Family Caregiver Supports provided by Departments
Maryland Department of Aging
National Family Caregiver Support Program – provides information about available services, assistance with locating resources, financial assistance for respite care, education, and supplemental services.
Maryland Access Point (MAP) – a “gateway” for older adults and individuals with disabilities. It is a statewide resource for information and assistance about long-term services and supports to allow individuals to remain at home and plan for future needs. State partners include the Maryland Departments of Aging, Disabilities, and Health and Mental Hygiene, as well as the regional Centers for Independent Living. MAP is part of the national Aging and Disability Resource Center initiative that provides a visible and trusted place to access information and assistance.
Maryland Department of Disabilities
Attendant Care Program – provides financial assistance for services such as personal care, chore services, and transportation to adults age 18 to 64 with severe chronic or severe physical disabilities.
Maryland Technology Assistance Program – helps families access assistive technologies such as wheelchairs, low vision aids, adapted telephones, ramps and other home modifications.
Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Developmental Disabilities Administration
Low Intensity Support Services – grants to assist adults with developmental disabilities and families with a child with developmental disabilities in purchasing services and/or items to address needs.
Prevention and Health Promotion Administration
Office for Genetics and People with Special Health Care Needs
Grants to Local Health Departments – these grants support programs to meet the needs of CYSHCN and their families such as case management, respite care, transition to adulthood and specialty clinics.
Maryland Department of Human Resources
Social Services Administration
Kinship Navigator Services – people assuming the care of a relative’s child are eligible to apply for certain benefits on behalf of the child (ren) in their care such as food stamps and medical assistance.
Office of Adult Services
Respite Care Program – provides a break to family caregivers, caring for an adult or child with a disability or chronic health need.