Commission for Effective Community Inclusion of Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Established by Executive Order on 17 September 2013

next commission meetings

The Commission’s next scheduled meetings are to be held on:

Tuesday, April 22, 1:00pm to 3:00pm
“The Portico”, St. John Catholic Church
47 Monroe Street
Westminster, MD 21157

Tuesday, May 6, 1:00pm to 3:00pm.
Location to be determined.

Thursday, May 22, 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Police and Correctional Training Commission (PCTC)
6852 4th Street
Sykesville, MD 21784
Purpose: To discuss Draft Training Objectives

commission releases its initial report

vision statement

The goals of justice, equality, and dignity remain unfulfilled for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The mission of the Commission on Effective Inclusion of Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities is to bring to life accurate, effective and comprehensive attitudes, policies and supports that will guide first responders in their work with and care for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We hope to build on the goals of the Americans with Disabilities Act and its accomplishments by creating a more compassionate, knowledgeable and understanding society that respects the life-saving work of our public servants along-side the valuable contributions of our citizens with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We seek to reduce stigma, increase safety, and inspire relationships of acceptance and support for all Marylanders.

objectives from executive order

  1. Develop and issue recommendations about the types of policies, guidelines, or best practices that Maryland should adopt regarding law enforcement officials, paramedics, and other first responders’ response to situations involving individuals with intellectual and development disabilities;
  2. Develop and issue recommendations about the types of statewide training standards that Maryland should adopt to educate individuals in positions of authority, particularly those in public sector positions such as law enforcement officials, paramedics, and other first responders, about the best approaches for safely managing situations involving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. If appropriate, the recommendations should include the method by which the standards would be implemented;
  3. Develop a coordinated, collaborative, and comprehensive strategy for State and local officials, disability advocates, and other interested parties to ensure enhanced responses to situations involving individuals with intellectual and development disabilities;
  4. In developing the strategy in paragraph (3) above, consider all available types of assistance that would be helpful, including the expansion of Crisis Intervention Teams and Mobile Crisis Teams; and
  5. To consider other related matters as the Commission deems necessary.

upcoming event dates

The Commission would like to hear from people with disabilities, family members, disability organizations and other interested individuals. Please see the attached flyer for details. The dates are as follows:

  • January 16, 2014, Silver Spring, MD, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
  • January 28, 2014, Catonsville, MD, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
  • February 10, 2014, Talbot County, MD, 6:00pm – 8:00pm (note different start time)
  • February 22, 2104, Frederick County MD, 1pm – 3pm

listening tour protocols

Please plan to arrive at least 30 minutes before the start of each session to sign-up to present to the Commission. Sign-ups will be on a first come first serve basis. People are asked to limit their remarks to no more than 5 minutes. In preparing remarks, please be mindful that the sessions are a public forum. If possible, please provide a written copy of your remarks at the time you sign up or via email to Alisa Macht at amacht@goccp.state.md.us. If you are unable or would prefer not to speak before the Commission and the public, but would still like to communicate your thoughts and ideas, you are encouraged to submit written testimony. You may submit your written testimony via email or in-person at a session. Please include your contact information (either email or phone number) with your written remarks.

All written remarks will be made available to the public. Although your contact information will not be disclosed, your name will be a matter of public record on the transcript of the hearing and/or on your written submission.

Remarks by members of the public will begin after opening statements of Commission members or experts, if any. Commission members reserve the right to ask questions of anyone who makes a presentation. The order of speakers from the public will be determined by the first come first serve sign-ups.

Please contact Alisa Macht at amacht@goccp.state.md.us with any questions or if you need a sign-language interpreter or any other accommodations provided in order to participate in the listening tour.

staff contact

Alisa Macht
Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention
300 E. Joppa Road, Suite 1105
Baltimore, MD 21286
Direct Office: (410) 821-2829
Main Office: (410) 821-2828
Fax: (410) 321-3116
E-mail: amacht@goccp.state.md.us

Office of the Governor