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Call for Public Comments: DRDC’s Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) Program

Tuesday, May 18 - Thursday, May 20, 2021

From May 18, 2021 to May 20, 2021, representatives from the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) will visit Disability Rights DC (DRDC) at University Legal Services, the Protection and Advocacy Program for People with Disabilities in the District of Columbia. SAMHSA/CMHS will review DRDC’s Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) Program.

SAMHSA/CMHS invites you to send your comments about the PAIMI Program’s services and activities conducted by Disability Rights DC. Please send your comments to SAMHSA/CMHS by email to PAIMI@samhsa.hhs.gov or mail to: PAIMI Program Coordinator, SAMHSA/CMHS, 5600 Fishers Lane, Suite 14E25D, Rockville, Maryland 20857.

NAMI's Ask the Expert Series: Help Not Handcuffs, Part 4

Thursday, May 20, 2021 from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

We invite you to register for part four in NAMI’s special Ask the Expert Help Not Handcuffs series focused on addressing mental health crises with comprehensive community responses.

This webinar will provide an overview of the crisis model being developed/implemented in Louisiana and will offer background on how to begin local implementation of a new crisis system.

Place: Online via Webex

Link to webinar series details, registration and content: https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-s-Ask-the-Expert/2021/NAMI-Ask-the-Expert-Help-Not-Handcuffs

Call for Applications: DC Central Kitchen's Culinary Job Training Program

Friday, June 11, 2021

Join DC Central Kitchen for a culinary training program to prepare for a full-time career in the culinary industry.


Culinary Job Training Program Eligibility Criteria

The applicant must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Be available to be in class from 8:00 am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday. NO EXCEPTIONS
  • Be curious, ready to learn, and able to complete all homework assignments.
  • Be interested and eligible to work full-time in a food service career. If there is any reason that would prohibit you from working FULL-TIME, you will not be eligible.
  • Must provide police clearance verifying there are no outstanding arrest warrants or pending criminal cases.
  • Must live in a stable housing environment.
  • Have 120 days drug free before the first day of class and be willing to undergo random drug screenings throughout the training.
  • Be either unemployed or underemployed.
  • Must provide TB results/X-ray results prior to the start of class.
  • Must be compliant with all medical and/or mental health advice and medications.
  • Have the basic English skills needed to benefit from the program.
  • Be able to see well enough to read at 2.5 feet with reasonable accommodations.
  • Be able to stand for a minimum of 8 hours with two 15 minute breaks and be able to lift 50 pounds with reasonable accommodations.
  • Be able to hear in a noisy environment with background noise from a distance of 20 feet with reasonable accommodations.


Visit https://dccentralkitchen.org/cjtapplicants or admissions@dccentralkitchen.org.

Please submit the following documents with your application

1. DC Central Kitchen Application
2. Agency Referral (provided by DCCK). Must be filled out by case manager, advocate or CSO.
3. Recent (within the last year) TB/PPD Test Results or Chest X-Ray results.
4. A copy of your police clearance from your local police jurisdiction that details prior convictions. This document is required for the purpose of employment placement.
5. A copy of a valid identification card (e.g., ID, Driver’s License, Passport).
6. A copy of your social security card or verification of social security card. (If you are not a US citizen, please provide proof of work eligibility.)





(301) 500-4109


Call for Applications: BroadFutures' Virtual Summer 2021 Strengths Program

Monday, June 21 - Friday, July 23, 2021 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

BroadFutures serves young people:
Who identify as having a learning or attention issue
Who have a high school diploma or beyond (college or community college)

Are you a neurodiverse learner? Do you want to work on your college and career readiness skills? Our virtual Summer Strengths Program is for you.

All curriculum is delivered in an interactive and innovative format that implements strategies for neurodiverse learners with the integration of arts, collaborative projects, and the inclusion of mindfulness and yoga techniques.

Participants complete the program with the tools, strategies and communication skills to navigate remote learning and the virtual workspace.

Participants also learn how to search for jobs, network and interview.

Participants leave the program with a resume, cover letter and LinkedIn profile.

Most importantly, participants learn how to effectively disclose their disability or learning style and ask for the supports needed to be successful in school and the workplace.

5 weeks:
June 21st - July 23rd
Monday - Thursday
10:00 am - 1:00 pm (ET)

$ 2,900
Scholarships are available based on need.

How to Sign Up:
If interested, please fill out this form.

Visit https://broadfutures.org/2021/03/31/summer-2021-strengths-program/.
Call (202) 521-4312.
Email info@broadfutures.org.

Call for Applications: Georgetown Univesity Certificate in Early Intervention

Thursday, July 15, 2021

The Certificate in Early Intervention prepares you to develop a system of services and support for infants, toddlers, and young children with disabilities or delays in development. You’ll benefit from advanced training in comprehensive, evidence-based early intervention practices, including a “system of care” approach to the delivery of services.

In the classroom, you’ll engage with subject matter experts and instructors from Georgetown University’s Center for Child and Human Development, a designated University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD). You’ll leave the program with the values, skills, and knowledge needed to intervene effectively and support young children in a culturally competent, family-centric partnership.

Please note: All classes will be taught in a Flex Learning environment for the Fall—using live Zoom video conferencing—to mirror a more traditional classroom with regular interaction, engaging activities, and the dynamic exploration of topics and concepts.

Click here to apply or request information.

World of Possibilities Disabilities Expo

Saturday, October 23, 2021 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

The World of Possibilities Disabilities Expos are increasing in popularity and are now the region's most important forum for disability-related resources. Everyone within the disabilities community, children with disabilities and their families, caregivers/service providers, veterans, baby boomers should all be there!

Don't miss an incredible educational experience, great networking opportunities, entertainment, resource shopping, and FUN!

Click here for event details.

Click here for an exhibitor application.

Click here for free attendee passes.

Questions? Contact Mona Freedman, RN, CNLCP at mona@caringcommunities.org or 410-549-5707.

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