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Everyone Deserves a Place to Call Home
Maryland Inclusive Housing Corporation’s (MIH) mission is to help people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) successfully access and maintain inclusive, affordable, and accessible housing of their choice by creating opportunities, identifying resources, connecting people, and providing services.
People with IDD want to live in their own homes, and they want to have a say in who they live with and where they live. Separating housing ownership/control from residential and support services is a stated goal of the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA).
This movement of services away from provider owned and operated group homes to supported living arrangements in which the individual owns or rents his or her own home is motivated by two major forces in the IDD field of services. The philosophy of self-determination advocates for individuals and their families to have more control over their lives—and this includes housing.
The second force is the changing policy of Medicaid. Medicaid has recently published settings standards, which advocates for individuals to receive services in settings which do not isolate the individual from the larger society, although group homes are still allowed under these rules, it encourages the movement toward supported living. The second change at Medicaid is the unbundling of services, and with that unbundling comes a clarification that Medicaid does not pay for the cost of housing.
If service provider owned or rented group homes are not viable housing options for the future, what are affordable and accessible housing options for people with IDD? This is the problem that MIH proposes to solve.
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MIH partners with other agencies that offer Housing Support Services by providing training and professional networking.
MIH partners with agencies that provide all types of Residential Services, Community Support Services (CCS) and Housing Support Services (HSS).
MIH advocates for additional affordable and accessible housing for adults with developmental disabilities.
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On July 1, Daphni Steffin became the newest member of the MIH Board of Directors.
Steffin is the Chief Product Officer at iCareManager (iCM), a software vendor for providers of long-term supports. Her 16-year career in the
intellectual and developmental disability (I/DD) field started on Maryland’s Eastern Shore as a student director of Best Buddies at Salisbury University. At The Arc Baltimore, Daphni initiated an Assistive Technology program and connected more than 500 people with different kinds of assistive technology to live, work and learn more independently.
She is certified in Assistive Technology through California State University, Northridge and provides consulting on this and other topics in addition to her full-time position at iCM. She has experience in developing programs, strategic planning and assessing technology needs at micro and macro levels. She has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and was awarded the Maryland Daily Record’s Leading Women Award. She volunteers as a member of the Standing Committee at her local Arc chapter.
“Daphni is a leader in the Maryland intellectual and developmental disabilities field,” said MIH Executive Director Tim Wiens. “We are excited to bring her wealth of experience in the technology to MIH and our Board. She is an ambitious professional and excels in her role as the Chief Product Officer at iCM.”
Steffin hopes to bring her passion for helping people achieve their goals through the use of high- and low-tech technology to MIH. She is committed to empowering people to live as independently and fully as possible.
“I am thrilled to join the board of MIH. I have been involved in the evolution of the I/DD world throughout my career and am excited to be a part of the movement to help people live even more independent lives in inclusive communities,” she said. “My experience includes supporting people and organizations with technology, and I hope to bring this expertise to the table. I am grateful for this opportunity to contribute to greater outcomes for Marylanders with disabilities.”
Her hobbies include refinishing old furniture and spending quality time with her elementary school-aged son.
The White House recently released a Housing Supply Action Plan with both legislative and administrative actions to help close the housing supply gap in five years.
“Maryland Inclusive Housing supports the plan put forth by President Biden and the White House,” said MIH Executive Director Tim Wiens. “We anticipate the plan being extremely beneficial to Marylanders with intellectual and developmental disabilities as well as their families. We look forward to the plan easing the burden of housing costs is to boost the supply of quality housing for them.” To view the full White House statement, click here.