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    The Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) believes that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have the right to direct their lives and services. This guides the DDA’s work, expressed in our Focus Areas for services. You can receive DDA services in two different ways. They are called service models

    Self-directed service model​​: 

    • With self-directed services, you recruit and hire your own staff and manage your own services. 
    • With self-directed services, a Financial Management and Counseling Services (FMCS) agency helps you with accounting and payroll. You can also choose to have a Support Broker. Support Brokers help you carry out your responsibilities as an employer.
    Traditional service model: 
    • With traditional services, a licensed service provider recruits and hires staff and manages your services. 
    ​With both options, your Coordinator of Community Services (CCS) and DDA Advocacy Specialists can help you make informed decisions and develop your Person-Centered Plan (PCP).  There are three (3) broad categories of services. These are called Meaningful Day Services, Support Services, and Residential Services. All of the services available through self-directed services and through DDA providers are listed below, separated into these categories.​

    In Maryland, the DDA funds most services using Medicaid Waivers. Medicaid Waivers are a way to get federal​ money to help pay for services, along with state money.​​​ Not all services are available through each Waiver. To learn more about what each Waiver offers, click here​.