​Low Intensity Support Service (LISS) Program
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
FY 2019

What is the LISS Program?
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/IDD 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.

How are applicants selected?
To promote equality and access for everyone DDA utilizes the Random Selection Process (RSP), 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.

Who can apply?
Maryland residents with an eligible developmental disability may apply.

What is meant by eligible developmental disability?
A developmental disability is a physical or mental impairment, and not just mental illness. A developmental disability can be a combination of mental and physical impairments.

Determining Factors:

  • It will probably continue forever.
  • It started before you turned 22.
  • You need supports or assistance to live independently.
  • You need the support of a team to help with your services and treatment.

Note: An individual with a mental health diagnosis only and not a developmental disability diagnosis does not have an eligible developmental disability and is not eligible for LISS. For example, if a person is diagnosed with depression only, and doesn’t have an intellectual or physical disability as well, the person does not have an eligible disability.

Are applicants on the DDA waiting list eligible to apply for LISS?
Yes, applicants on the DDA waiting list who are not receiving any services from DDA, except for Coordination of Community Services (CCS), are eligible to apply.

Are applicants receiving DDA services such as individual, family, vocational and residential, etc. (except CCS), eligible to apply for LISS? 
No, they are not eligible to apply.

Are applicants enrolled in either the MD Model Waiver, or Rare and Expensive Case Management (REM) eligible to apply for LISS? 
Yes, they are eligible to apply.

Are applicants enrolled in any MD Medicaid Home & Community Base Waivers such as the DDA’s Community Pathways, Family Support Waivers or Community Support Waivers, or the Older Adult and Autism Waivers eligible to apply for LISS? 
No, they are not eligible to apply.

How do I apply for LISS?
Individuals, family members or authorized representatives such as social workers, or a CCS may complete and submit a LISS random selection application, on behalf of the applicant, to the LISS provider that serves the county in which the applicant lives.

Applications can be downloaded from the DDA/LISS website at: https://dda.health.maryland.gov/dda/Pages/liss.aspx

If you are not able to access online information or download an application, please call your local LISS provider to request information and an application.

NOTE: Applications must be mailed or hand delivered to the applicant’s LISS provider. Faxed and emailed applications cannot be accepted and considered for funding.

When do I apply?
Round 1 LISS Random Selection Applications are accepted from May 1 through June 30, 2018.
Round-2 LISS Random Selection Applications are accepted from July 1 through Oct. 31, 2018.

Where can I get help?
Please contact your LISS provider if you have any questions or concerns. They are happy to provide you with support, information and assistance in completing the application process!

LISS Providers (The applicant’s LISS provider is the one that serves his/her county)

Maryland Community Connection: 4401 Nicole Drive, Lanham, Maryland 20706
Phone: 301-583-8880/Toll free: 877-622-6688
Fax: 301-583-0359
E-mail: LISS@marylandcommunityconnection.org
Website: http://www.marylandcommunityconnection.org
Serves: Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s, and St. Mary’s counties

Penn Mar Human Services:  310 Old Freeland Road, Freeland, Maryland 21053 
Phone: 410-343-0891/Toll free: 877-282-8202/TTY: 711
FAX: 410-357-4767
E-mail: LISS@penn-mar.org
Website: http://www.penn-mar.org/liss/
Serves: Allegany, Anne Arundel, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Carroll, Frederick, Garrett, Harford, Howard and Washington counties

United Needs and Abilities: 688 East Main Street, Salisbury, Maryland 21804
Phone: 410-543-0665/Toll free: 800-776-5694/TTY: 41.543.0665/Fax: 410-543-0432
E-mail: LISS@una1.org
Website: http://www.una1.org

Does everyone who applies receive funding?
No. Unfortunately, funding is limited. Only applicants chosen or selected through the random selection process may be eligible for LISS funding.

What is the random selection process?
To promote equality and access for everyone the DDA uses an automated system called the random selection process to select applicants who may be eligible for funding from applications submitted to LISS providers.

  • The random selection process takes place twice each year. Round 1 in July. Round 2 in November.
  • LISS providers notify applicants of their status (selected or not) by mail.
  • In addition to notification of their status, selected applicants are provided with the LISS Program Applicant and Family Guide.
  • Applicants indicate the services and items they are requesting on the Services & Eligibility Form.
  • Applicants submit completed applications along with proof of eligibility, residency and other required documentation to their LISS provider by the specified date (as indicated in the status notification letter) to complete the application process.
  • Upon review and approval, LISS providers will process paperwork and payments.

Can applicants receive funding in both Round 1 and Round 2?
No. Applicants who receive funding in Round 1 may not receive funding in Round 2 of the same fiscal year, even if the maximum amount of $2000 was not awarded to the applicant in Round 1.

Does LISS fund reimburse previously received items and services?
Yes, services and items received in the current fiscal year (July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019) may be eligible for reimbursement this year.

What are some examples of items/services that may be purchased with LISS funds?
Assistive Technology
Attendant care
Barrier Removal
Camp (youth & adult)
Employment-related services
Health services
Housing Adaptations
Identification services
Individual and Family Counseling
Medical equipment purchase, rental, and repair
Personal Care
Specialized equipment
Therapeutic Services
Training and support for self-advocacy
Transportation assistance
Adaptive Equipment
Tuition for post-secondary academic / vocational

What are some examples of items or services that may not be purchased with LISS funds?
Experimental treatments or treatments not approved by the FDA
Gift cards
Housing assistance, including eviction assistance, utility disconnection and deposits
Toys, except for therapeutic purposes
Vehicle: gas, tires, registration, or payment for violations such as tickets and fines.

Please see the DDA website for more information about the LISS program: https://dda.health.maryland.gov/dda/Pages/liss.aspx