Information for Providers

During this unprecedented time, the DDA wants to acknowledge the leadership, extraordinary efforts, and commitment DDA providers have demonstrated to support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and to ensure their well-being during this COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 RESOURCES for Agencies

Staying up-to-date on the latest information about COVID-19 can be challenging.  We’re keeping our eyes out for information specifically related to COVID-19 for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities that may help support your agency.
  • The DDA sent a letter to all active service providers detailing the steps being taken in response to the COVID-19 emergency.  All letters to providers will be posted here for easy access to up-to-date information.  Click on the letters below to see what was included:
  • COVID-19 response plans developed by MDH-DDA based on scenarios you may encounter for positive or pending tested individuals.  Check it out here!
  • The DDA has developed and will continue adding to a Toolkit of COVID-19 resources critical to agency operations.  The most up-to date toolkit will be posted to this site.  Check it out here!
  • The American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR) continues to compile and update information related to COVID-19.  Many of the resources collected are specific to steps providers can take to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in their programs, and caring for someone with COVID-19 should it occur.  Check it out here!
  • The National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals has developed a toolkit to assist agencies in on-boarding new staff during the COVID-19 emergency.  Check it out here!


Meal planning, preparation and grocery shopping are challenging during normal times.  Social distancing makes these routine activities even more challenging.  To help, we have compiled a list of resources from meal and grocery delivery to free meal services.
  • This comprehensive list developed by Montgomery County provides information on food assistance resources, and opportunities for individuals and organizations to support community needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Check it out here!
  • This list shows which grocery stores in DC, MD and VA have changed hours due to COVID-19.  Also listed are stores with special hours of operations for seniors or other vulnerable populations. Check it out here!
  • This comprehensive list shows where children (under the age of 18) can receive free meals during the COVID-19 outbreak in DC, MD, and VA.  Check it out here!
  • There are several grocery services that will allow you to build a shopping list through their app, place an order and have groceries delivered right to your door.  Please be aware that these services do charge a delivery fee.  If you are interested in learning more, here are a few options to get you started: Instcart (, Shipt (, Peapod (, and Amazon Prime – Free delivery with Prime Membership (
  • Occasionally cooking a meal just isn’t going to happen.  Check out this list of Best DC Area Restaurants for Takeout and Delivery may be the answer.  Check it out here!