Volunteer Opportunities

Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration’s Standing Committees

The DDA routinely partners with stakeholders for a variety of standing committees.

Currently, the DDA is seeking volunteers for three committees: Transition Advisory Team, Mortality Quality and Review Committee and the Quality Advisory Council.

Transition Advisory Team (TAT)

The Transition Advisory Team provides information and guidance to the Maryland Department of Health related to the state’s transition plan to comply with the federal Community Settings Regulations. The group includes program participants, family members, self-advocates, and various stakeholder organizations such as People on the Go, the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council, the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities, Disability Rights Maryland, The Arc of Maryland, the Coordination of Community Services Coalition, and the Maryland Association of Community Services (MACS).

The Community Settings regulations address several sections of Medicaid law under which states may use federal Medicaid funds to pay for home and community-based services (HCBS) including the DDA waiver programs. For more information, visit:

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid HCBS

Maryland's State Transition Plan

The TAT committee meets monthly and quarterly at DDA’s Southern Maryland Regional Office in Laurel, MD.

If you are interested in participating and making a difference in the lives of people with developmental disabilities in Maryland, send your resume to Kristina Hall at kristina.hall1@maryland.gov.

Mortality Quality and Review Committee

The Mortality Quality and Review Committee was established thru legislation to review deaths of the developmentally or intellectually disabled in Maryland. Members ensure that DDA-funded agencies and facilities are following COMAR regulations, guidelines, policies and procedures regarding these deaths. The committee also reviews death cases from the Behavioral Health Administration.

The Mortality Quality and Review Committee meets quarterly at the Spring Grove Hospital Center in Catonsville, MD. from 10 a.m. to noon.

Committee members are nominated by the DDA Deputy Secretary and appointed by the Secretary of the Department of Health. Applicants must be passionate in advocating for better care and better services for those who are living and for those who are transitioning from living to death.

Applicant requirements:

  1. The available seats are for people with a developmental disability actively receiving DDA-funded services or their family members.
  2. Must be in good standing with no criminal background or illegal substance abuse convictions.
  3. Must declare any conflicts of interest with respect to DDA partnerships and shareholders.
  4. Must commit to attending the meetings to sustain membership.
To apply, visit the Office of Appointments and Executive Nominations. Under the heading "OAEN Resources" click on the "Biographical Information Form". Complete the form, upload and submit your resume to the email address indicated on the application. Candidates will be notified by DDA if selected.


Quality Advisory Council

Quality Advisory Council was established to assist in the review of DDA-related materials, to provide guidance on the validity of information, best practices, feedback on hot topic issues, and to find resolutions. This is an opportunity to work with the DDA in creating, developing and implementing policies, procedures and legislation.

This committee meets quarterly at PACT, Kennedy Krieger Institute in Windsor Mill, MD. Committee members are appointed for a three-year term by the DDA Deputy Secretary.
Applicant Requirements:
  1. Must be a client or family member who is receiving DDA-approved services or supports.
  2. Must be in good standing with no criminal background or illegal substance abuse convictions.
  3. Must declare any conflicts of interest with respect to DDA partnerships and shareholders. 
  4. Must commit to attending the meetings because attendance is crucial to sustaining your membership
To apply, visit the Office of Appointments and Executive Nominations. Under the heading "OAEN Resources" click on the "Biographical Information Form". Complete the form, upload and submit your resume to the email address indicated on the application. Candidates will be notified by DDA if selected.