The DDA Connection


The DDA wants to know “How do you do you?” We want to hear your story about how DDA supports and services have helped you become more independent, access technology, get a job, meet new friends, etc. Sharing your experience may help others who are just beginning this journey and want to know what's possible!

Your story is worth telling! Click below if you are interested in participating in this project!


Federal Program Updates

DDA Waiver Renewals 

To support people and teams with person-centered planning efforts for services beginning July 1, 2023, the DDA has posted the following resources on our website:

Waiver Renewals 2023 Services Update Summary Chart

The DDA has created a Waiver Renewals 2023 Services Update Summary Chart with input from the DD Coalition and Self-Directed Advocacy Network of Maryland. The chart provides information related to some of the upcoming service changes that will become effective on July 1, 2023. The DDA has also updated applicable policies reflecting these changes.  

DDA Waiver Renewals Webpage Updates links noted below:

Approved Waivers:

Track Change Documents

Next steps:

  • DDA Renewal Webinar on May 19, 2023 from noon to 1:30 p.m. 

Self-Directed Services Updates Webinar

The DDA will be conducting a webinar on May 22, 2023 from noon to 1:30 p.m. During the webinar, the DDA will share self-directed service updates including, but not limited to:

  • Waiver renewal service updates/changes.
  • Self-directed individuals’ budget sheet and budget modification form.
  • Reasonable and customary wages and rates.


MDH Medicaid Check-In 

Providers can find out when a participant is due for redetermination by checking the Eligibility Verification System (EVS). Please call 1-866-710-1447 or visit

For myMDThink account assistance:

System issues: Gina Roberts at

DDA Policy Updates 

The DDA is seeking public input on the following proposed policies posted to the DDA’s Policy Stakeholder Input webpage: 

You can access the proposed policies here: DDA Policy Stakeholder Input Dedicated Webpage. 

Public comments will be accepted beginning May 5, 2023 through May 19, 2023.

Please submit comments electronically to or mail them to the DDA Federal Program Unit at 201 West Preston Street, 4th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21201. Please include in the subject line of your email, “Input on Policy,” and include the name of the policy you are commenting on. (For example, “Input on Remote Support Services Policy.”)

If you have questions or need any accommodations, please reach out to the DDA Federal Programs Policy Lead, Danielle Coles at

Program Updates

DDA Rent Subsidy Program Webinar

Together, the DDA, the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), and the Maryland Department of Disabilities (MDOD) continue our commitment to expanding housing opportunities for people with developmental disabilities. A DDA Rent Subsidy Program webinar will be held on May 30, 2023 from noon-1 p.m. and include a refresher on the history of this initiative, the eligibility criteria, and the overall process for when DDA begins awarding subsidies.  

Thank you for your continued support and partnership as we work toward expanding housing opportunities for people with developmental disabilities. We look forward to seeing you on May 30!


Should you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Jones, Statewide Director of Innovations, at

LTSSMaryland Provider Portal Enhancement

Did you know that providers can now see the Contribution to Care (CTC) value amounts on Service Plans, including historical information, in LTSSMaryland via the Provider Portal? Providers can also access and view a real-time CTC report!  

To view CTC reports, authorized users should navigate to Provider Portal > Reports, and then select and view a DDA - Provider Portal Cost to Care Report. Users can also click on the ‘Export’ icon to download the report. Examples are shown below.

Meaningful Day Minimum Hours 7/1/2023

The DDA has created a chart to help outline the  minimum meaningful day hours for a person beginning July 1, 2023. The chart reflects providers who are billing in PCIS2 and LTSSMaryland. This chart is located on PolicyStat as an attachment to the Meaningful Day policy. If you have any questions, please reach out to Kasey Venn, DDA’s Statewide Coordinator of Employment and Meaningful Day Services at


Coming to a Region Near You

Save the Date!

The DDA and University of Kansas City (UMKC) will be hosting Provider Agency and Coordinators of Community Services (CCS) Charting the LifeCourse kickoff events in each region during the week of July 11-14, 2023. 

This is an exciting opportunity for providers and CCSs to learn more about the Charting the LifeCourse Framework and how they can use it to work collaboratively with people to enhance the Person-Centered Planning process and strengthen the quality of support in Maryland.

Please save the below date for your respective region! A registration link will be sent out by June 2023. We hope to see you there!

ESRO: Tuesday, July 11th

WMRO: Wednesday, July 12th

CMRO: Thursday, July 13th

SMRO: Friday, July 14th

LTSSMaryland Transition Readiness!

DDA Providers, even if you haven’t confirmed a date for your agency to transition into LTSSMaryland - DDA Module for billing, it’s never too early to start preparing! Talk to your regional director today. 

As part of that preparation, providers should review their most current W-9 form and ensure the address noted matches the pay-to address for each of your MA numbers, exactly. 

Please also ensure everything is spelled correctly, any abbreviations match, and the last 4 digits of the zip code are accurate, e.g., 21014-1234. We will be adding the W-9 requirement to the readiness resources on our website soon and will release the updates via the newsletter. If you have any questions, please contact Leslie Thompson, Statewide Director of Provider Services, at

Operations Updates

Basic Assurances®(BA) Provider Training

The Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL) is an international leader in establishing standards for quality. The DDA aims to achieve Network Accreditation with the CQL and will use information from provider Basic Assurances® Reviews to inform the current state of Maryland’s system and offer areas for improvement. Liberty Healthcare will begin conducting Basic Assurances®(BA) Reviews beginning in July 2023.

Basic Assurances® Reviews use an appreciative inquiry approach, reviewing agency policies and procedures and identifying how well those align with organizational practices. To do this,  Basic Assurances® Reviewers speak 1:1 and in focus groups with employees and people you support. As a result, we’ll share what is present in your organization and opportunities based on that point in time.

We want providers and CCS agencies to know what to expect during a  Basic Assurances® (BA) Review and are providing training throughout May 2023. This training will provide an overview of how to prepare and what to expect when participating in the Basic Assurances® Review. Please be sure that representatives from your organization attend one of the available training sessions, which will be held via Zoom.

  • Please register in advance for these meetings:

  • After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

5/15: 1PM-5PM EST


5/16: 1PM - 5PM EST


5/17: 10AM - 2PM EST


5/23: 12PM - 4PM EST


5/24: 10AM - 2PM EST


NCI Family/Guardian Survey 2023

Thank you for taking the time to complete the voluntary Survey on Services & Supports for Adults with Intellectual/ Developmental Disabilities Living Outside of the Family Home in Maryland. DDA is partnering with Liberty Healthcare to collect feedback and experiences about services your family member is receiving to improve services, supports and guiding practice in the state of Maryland. To see results from past years’ surveys that compare outcomes and satisfaction across states, please visit and go to:

 Survey Report & Insights > Family Members > Maryland.

Thank you to everyone who has participated in the National Core Indicators (NCI) Family survey! We have not met our response goal from families whose loved one lives outside of their home. We want to hear from you!

Please email Liberty Healthcare at or call (866) 414-9525 to get your survey code and survey. Liberty will send you an electronic or hard copy survey based on your preference. 

DDA Provider ARPA Reconciliation Office Hours

This communication is a follow-up to the webinar conducted on April 27, 2023 to inform you about a claims reconciliation process that the DDA has implemented to reconcile payments made to providers with federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds (referred to as the 5.5% ARPA Payment).

Office hours will be held the week of May 1, 2023 for those that require additional follow-up. Slots are available on a first come, first served basis. If interested, please sign up below:


Please email Nicholas Gabor at if you have any additional questions.

Upcoming Events

5/9/23 DDA RN Case Manager/Delegating Nurse/MTTP Trainer Orientation (SESSION IS FULL)

5/9/23 Support Broker Re - Certification Training

5/15-5/16 Trauma Informed Care

5/16 HRST - Maryland Clinical Reviewer Training

5/16 Support Broker Initial Training

5/18 Maryland Department of Health DDA Rate Review Advisory Group

5/19 DDA Waiver Renewal Webinar

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DDA Vision

People with developmental disabilities will have full lives in the communities of their choice where they are included, participate and are active citizens.

DDA Mission

Create a flexible, person-centered, family-oriented system of support so people can have full lives.

DDA Headquarters

201 W. Preston Street, 4th Floor

Baltimore, MD 21201

Phone: (410)767-5600

Fax: (410)767-5850

Toll Free: 1(844)253-8694

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