Eligibility for DDA Services

Maryland - CCS

What is the DDA?

In Maryland, the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA), under the Maryland Department of Health, funds community-based services and supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Total Care Services, Inc. is certified by the DDA to provide Targeted Case Management (TCM) through our Coordination of Community Services program.

How is your eligibility for DDA services determined?

The DDA Eligibility Application Process is used to decide if you are eligible to receive DDA services. You can visit the DDA's website here for more information about this process. Here is a short summary of the steps involved:

Governor's Transitioning Youth Initiative (GTYI)

You can apply for DDA services at any time and at any age. However, for students transitioning from high school to adult services, the Governor's Transitioning Youth Initiative (GTYI) offers a special category of eligibility and priority for services.


What is the Governor's Transitioning Youth Initiative (GTYI)?

GTYI is a partnership between the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) and the Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS). Through GTYI, DDA and DORS work together to provide access to supported employment, day services, and other transition services to students who are eligible.

You can explore:

  • Post-Secondary Education options
  • Employment Training
  • Employment
  • Day/Vocational Services
  • Independent Living
  • Community Participation

To find out more, visit the DDA's Transitioning Youth home page.


How is your eligibility for GTYI determined?

To qualify for GTYI, you must be found fully eligible as developmentally disabled. This means:

  • You are a Maryland Resident.
  • You are Waiver Eligible.
  • You have a severe chronic disability that meets certain requirements.
  • You are 21 years old.

It's important to be aware of the deadlines for GTYI. If you miss them, your application will be placed on a waiting list. Your DDA waiver application must be completed by June 30 of your eligibility year to be considered for GTYI funding. If the date of your transition is after your 21st birthday, you will be eligible for one year after the date you leave high school.

The student is eligible from his/her 21st birthday until his/her 22nd birthday. If the date of graduation is after the individual's 21st birthday, the individual shall continue to be eligible for one year after the date of graduation.

We recommend starting your transition planning early. Some Transitioning Youth services are available as early as age 14. If you are specifically applying for Transitioning Youth services, you can contact your DDA regional office when you turn 14. To learn more about Transitioning Youth Services at Total Care Services, click here.