Low Intensity Support Services (LISS)

Low Intensity Support Services (LISS) are grants up to $2,000 to assist adults with developmental disabilities and families with a child with developmental disabilities in purchasing services and/or items to address needs.

The NEW LISS REQUEST FORM and the previous LISS Request form will be accepted starting July 1, 2014 for the 2014 Round 1 grants. To download the new form click here. Please note that LISS Request form will be accepted on July 1stthrough July 31th for Round 1.

LISS Provider Agencies information – name of agency per region and counties they support

LISS Frequently Asked Questions

LISS Application Assistance Sessions – Click here for dates, times, and locations

LISS Application Assistance Presentation


Please continue to check this page for updates concerning the LISS program.


Stakeholder Workgroup:

In the fall of 2013, the DDA received recommendations from a workgroup to improve the application process, lower the amount of funding to increase the number of individuals served, and to help individuals currently not receiving services.

The full report can be viewed on the on the Council’s website at http://www.md-council.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/LISS-Report-Dec-2013-FINAL.pdf. The DDA accepted most of the recommendations as noted in the formal response. DDA is also implementing changes not recommended by the workgroup.

The DDA is working with the LISS stakeholder workgroup to develop outreach and communication strategies to share information on program changes with individuals, families, advocates, providers, and various service delivery systems as a result of the report recommendation.

The DDA is recruiting licensed Family and Individual Support Service providers to administer the program. Selected providers’ contact information will be posted before July 1, 2014.

Questions, Comments, and Feedback:


Please continue to check this page for updates concerning the LISS program.

Please feel free to e-mail us at DDA.LISS@maryland.gov



Maryland Community Connection is receiving a lot of requests on the new LISS Program that is scheduled to begin July 1, 2014. As many families may know, there will be some changes on the new LISS program effective July 1, 2014. Until Developmental Disability Administration (DDA) puts out an update on LISS, Maryland Community Connection will share the following information:

  1. New LISS services will begin July 1, 2014 – no LISS applications will be accepted before July 1, 2014.
  2. DDA is revising the LISS application so please do not submit LISS request on old LISS application.


DDA is in the process of making the necessary changes to the LISS Program in order to meet the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities. DDA will be announcing soon all the LISS changes along with required LISS guidelines. 


I would encourage families NOT to contact DDA directly but to regularly check DDA website http://dda.dhmh.maryland.gov/SitePages/liss.aspx  for more information about LISS.


Please also visit DDA’s website for LIS updates: http://dda.dhmh.maryland.gov/SitePages/liss.aspx


02/07/2014  Free Dental Clinic !

The Southern Maryland Mission of Mercy will be hosting a Free Adult Dental Clinic on July 18 and July 19, 2014 at North Point High School in Charles County. Individuals have to go through the Department of Social Services to register, but please check their website @ http://www.southernmdmom.org for more details as they become available.

Southern Maryland Mission of Mercy is a free adult dental clinic provided by volunteer dental professionals and volunteer staff of several hundred people.

Dental services for adult patients include:

  • Preventive dentistry and cleaning
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Restorative fillings
  • Extractions

All dental services are provided by  licensed dentists and hygienists, mostly from Maryland.

*********UPDATE************* 12/06/2013

The Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council has published their 2013 report about  LISS in response to growing concerns about the program.  A wide range of stakeholders with a shared interest in improving the LISS program partenered with the Council and created a LISS Stakeholder Workgroup in the Fall of 2013.  The purpose of the work-group was to examine the current state of the LISS program and then think critically on potential changes that should be made to make improvements.  The report includes 25 detailed recommendations , rationale for each change and a description of the goals the improvements are intended to achieve.  Please note that these recommendations are suggestions for change and have not been finalized nor approved by DDA officials.

Read the Councils 2013 LISS Report and share it.  Maximizing the Impact of DDA’s Low Intensity Support Services Program: Recommendations for Improvement


*********UPDATE************ 08/20/2013

The Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council conducted a survey in 2012 about DDA’s Low Intensity Support Services (LISS) program in which approximately 900 stakeholders provided feedback which was summarized in a report here: Low Intensity Support Services in Maryland: An Assessment of Importance, System Function and Recommendations for Change “

In a follow-up to the 2012 report, the Council has formed a LISS stakeholder workgroup to think critically about what is ,and is not , working well with the goal of making well thought-out recommendations for improvements in LISS to DDA.  Although the workgroup is limited in size, the Council is encouraging additional broad input.  If you would like to complete the Council’s 2013 LISS survey please click here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PXM7T28

The deadline for responses is August 30, 2013. If you need assistance with the survey or cannot access it , please contact Faye Bell-Boulware at 410-767-6249 or info@md-council.org.

Please contact Faye, above if you would like to receive information about LISS workgroup meeting dates and locations.  There will be an opportunity at the meetings for individuals not on the work group to provide comments.


*********UPDATE*********** 07/29/2013

WHAT HAPPENED TO THE LISS FUND? How did LISS Funding run out in one day? Maryland Community Connection had $859,712.00 for FY 14 for LISS purchases on July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014. MCC received over 300 LISS applications on July 1, 2013 in which the majority of the requests were for the max amount of $3,000.00. Here are the numbers. $3,000 (funding request amount) x 300 (LISS application) = $900,000 (exceeds the LISS Funding for the entire FY 14). DDA & LISS providers know there is a need for more funding to meet individuals’ needs. In the near future, DDA will be working with individuals, families, and advocacy groups to get feedback on improving the program. Please periodically check DDA or Maryland Community Connection’s website for more information.


A high volume of LISS requests have been received for all regions which may commit the available funding for the current fiscal year. Therefore, applications will no longer be accepted in the Southern, Eastern Shore, Central, and Western regions as of July 15.

To view the official memo from the Developmental Disabilities Administration please click here