Residential services are available to persons with developmental disabilities via a referral service in conjunction with the Dorchester County Health Department's Office of Developmental Disabilities. Based on this referral process, a plan is developed to secure appropriate funding and decide on the level of care needed to meet the individual’s/service plan.
Services range from drop-in supervision to 24-hour supervision. Individuals may live in single dwellings or in homes having three to five bedrooms. Staff members receive special training to work in these settings. Each individual is assigned a coordinator who monitors their care and supervision, and makes certain their outcomes and goals are addressed.
Call Mary Thorpe at 410-221-1900, ext. 137
The Vocational Program is a multi-faceted approach that offers many opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities. Several avenues of training and work are available based on the McCarron Dial Basic Vocational Evaluations, and the goals and desires of the individual.
Call Randy Potter at 410-221-1900, ext. 120
NEW! Horticultural Training Center coming soon!
For more information about integrated employment in the community for individuals with developmental disabilities contact:
Nick Grande 410-221-6265 (ph)
Respite Care Services
Respite is a program that helps caregivers get a break from the care they provide a loved one. This allows caregivers to be able to continue to do what they do, caring for a loved one. They can use the respite hours for vacation, appointments they have, shopping, etc. Caregivers are reimbursed. There are five respite care programs administered by Delmarva Community Services. All programs require an application. Please contact the respite office to see if you or your loved one qualifies for one of our programs.
There are two programs for individuals with developmental disabilities. One grant is through the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration and one grant is through the Maryland Department of Human Resources (DHR). These programs serve individuals who were disabled prior to the age of 22. These disabilities are lifelong.
Nine counties of the Eastern shore are served in these programs including: Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico and Worcester. There is currently a waiting list for these programs. The fiscal year runs July 1-June 30.
Individuals with functional disabilities are served in a grant through DHR. Caregivers are able to receive up to 100 hours of respite per fiscal year. There is a sliding fee scale based on income. Seven counties are served on the Eastern Shore: Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, and Talbot.