The Waiting List

The Division of Rehabilitation Services does not have sufficient resources, both funding and staff, to provide services to all individuals determined to be eligible for vocational rehabilitation services. While we are able to serve individuals in Category 1 (most significant disabilities) immediately, individuals with significant disabilities (Category 2) face an extended period of time on the waiting list – see below.  
 
Currently, we have more than 2,600 people on our waiting list and many can expect to be on the waiting list for as long as 36 months.
 

How DORS decides who gets services first

Federal law requires that DORS must serve people with the most significant disabilities first. To comply with this law, DORS counselors determine the severity of the disability of individuals who are eligible for services, as follows:
  • Category 1: Most Significant Disability
  • Category 2: Significant Disability
  • Category 3: Non-Severe Disability
 
If you are eligible for services and have a “most significant disability” (Category 1): You can begin your rehabilitation program without delay.
 
If you are eligible for services and have a “significant disability” (Category 2): You will be placed on a waiting list. DORS staff are unable to predict exactly how long you will be on the waiting list when assigned to this Category. Currently, we have individuals in this Category who applied for services in 2014 and continue to wait for services.
 
DORS does not expect to provide services to eligible individuals with “non-severe disabilities" (Category 3) in the foreseeable future.
 
We will continue to work with community, state and federal partners to explore all possible ways to increase funding and reduce the waiting list.
 

Availability of Services 

PRIOR to applying for vocational rehabilitation services, students with disabilities between ages 14 and 21, may receive pre-employment transition services while they are enrolled in high school or post-secondary education, and may participate in these services.
 
All other youth and adults who are interested in DORS vocational rehabilitation services, should apply so that we can determine if you meet the eligibility requirements.  We will then also determine if you have a “most significant,” “significant” or “non-severe” disability.
 
If DORS finds that you are eligible for services and have a "most significant" disability, your DORS counselor will work with you to develop your Individualized Plan for Employment and begin services.
 
If you are eligible for services and have a “significant” disability, DORS will put your name on the waiting list and notify you when you can begin to develop your Individualized Plan for Employment and receive services. Your DORS counselor will discuss some limited services such as guidance, counseling and some assessments which DORS may provide while you are on the waiting list.
If the severity of your disability changes, or if you have additional information regarding your disability, please discuss this with your counselor.
 

Other Workforce Resources

While DORS cannot assist you at this time, an American Job Center (a.k.a. One-Stop) and/or community college may have programs and services that could help you become employed.
 
To learn more about how American Job Centers may assist you, visit www.dllr.state.md.us/county/
 
Ticket to Work recipients (or Social Security Disability beneficiaries) can also receive services to assist in returning to work from private entities known as Employment Networks (ENs).
 
The following Employment Networks work closely with DORS:
  
  
  
  
  
  
ENBest Buddies Maryland
RegionEntire State
CoordinatorKarla Schroeder, Program Supervisor, Jobs
Phone410-327-9812
EmailKarlaSchroeder@bestbuddies.org
Websitewww.bestbuddiesmaryland.org
 
ENCoppin State University
RegionBaltimore City/Central Maryland
CoordinatorDr. Janet Spry, Coordinator, Rehabilitation Counseling
Phone410-951-3574; 800-635-3674
Emailjspry@coppin.edu
Websitewww.coppin.edu
 
ENDidlake, Inc.
RegionMontgomery County
CoordinatorEmployment Services
Phone703-361-4195x1418
Email
Websitewww.didlake.org/
 
ENEastern Shore Business Leadership Network
RegionEastern Shore
CoordinatorJackie Gast, Director
Phone410-749-0144
Emailjackie@esbln.org
Websitewww.esbln.org
 
ENFreedom Center
RegionFrederick & Carroll Counties
CoordinatorNadine Autry
Phone301-846-7811
Emailnadineautry@thefreedomcenter-md.org
Websitethefreedomcenter-md.org/
 
ENFull Circle Employment Solutions, LLC
RegionEntire State
CoordinatorAmy Wallish, Executive Director
Phone240-478-8436
Emailamy.wallish@fullcircledc.com
Websitewww.fullcircledc.com
 
ENIndependence Now
RegionMontgomery & Prince George's Counties
CoordinatorDenise Sosbe
Phone240-898-2183
Emaildsosbe@innow.org
Websitewww.innow.org
 
ENThe League for People with Disabilities
RegionCentral Maryland
CoordinatorChad McCruden
Phone410-323-0800x313
Emailcmccruden@LeagueforPeople.org
Websitewww.LeagueforPeople.org
 
ENMaryland Employment Network
RegionEntire State
CoordinatorStacy Seymore, Program Director
Phone855-384-2844
Emailstacy.seymore2@maryland.gov
Website
 
ENPride Industries
RegionPride Industries consumers only
CoordinatorMichelle McKnight, Ticket to Work Administrator
Phone877-860-3011
Email
Websitewww.prideindustries.com
 
ENService Source
RegionMontgomery & Prince George's Counties
CoordinatorMelissa Affrunti, Rehabilitation Division Manager
Phone703-970-3686
EmailMelissa.Affrunti@servicesource.org
Websitewww.servicesource.org
 

Additional Employment Network options may be found at: www.chooseworkttw.net/findhelp/