Maryland State Government Employment and Job Seekers with Disabilities

The State of Maryland recognizes the diverse skills and abilities of individuals with disabilities and encourages them to apply for employment. This page offers information and links to resources for job seekers with disabilities, including the Special Options Eligible list and the Employed Individuals with Disabilities (EID) program (also known as the Maryland Medicaid Buy In).

What is the Special Options Eligible List?

The Special Options Eligible List (SOEL) allows for people with disabilities to be hired upon completion of a State of Maryland QUEST internship, administered through the Department of Budget and Management for the Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) Consumers. After completing the QUEST program and/or DORS training, participants may receive certification from a counselor with DORS.

How do people get approved for SOEL?

To apply for the Special Options Eligible List (SOEL), visit the State of Maryland Job Openings page, and click on the Layoffs/Reinstates/Transfers link or click here.  Once you are on the Layoffs/Reinstates/Transfers page, scroll down to Certified by Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS), select the radio button for “Certified by Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS),” and then click “DORS Application.” Follow the directions on the top of the page to select each job classification for which you are interested and may qualify. You will then complete your online application and apply for each job classification of interest. Please be sure to upload your DORS certification documentation with each application you submit. After submission, and upon review, you will be notified if you do not meet the minimum qualifications, or do not include the appropriate documentation to be DORS certified. If approved, your name will be added to eligible lists for the job classification(s).

Applicants for the SOEL must be certified by the Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS), or provide documentation accepted by DORS for certification (see below). To become certified by DORS, please contact your local DORS office, and ask about programs, including the QUEST internship program.  Office locations can be found at the DORS website. Once you receive certification from DORS, you would then apply for State classifications for which you are interested, and meet the qualifications. DORS certification would be uploaded with each online application. 

Applicants who are not clients of DORS may submit one of the following types of documentation that are accepted by DORS for SOEL certification:

  • A copy of a benefits award letter for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) based on a disability
  • Documentation that the applicant is eligible for participation in SSA’s Ticket-to-Work program
  • A letter certifying that the applicant is eligible for the federal Schedule A hiring authority (Schedule A Letter)
  • Medical documentation of a diagnosed disability from a psychologist, psychiatrist or medical doctor/physician
  • A copy of an eligibility letter from the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) or Behavioral Health Administration (BHA)
  • A copy of a letter from an out-of-state vocational rehabilitation program documenting a disability
  • A copy of a disability benefits award letter from the Veterans Administration or a letter from a Disabled Veterans Outreach Program Specialist indicating the applicant is a veteran with a disability


What is the Employed Individuals with Disabilities (EID) program?

Maryland’s EID program allows individuals with disabilities to return to work and qualify for Medicaid (Medical Assistance) coverage. Medicaid provides comprehensive health insurance if you have no other insurance, it supplements private insurance, and it eliminates out-of-pocket costs if you have Medicare, which can save you thousands of dollars a year. For more information on EID and how to apply, go to EID Program.​

What additional resources are available?

The Maryland Department of Disabilities offers fact sheets and other information designed for job seekers with disabilities, visit

The Maryland State Department of Education’s Division of Rehabilitation Services provides training and supports for eligible job seekers with disabilities. For more information and to apply, visit

Job seekers with disabilities are encouraged to also register and identify job openings at the Maryland Workforce Exchange at

Maryland One Stop Career Centers provide a full range of services to help job seekers identify and apply for available jobs. For more information, visit

QUEST Internship Program for Persons
with Disabilities

  • In the winter and summer of 2016, the Department of Budget and Management's (DBM) Recruitment and Examination Division (RED), welcomed Deborah Dove from QUEST – an internship program that provides the opportunity for people with disabilities to be matched with State agencies for internships and mentoring services.
  • Deborah Dove QUEST InternDeborah applied for QUEST through her field counselor at the Division of Rehabilitation Services under the Maryland State Department of Education. While working for RED she was able to gain experience in the office environment, practice the skills she learned at WTC, Workforce and Technology Center, Office Technology Program. Deborah also learned to analyze job recruitments, assisted with virtual job fairs, assisted in the development and preparation of outreach materials, and shadowed DBM RED HR Analysts. While shadowing the analysts, Deborah learned about auditing, website maintenance and the State’s recruitment practices including, annotating applications and developing job postings. The Recruitment and Examination Division is the first QUEST internship experience for Deborah.
  • When asked what Deborah liked most about her QUEST internship experience she stated, “Seeing how State agencies operate, developing office skills in the work place, working with the staff in the Recruitment and Examination Division.”​​