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What is the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA)?

August 25, 2017 Law

The Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) funds services for people who:

have “a severe chronic disability of an individual that:

(a) Is attributable to a physical or mental impairment, other than the sole diagnosis of mental illness, or to a combination of mental and physical impairments;

(b) Is likely to continue indefinitely;

(c) Is manifested in an individual younger than 22 years old;

(d) Results in an inability to live independently without external support or continuing and regular assistance; and

(e) Reflects the need for a combination and sequence of special, interdisciplinary, or generic care, treatment, or other services that are individually planned and coordinated for the individual.” 


DDA’s website is instructive – but doesn’t tell the whole story. DDA was created under the Waiver system, in which the State of Maryland created services for developmentally disabled persons so that they could reside outside of an institution.  This was a noble effort and effective to some degree.  However, there are many disputes involving this process!  DDA uses contractors/licensees to find and deliver these services.  The contractors/licensees make mistakes, some would say “many” mistakes.  We want to hear your stories! Click the link below and we will publish your story if you give us permission:

Disclaimer: This blog post is for general information and is not legal advice. Call an attorney if you want advice that applies to your unique situation.