Glossary

Terminology and “lingo” in the developmental disability service system can be confusing. See below for often-used terms.

Crisis Resolution: Individual’s current situation must be critical. Individual may be eligible for immediate funding based on funding availability.

Crisis Prevention: Individual’s name is on DDA’s waiting list. Individual may be eligible for available funds based on date of application.

Current Request: Individual’s name is on DDA’s waiting list. Individual may be eligible for available funds based on date of application.

FSS-Family Support Services: Services for children that cannot exceed $3000, per fiscal year.

Future Need: Individual’s name is on DDA’s waiting list. However, individual and family are not in dire need, or requesting services at this time.

ISS-Individual Support Services: Services for adults that cannot exceed $5000, per fiscal year.

Low Intensity Support Services (LISS): LISS is a statewide program funded through the DDA.  LISS funding is flexible, dynamic and adaptable to the needs of the individual. LISS may be accessed multiple times throughout a year and across multiple years. It cannot exceed $3,000 in one year. Families and individuals must be specific in their requests. The agencies administering LISS in Baltimore City and Baltimore County are Humanim and PennMar

WLEF-Waiting list Equity Funds: Funding for individuals whose care providers are age 76 and older. Access to funding depends on availability.

WLI-Waiting List Initiative: Primary caregiver is age 55 or older and access to funding depends on availability and date of application.