Helpful Resources

Bello Machre understands the challenges of caring for a child or adult with developmental disabilities. We want you to know we are here to help. We share our mission of helping people with developmental disabilities with many community partners and advocacy groups. Below are some helpful resources that might guide you through this difficult and challenging process.

The money we’ve received through Bello Machre’s Ray of Hope Program has been invaluable as we, like most families, are trying to make ends meet. When so many things – therapies, supplements, equipment – are not covered by insurance, these funds help to bridge the gap for us, and we’re very grateful.” — Bob & Lori Skalitzky, son receives Support Services

For additional information about services offered to individuals through the State of Maryland contact the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council. This is a public policy organization that advocates for the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in all facets of community life. The Council believes that all people with developmental disabilities should receive the support they need to maximize independence, be productive, and lead the lives they choose in the community. Click here to visit the website.

Founded in 2008, Optimal Health Care, Inc. is a Health Services company made of a multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals, working together to provide high-quality healthcare services.  We provide compassionate services to the acutely and chronically ill. Our program stresses Personalized Care, which tailors to the client’s needs. Phone: 301-790-4962, ext.500 Click here to visit the website.

MMARS RC is an authorized provider of Resource and Support Coordination services as a part of Maryland’s DDA programs. Coordination is offered whether you are on the waiting list or receiving ongoing community services and in a DDA Waiver program.  Phone: 443-573-3375 Click here to visit the website.

Service Coordination, Inc. is a private, nonprofit organization serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout Maryland. Service Coordination provides support to adults and children by connecting them with needed resources and services in their communities. Click here to visit the website.

The Maryland Association of Community Services (MACS) for Persons with Developmental Disabilities, Inc. is a private non-profit professional association. Its membership is comprised of over 100 agencies that support people with developmental disabilities and their families in communities across Maryland. Click here to visit the website.

The ETWN Campaign is a targeted effort by the Developmental Disabilities Coalition and people with developmental disabilities and their families to reduce, and eventually eliminate, the Developmental Disabilities Waiting List for community supports and services. Click here to visit the website.

The Parents’ Place of Maryland is a statewide non-profit, family-centered parent training and information center. Their sole purpose is to enhance the lives of persons with disabilities. They serve parents of children with disabilities throughout Maryland, regardless of the nature of the child’s disability or the age of their child. They help parents access appropriate services for their children with disabilities both in school and within their communities. They also conduct regular parent education courses and workshops, while helping children and parents understand their rights, both educational and healthcare related. Click here to view the website.

2-1-1 Maryland has information on numerous programs and services designed to provide varying types of assistance to seniors, those with a disability, and their loved ones. 2-1-1 Maryland is a statewide resource always available by telephone and internet. It is used to connect citizens to health and human resources at any time. It is also a resource for government officials to make information available to Marylanders in the event of natural disasters or man-made incidents. In addition, it is a way for Marylanders to connect with opportunities to offer help to others. Click here to view the website.

The Cerebral Palsy Group is a nation-wide organization that serves individuals and families who have been diagnosed with cerebral palsy (CP). This organization provides information and support for people affected by CP. By compiling information about CP from a variety of medical literature and websites, they hope to educate parents and caregivers about the best ways to support people diagnosed with CP.  Click here to view the website.

The Patient Advocate Foundation is a national non-profit organization that serves as a liaison between patients and insurers, employers, and/or creditors to resolve insurance, job retention, and/or debt crisis matters relative to their diagnosis through case managers and attorneys. Click here to check out their Guide to the Disability Process

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