Community Supports Waiver

​The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) is developing a new Community Supports Waiver program which will provide individual and family supports for persons with developmental disabilities on the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) Waiting List.

The goals of this new program includes providing: (1) Innovative service options that support DDA’s Community of Practices for Employment and Supporting Families; (2) Community-based service options offered under the current Community Pathways Waiver (e.g. Supported Employment, Employment Discovery & Customization, Personal Supports, Respite, Assistive Technology, Behavioral Supports, etc.) with the exception of residential services; (3) Self-direction opportunities; (4) Flexibility to move dollar amounts among line items within the approved person-centered plan to meet emerging and changing needs; and (5) Short-term exceptions to the overall budget caps of $25,000 based on exceptional needs.

All services must be provided in settings that meet the federal Community Settings requirements.


** New ** - Community Supports Waiver Federal Application

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If your loved one with a developmental disability is not on DDA's waiting list and your family is in need of support, please consider applying.   Useful links:


Community Supports Waiver Process/Next Steps

  • Community Supports Waiver Overview Webinar - August 9, 2017 (1:30 - 3:30)
  • Community Supports Waiver federal application will be posted to the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) website on August 14, 2017
  • Official Public Input Process - August 14, 2017 through September 12, 2017
  • State review of input for consideration of final revisions – September 2017
  • Waiver Application Submission to CMS - October 1, 2017
  • Respond to CMS questions – October through December 2017
  • Projected CMS approval – December 2017
  • Projected effective date – January  2018