County Executive John R. Leopold Kicks Off Aging and Disability Partnership
Maryland Access Point Officially Launched to Streamline Services to Older Adults, Persons with Disabilities and Caregivers
Annapolis (May 30, 2008) - County Executive John R. Leopold announced today the official opening of the Maryland Access Point (MAP) offices within the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities (DoAD). Funded through a grant by the State Department of Aging, Anne Arundel County is proud to be one of four jurisdictions in the State of Maryland to offer a single point of entry for services and resources for adults over the age of 50, caregivers and persons with disabilities over the age of 18. Of significance is the partnership between DoAD, the Department of Health and the Department of Social Services. A ceremony at DoAD was held at 2666 Riva Road today where MAP offices are located.
"I am pleased to announce this partnership through a grant I obtained soon after taking office," said County Executive John R. Leopold. "MAP will better serve a growing population of our citizens who may face challenges in obtaining services. Exemplary customer service has always been a top priority for this Administration and MAP is yet another example of fulfilling my commitment to public service," continued Mr. Leopold.
The MAP grant was awarded in July 2007 in the amount of $51,200. In cooperation with the MAP Advisory Board, plans were launched to enhance services already being provided at various locations by entering into a formal partnership between DoAD, the Department of Health and the Department of Social Services. Highlights of MAP include a new phone system and number giving the public direct access to a variety of services and an aggressive marketing plan to reach all citizens that are eligible for these services.
"I wish to thank the State Department of Aging and the members of the MAP Advisory Board for their guidance on this project," said County Executive John R. Leopold. "Organizations such as Making Choices for Independent Living, Rodis & Jenick LLC, the Office of Minority Affairs, the Anne Arundel County Public Library System, Baltimore Washington Medical Center, Anne Arundel Medical Center, the Korean Association of Grocers and the Mental Health Association were invaluable partners with the agencies who now provide cohesive services through MAP."
For more information and to access MAP services and resources call (410) 222-4257, use Maryland Relay 711, or visit MAP on-line.