Maryland PROMISE Project

Maryland PROMISE – Maryland is one of six sites participating in a US Department of Education's demonstration project designed to improve the education and employment outcomes of youth receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and their families. MD PROMISE will provide enhanced services and supports to youth and their families that meet their individual school and work goals, ultimately allowing them to become better off financially and achieve brighter futures.


MD PROMISE can help a student find a job that matches their interest and skills, complete high school and receive a diploma, connect with support services to help them become more independent, get information to help them enroll in postsecondary education and training, and learn how work can increase their income.

Impact on Students with Disabilities –

MD PROMISE will provide case management, benefits counseling, career and work based learning experiences, and family training. The goal of the initiative is to prepare students for a postsecondary goal of employment. At the conclusion of the five year grant, the partner agencies will have increased capacity to create new pathways to the workforce for populations that have traditionally faced barriers to employment.

For more information, visit the Maryland PROMISE website at


Seamless Transition Services (formerly known as MSTC – Maryland Seamless Transition Collaborative)

This collaborative transition initiative aims to address a model of transition services that is designed to improve postsecondary and employment outcomes of participating students with disabilities through a sequential delivery of specific transition service components. Key elements of the model include:  Discovery Process, Student-led IEP's, School and Academic Preparation, Work-based Experiences, Paid Employment, Family Supports, Connecting Activities & System Linkages, Social & Health Linkages, and Benefits Management.

The major goal of Seamless Transition Services is to skillfully promote and assimilate students' individual talents, desires and abilities with the needs of specific local workforce leaders and businesses where; students transition from a regimented school environment to independent, self-confident, productive members of their communities. And, employers gain qualified reliable employees for crucial positions while raising leadership visibility in the business community, as well as, contributing to the success of the local economy.

The outcome for the Seamless Transition Services model yields a "win, win situation" for students, families, employers and the community. It is based on an intrinsic foundation for an adult life continuum of education, employment, social activity, and community living.  As students with disabilities exit Carroll County Public School system they acquire skills that allow then to pursue opportunities, employ support resources and attain economic self-sufficiency.


CITY – Career Independence for Transitioning Youth

Desired Outcome – Students with disabilities exit Carroll County Public Schools with skills that will allow them to pursue employment opportunities, experience lifelong learning challenges, and participate in community activities that parallel their goals, dreams and interest from a socially responsible and pragmatic standpoint.

Transition Outcome – This collaborative transition initiative is developed around a model, where the outcome is based on a foundation for adult life to be built, acquiring positive life skills for employment (or job readiness skills) and participating in a variety of work-based experiences such a job sampling and job shadowing.

Major Goal – Create opportunities for high school students with disabilities to meet their individual desires, become integrated and involved in their post-school community, and achieve a socially acceptable and responsible adult lifestyle that empower them to achieve a sense of personal satisfaction while contributing as a productive member of society in the communities in which they live.

Model Plan – Key elements of the model include:  Self-Determination, Pre-employment Exploration, and Work-based experiences.


Resources for the Community

DORS Pre employment Transition Services-Students Grades 9th-12th grade and their families-/instruction/specialeducation/postsecondary/Documents/DORS Carroll County Fall 2018 (1).pdf

MD Agency Linkage-What is it? Definitions of Services-/instruction/specialeducation/postsecondary/Documents/MD Agency Linkages.pdf

Supporting Family Resources-/instruction/specialeducation/postsecondary/Documents/Supporting Families Resources-Transition.pdf

Maryland Medicaid/Home and Community-Based/Long Term Care Services-2018-/instruction/specialeducation/postsecondary/Documents/MA Waivers_LTSS Blue Book 2018.pdf

Respite camp available for families of children with disabilities.  Some possiblities for the respite are:  an after school activity or camp or program, a weekend camps or weekend overnight camps.  Please see attached flyer and Application for contact information.  **Disregard the dates on the flyer for the original camp.  The flyer is accurate and information is to for the current time of year. 

Flyer for respite- /instruction/specialeducation/community/partners/Documents/Additional Respite Funds Flyer October 2018.doc   Application- /instruction/specialeducation/community/partners/Documents/Respite Camp Application-Checklist 2018 FINAL.pdf

Transition PowerPoint from October 17 Family Support Network Night-/instruction/specialeducation/postsecondary/Documents/Transition for Parents.pptx

Upcoming Events

Starting November 7th-Interested in Sign classes for your child?  See attached flyer for all of the dates and times.  /instruction/specialeducation/infants/Documents/Fall Sign Language

November 12th-At Carroll Springs School, 6:00-7:30-Fall Fest-see attached flyer for more information-/instruction/specialeducation/community/partners/Documents/Family Support Network Flyer for November 12.doc

December 4th-5:30-7:30-Winters Mill High School is holding a informational session for parents on Transition.  Participating Providers will be available to talk with you about their services. See attached flyer for more information on this very important night.  RSVP to Penny Lynch @ or call 410-386-1500.    /instruction/specialeducation/community/partners/Documents/Winters Mill High School-Parental Information Session.doc

Save the Dates

Save the dates for the 2018-2019 school year for the following Family Support Network Nights.  These are typically held from 6:00-7:30 at Carroll Springs Elementary, dinner and childcare will be provided for most nights (please check back to this site and look for emails as the presentation night approaches).   For more information on the topics please email Tammy Chisholm at

November 12th-Fall Fest-currently advertised, RSVP to

December 3-Sensory Santa

February 11-IEP Topics

March 11-Communication needs

April 3-Behavior/Sensory topic

May 20-End of Year Picnic

*Please continue to check back on this site and look for emails about each night's presentation.  Topics are subject to change depending on availability of presenters.  As the winter season approaches please also be aware that the cancellation/early dismissal policy for schools will effect cancellation of that night's presentation.