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    Become A Provider

    How do I become licensed to provide services to people with developmental disabilities?

    The first step in becoming a DDA licensed provider is to register your business as a Maryland corporation with the Maryland State Department of Assessment and Taxation (SDAT). You will need to have a business name. DDA also requires that you have a board of directors so you will want to begin to form your board.

    DDA requires that you have experience providing the services you are applying to provide and share the DDA vision for services. Please review information on the DDA website regarding the services that we provide. You should also review information about the Community Pathways Waiver, the Family Supports Waiver, and the Community Supports Waiver. DDA providers must adhere to regulations in COMAR 10.22. You must have a detailed business plan and a line of credit that will allow you to provide services until you receive payment from DDA.

    To become a licensed provider for DDA services you must complete the appropriate DDA provider application. You are required to submit the completed application with all required attachments. DDA will review the application packet and will let you know the status of your application by email. Applicants who pass the DDA process will be referred to the Office of Health Care Quality (OHCQ) to obtain the license.

    DDA provider applicants who are referred to OHCQ for licensing will need to submit their policies and procedures to OHCQ. Once policies and procedures are approved you will be issued a license.




    To provide DDA funded services you must apply to be an approved Maryland Medicaid provider. The application can be found on the Maryland Department of Health website. The approval process will include a site visit from Medicaid staff as well as vetting the applicant and all administrative staff against the Medicaid exclusion list.

    Once you have received your Maryland Medicaid provider number you will need to complete the DDA contracts and other required forms. You will then receive information about login to the DDA data and billing system and will be scheduled for training in using the system.

    The DDA regional office Provider relations staff will reach out to you to schedule a time to meet with the regional office. You are responsible for marketing your services.

    You are now ready to provide services!



    Any provider interested in becoming a DDA licensed program for Children with Developmental Disabilities or a DDA licensed program for Medically Fragile Children should complete the DDA provider application for children’s services. Please review COMAR 14.31.05-.07 for more information on the requirements for children's programs. Generally children's programs are funded by the Department of Human Services (DHS). You must have a contract with DHR to be funded for these services.

    There are some other very important steps in becoming a children’s provider. Once you are licensed you will need to have a certified Program Administrator. Information on the process to become certified can be found at https://health.maryland.gov/crccp/Pages/administrators.aspx

    You will also need to submit a budget to obtain a rate from the Interagency Rate Committee. Information on the rate process can be found at: http://marylandpublicschools.org/programs/Pages/Special-Education/IRC/index.aspx. Please review all of the information but the required forms can be found here: http://marylandpublicschools.org/programs/Pages/Special-Education/IRC/Forms.aspx

    In addition to the budget sheets you will need to submit a completed Level of Intensity Score Sheet.

    The DHS will only issue contracts when they have a need for services. They will publish a statement of need in the Maryland Register.



    All applications are in a fillable format and should be completed and saved to your computer. The saved file and any required attachments should be attached to the email and emailed to: providerapplications.dda@maryland.gov. Only applications submitted to that email address will be considered.


    *Clarification Note – An interested provider who currently does not have an identified qualified clinician may still submit the Behavioral Supports Provider application but must provide Janet Furman, Director of Provider Relations, for approval the qualified clinician’s name, copy of license and training/experience in applied behavior analysis, as well as a sample behavior assessment and behavior plan the qualified clinician authored, before starting to provide behavior support services.