Who does the agency support in Maryland?

  • We support people with developmental disabilities who may also have a mental illness (dual diagnosis)
  • Some of the individuals we support have a developmental disability and/or mental illness, and they have been involved with the court system
  • Individuals referred to us often are already well known within the developmental disabilities and mental health systems
  • We support individuals who live in the community in apartments or homes operated by residential agencies
  • We support families who would like extra supports for their family member who lives at home with them
  • We support people with developmental disabilities who are currently living in state psychiatric hospitals
  • We support people without regard to race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age, political affiliation or physical disability

What does Spectrum Support, Inc. do?

  • Provides Employment Supports
  • Offers Employment, Discovery & Customization Services
  • Assists in Transitioning youth from Public Schools into the Community
  • Provides Community Learning Services (CLS)
  • Offers Residential Support
  • Creates Community Supported Living Arrangements (CSLA)
  • Provides Individual Family Care (IFC)
  • Offers Alternative Living Units (ALU)
  • Provides Individual Support Services
  • Offers Family Support Services
  • Provides Transportation
  • Assists with Transition Services at Maryland Psychiatric Hospitals

What are the Principles in Providing These Services?

  • Staff use a non-confrontational and supportive stance when supporting people by:
  • Affording the person a chance to maintain her/his dignity and self-respect regardless of her/his behavior
  • Assisting the individual in learning from the challenges and experiences he/she may encounter
  • Staff’s attempting to anticipate potential problems before they arise and take proactive
  • intervention measures to known issues, thereby defusing the situation before it requires
  • reactive measures
  • Staff’s avoiding power struggles so that when a person has a verbal or physical encounter:
  1. Staff do not dictate or enforce rules.
  2. Staff acknowledge the situation. This imparts that staff’s role is to help the
    person come to a place whereby his/her safety and the safety of others is
  3. She/he will not be, or be perceived as being, “punished” by a staff person.
  4. The person is allowed to arrive at an acceptable solution.

Where do Maryland Referrals come from?

  • Resource Coordination and the Developmental Disabilities Administration
  • Individuals or families who desire our services make their request known to Resource Coordination.