Current Issues


The Governor’s Proposed Budget (recap by The Arc Maryland)

Developmental Disabilities Administration- FY21 Summary- Governor’s Allowance for Community Services

The Governor released his draft 2021 state operating and capital budgets on January 15, 2021.  The budget includes funding for a 4% increase for the Developmental Disabilities Administration Community Services, but the Budget Reconciliation Financing Act, removes 2% of that funding, leaving us with only a projected 2% increase in funding.  With only a 2% increase, providers will not have enough funding to provide a starting wage that is above the state minimum wage.  For more information, see the MACS fact sheet below (MACS Legislative Breakfast Section below)

The DDA budget breakdown, with narrative provided by DDA, is as follows:

Community Services Proposed Budget FY21 – 1,347,856,751


The DDA budget increased by 48.5 million in total funds (a combination of state and federal funds) over the current year, which includes funding for a 2% rate increase for service providers and for expansion.


  • $7,631,440 for Transitioning Youth- Projected to support 593 young adults exiting high school.
  • $789,747 for Emergency Placements- Projected to support 25 people in Residential, Day, Supported Employment, Personal Support Services, and Individual Support Services (average 6 months actual).
  • $4,773,242 for Waiting List (Crisis Resolution)- Projected to support 275 people in Residential, Day, Supported Employment, Self-Directed Services, Personal and Individual Support Services (average 6 months actual).
  • $734,270 for Waiting List Equity Fund- Projected to support 27 people with the oldest caregivers.
  • $993,109 for DSS Age Outs- Projected to support 28 people aging out of DSS

Continued Service Funding Highlights:

There is also funding in the draft budget for continued service funding in the following areas. These are not necessarily increases, but the maintenance of commitments made in previous years:

  • $4,543,672 for LISS Services.
  • $10,000,000 for Community Support Waiver to provide continued funding for non-residential services in the community – cap of 400 people.
  • $4,800,000 for Family Support Waiver to provide continued funding for family and children’s services (under the age of 21) – cap of 400 people.

Disclaimer:  We have requested clarification on these numbers but this was what was provided on 1/16/20 from DDA.



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