Transitioning Youth


Phone(410) 543-6790

Fax: (410) 341-7950

Hours: Monday - Friday: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Closed: 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM for lunch

LocationE.S. Adkins Building, 801 North Salisbury Blvd, Suite 102, Salisbury, MD. 21801

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The Governor's Transition Youth Initiative.The Governor’s Transitioning Youth Initiative

The Governor’s Transitioning Youth Initiative (GTYI) was designed in 1989 to demonstrate that people with the most severe   disabilities can work and contribute to Maryland’s future after leaving school. Through the Initiative, the DDA has been able to fund supported employment and other day services for eligible students exiting school, many of whom are successfully employed in their communities today. Under the GTYI, a student qualifies for services if he/she is eligible as a person with a “Developmental Disability”

In addition to this requirement, in order to be eligible to receive GTYI funding, the individual is eligible from their 21st birthday to their 22nd birthday. If the date of graduation (exit) is after the individuals 21st birthday, the individual shall continue to be eligible for 1 year after the date of “graduation” (exit).  For more information log onto:

Wicomico County Transitioning Youth Timeline For Services

Age 14

An application for Developmental Disability services can be obtained at The Eastern Shore Regional Office or call 410-572-5920.

Age 18

Apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid Health Insurance (MA) by calling 1-800-772-1213.

Prior to Final School Year

Update DDA application to request Day or Supported Employment services, by contacting your Coordinator.

Include Wicomico County Health Department Coordinator of Community Services with approved Release of Information for attending the IEP.

The Governor's Transition Youth Initiative.Fall and Winter of Final School Year

Work closely with your WiCHD Coordinator at the Wicomico County Health Department Coordination of Community Services at 410-543-6790.

The individual, family,  coordinator and other significant people in the individual’s life will develop a Person Centered Plan (PCP). The PCP is a detailed description of the individual which includes his/her likes, dislikes, strengths, weakness, desires, issues, medical concerns, dreams and goals, barriers to obtaining those goals and proposed service solutions.

Spring of Graduation

Student and family should visit and interview DDA provider agencies and select one for services. Starting July 1st the Resource Coordinator will request a service funding plan and once written this plan describes the services requested and their anticipated cost.

  1. Bay Shore Services. Phone: (410) 341-0307. Address: 1409 C Wesley Dr. Salisbury, MD 21801 
  2. Dove Pointe. Phone: (410) 341-4472. Address: 1225 Mt. Hermon Road Salisbury, MD 21801
  3. United Needs and Abilities. Phone: (410) 543-0665. Address: 688 E. Main St Salisbury, MD 21801
  4. Lower Shore Enterprise. Phone: (410) 749-6183. Address: 28475 Owens Branch Road Salisbury, MD 21801
  5. Somerset Community Services. Phone: (410) 623-2261. Address: 5574 Tull’s Corner Rd. Marion Station, MD 21838

The Governor's Transition Youth Initiative.Late May or June of Final School Year

Once the service funding plan is approved, the student/family will receive a call from the Resource Coordinator or Provider Agency informing them of the start date for services.

Coordination of Community Services Development Disabilities Program

About our program Coordination of Community Services provides information/referral and case management services for children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families. This program: Assists families in locating and arranging diagnostic evaluations, treatment, day programs, residential support and individuals/family support services. Provides, for individuals in service, assistance in implementing individual choice addressing individual satisfaction…

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Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program (PRP)

The Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program (PRP) provides services to individuals with a mental illness that require rehabilitative and/or restorative services to enable them to become or remain successful in the community. Home and Community Visits Individual Rehabilitation Planning Case Management Health Promotion On-Site Services Educational, Social and Support Groups 24 Hour On Call Availability FOR REFERRALS CONTACT PRP…

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Provider Agencies and Websites

Links: Abilities Network – Project Act Arc of Maryland Autism Society of America Bay Shore Services Caregivers Marketplace CHADD (Children, Adolescents and Adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) Children’s Choice Coordinating Center DDA DILA  (Deaf and Independent Living Association) Disability is Natural DORS…

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