Low Intensity Support Services (LISS)

​The Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) of the Maryland Department of Health is committed to supporting children and adults with developmental disabilities (DD) and their families to live happy, healthy, independent lives, fully integrated in their communities across the lifespan.


The DDA’s Low Intensity Support Services (LISS) program serves children and adults with DD living at home with their family, or adults with DD living in their own home in the community.

  • It is flexible to meet the needs of children, adults and their families as they grow and change across the lifespan,
  • Provides up to $2,000 to assist children, adults and their families with purchasing services and /or items to address their needs, and,
  • Enhances or improves the person’s or family’s quality of life and promotes independence and community integration.

*To promote equality and access for everyone DDA utilizes the Random Selection Process, an automated system to select LISS applicants who may be eligible for funding. The entire process includes an application and selection process, eligibility determination and the payment of eligible items and services.

FY 19 LISS Application Deadlines

Round 1: LISS applications are accepted from May 1 through June 30, 2018.

Round 2: LISS applications are accepted from July 1through Oct. 31, 2018.

For more information, please contact the LISS provider that serves your county. See below or the list of providers.

LISS Providers

To Eastern Shore Families and Individuals,

Beginning July 1, 2018, the new LISS provider for the Eastern Shore is Maryland Community Connection. United Needs and Abilities is no longer running the LISS program.

If you are interested in applying for FY 2019 LISS funding, please contact Maryland Community Connection at 301-583-8880 for more information. Please see the attached "FY 2019 Letter to Eastern Shore Families and Individuals" explaining the transition to the new LISS provider.

Maryland Community Connection
Attn: LISS Unit
4401 Nicole Drive, Lanham, Maryland 20706
Phone: 301-583-8880/Toll free: 877-622-6688/Fax: 301-583-0359
Website: http://www.marylandcommunityconnection.org
Counties served: Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s, Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico and Worcester

Penn-Mar Human Services
Attn: LISS Unit
310 Old Freeland Road, Freeland, Maryland 21053
Phone: 410-357-0891/Toll free: 877-282-8202/TTY: 711/Fax: 410-357-4767
Website: http://www.penn-mar.org/liss
Counties served: Allegany, Anne Arundel, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Carroll, Frederick, Garrett, Harford, Howard and Washington

Popular Links

Letter to Eastern Shore Families 7-12-18

LISS Announcement, FY 19


LISS REG Change Letter, FY 17

LISS Random Selection Application