrection Support Broker Info PDF.

Support brokers make a difference in their community by helping individuals living with developmental disabilities live their best lives.

Support brokers may

o Act as a “connector” to help participants identify people, places and ways that they can contribute to and belong to their communities.

o Provide information and assistance to help participants exercise choice and control over their community services and supports.

o Help participants identify, hire, and manage their direct care workers and complete documentation.

o Assist participants to develop spending plans and monitor their budgets.

MDDC is offering grants of up to $3000 to individuals who are eligible to become qualified to provide support brokerage. People with non-traditional backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Activity

Approximate Time Commitment

Stipend
Successfully complete online training provided by The Office of Aging and Disability Services. (approximately 40 hours, will be available in late 2023, available at no cost) 40 Hours $1000
Pursue additional training as identified by the applicant Will vary by applicant Up to
$500
Become an OADS-approved provider. Will vary by applicant $500
Once providing support brokerage, acting as a resource to promote self-direction. This may include partnering with other support brokers, providing education and mentoring. 6 months after beginning
to provide services.
Up to
$1000

A total of up to $15,000 is available. MDDC anticipates making several awards.

Applications will be accepted as long as funding is available.

If funding is available, applications received after 1/31/24 will be reviewed in the order that they are received.

 Timeline

Date of Release for RFP # 22.2.2 11/15/2023
Application Due Date for consideration in initial review 1/31/2024

 

Questions?
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Background:

The Maine Developmental Disabilities Council (MDDC) conducts advocacy, capacity building and systemic change activities through a partnership of people with disabilities, their families, and agencies. MDDC identifies and resolves barriers to community inclusion, self-determination, and independence. To that end, MDDC is seeking to increase the capacity of Maine’s developmental service system to provide support brokerage to self-directing waiver participants. Support brokerage is an integral component of successful self-direction and is not a service that is widely available in Maine. The intent of this grant is to provide funding to enable individuals in diverse communities to develop the capacity to provide support brokerage to eligible and interested individuals statewide.

To Apply

Please use the online form Individual Grant Application

Please reach out to MDDC if you need the application in another format.

Submitting the Application

Initial application must be received by 11:59 pm on January 31, 2024.


Proposal Review

Evaluation of applications is intended to fair, objective, and to ensure that grants are awarded to the best qualified applicants. MDDC may ask for additional information in reviewing
proposals. Evaluation will be based upon an assessment of the skills and abilities of the applicant to engage in the role of support broker, strength of the applicant’s approach to developing community connections, adequacy of the plan to provide support brokerage, ability to act as a resource to others and may consider geographic diversity.

Decisions regarding the grant awards will be made by representatives of MDDC. Notification will be made in writing. Contracts will be negotiated as soon as is practicable.

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Maine Developmental Disabilities Council
526 Western Avenue  Unit 2
Augusta, ME 04330

 

Mail:

139 State House Station Augusta, ME 04333

 

Phone: 207-480-1478 or toll free 833-713-2618