FY 2023 Advocacy Services Plan Survey

Disability Rights Maryland (DRM) wants your opinion!
Disability Rights Maryland (DRM) receives federal money to provide legal services to Marylanders with disabilities.  We would like your help to decide which issues we should focus on for the next year.
Selecting Our Priorities
Disability Rights Maryland, like many nonprofit and legal service organizations, has a big job to do with limited funds and staff positions. To be successful and achieve our mission, we must use every dollar and employee in the most effective way we can. We do not have the resources necessary to address all of the many issues people with disabilities face. We work with the disability community to identify the legal problems that are the most pressing, widespread or that no one else is equipped to address.
Every year, DRM goes through a public process to decide which priorities will direct our work. We start by asking people in the disability community about what is important to them. We get as much feedback from as many people and groups in Maryland as we can through paper and electronic surveys, focus groups, and listening sessions. And every year, our staff and Board review our priorities to make sure we are addressing what people need.
In setting priorities, the Board considers the biggest problems identified by the disability community along with the activities that are most related to our mission. Federal law and our other funders’ requirements play a role in our priorities, too. We are required to serve a wide range of disability populations and offer many types of services. Our priorities come from many hours of serious thinking and hard work to find ways to offer the best services possible to the most people with disabilities we can—with the funding and staff we have.
Here are our current Advocacy Service Priorities:  https://disabilityrightsmd.org/wp-content/uploads/2022-DRI-Advocacy-Service-Plan.pdf.
DRM’s Work Outside the Advocacy Service Plan
Monitoring and Investigations
As the Protection & Advocacy organization for Maryland, DRM is federally mandated and empowered to conduct monitoring and investigations in facilities where people with disabilities live and receive services. We work to keep them free from abuse and neglect. This has been and always will be a critical part of DRM’s efforts. Within our resources and priorities, we will:
·       Monitor various types of facilities to identify, prevent and remedy instances of abuse and neglect against people with disabilities, and keep them safe;
·       Ensure legal compliance, safe conditions, and appropriate services;
·       Identify individuals who could live in the community with supports;
·       Investigate deaths and allegations of abuse or neglect in facilities;
·       Advocate for systemic reforms.
 
Call us at 410-727-6352 ext. 0 if you would like to give your answers by phone, or fax to 410-727-6389.
Or return by email: Feedback@DisabilityRightsMD.org 
Or send by mail to:  DRM, 1500 Union Ave., Suite 2000, Baltimore MD 21211

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* 1. I am (check all that apply)

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* 2. In which county do you live?

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* 3. OPTIONAL: If you are a person with a disability or a family member of a person with a disability, what is your:

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* 4. OPTIONAL:  If you would like to receive more information about DRM, please give us your contact information.

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* 5. Please provide feedback about contacting us.

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Have you requested legal help from us in the last year?
Is our website easy to use?
Is our website accessible?
Is the office easy to access?
Are our staff knowledgeable?
Is our intake process convenient?

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* 6. Where is DRM's help most needed for people with disabilities to have access to their communities?
Check the boxes where you believe our help is MOST NEEDED (as many boxes as you like).

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* 7. Where is DRM's help most needed for people with disabilities regarding health care?
Check the boxes where you believe our help is MOST NEEDED (as many boxes as you like).

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* 8. Where is DRM's help most needed for people with developmental disabilities
Check the boxes where you believe our help is MOST NEEDED (as many boxes as you like).

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* 9. Where is DRM’s help needed most regarding voting rights for people with disabilities?
Check the boxes where you believe our help is MOST NEEDED (as many boxes as you like).

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* 10. Where is DRM’s help needed most for people with mental health issues?
Check the boxes where you believe our help is MOST NEEDED (as many boxes as you like).

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* 11. Where is DRM’s help needed most for people with traumatic brain injury (TBI)?
Check the boxes where you believe our help is MOST NEEDED (as many boxes as you like).

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* 12. Where is DRM’s help needed most regarding special education issues for children?
Check the boxes where you believe our help is MOST NEEDED (as many boxes as you like).

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* 13. Where is DRM’s help needed most so people with disabilities have the financial resources to live independently?
Check the boxes where you believe our help is MOST NEEDED (as many boxes as you like).

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* 14. Where is DRM’s help needed most to ensure human rights in institutions (such as nursing facilities, state residential centers, psychiatric hospitals, and jails)?
Check the boxes where you believe our help is MOST NEEDED (as many boxes as you like).

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* 15. What are the three most important issues for DRM to work on next year?

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* 16. Do you have any other comments about our work? 

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