​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​About DDA​​​​

happy people with disability in rehabilitation center

​​​​People with developmental disabilities have the right to make choices about their lives and the help they get. The Maryland Department of Health's Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) works together with children and adults who have intellectual and developmental disabilities to get support and resources so that they can have good lives.

The DDA is the main Maryland state agency that pays for services in communities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 

  • Our vision is that people with developmental disabilities and their families will have full lives in the communities of their choice wh​ere they are included, participate, and are active citizens. 
  • Our mission is to create a flexible, person-centered, family-oriented system of support so that all people have the opportunity to thrive.​​​​​​​​​

The ​​​DDA helps people​ get the right services to help them be part of their community. These services can be accessed through​ Home and Community Based Medicaid Waiver programs or state funds from the DDA. People who get help from the DDA also get support from their families, community groups, and other programs.​​​ To learn more about the DDA, you can click on any of the topics listed below, or download our printable flyer.