Low Intensity Support Services (LISS)

There is no new LISS funding until July 1, 2014.

New changes will be announced by DDA.

Please check DDA website regularly for updates about the LISS program.

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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.

**NEW UPDATE** LISS ANNOUNCEMENT FROM DDA

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

 ********UPDATE**********

Beginning July 1, 2013 Maryland Community Connection will be accepting LISS applications with the original signature hand delivered in office or via US mail.

No LISS application can be emailed or faxed.

Maryland Community Connection doors open at 8:30 am in which applications will be time stamped to be processed and reviewed in order received.  Because we are expecting a High volume of LISS requests there will be no status updates via phone calls or unsolicited emails.  Upon arrival and receipt of application, each individual will be given a card with instructions on how to sign up for our new automated LISS Email Registration system, where applicants will receive email updates on the status of their applications.

To Register for LISS email updates please visit our Homepage at www.marylandcommunityconnection.org.  Point to the Low Intensity Support Services (LISS) tab then scroll down and click on LISS Email Registration.  Insert information in the required fields and hit submit.  All LISS status updates will be sent to the E-mail Address provided.

For those who choose not to register for LISS email updates, communication on the status of your application will be via US mail.  Please note that due to High volume US mail communication may take up to 4 weeks.

Thank You for your continued support of Maryland Community Connection.

 

 

**NEW UPDATE** LISS ANNOUNCEMENT FROM DDA

The Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) is pleased to announce that effective, July 1, 2013, $5.2 Million has been allocated for the DDA Low Intensity Support Services (LISS) program.  

Low Intensity Support Services (LISS) enable a family to provide for the needs of a child or an adult with developmental disabilities living in the home or to support an adult with developmental disabilities living in the community. The LISS program is flexible to meet the needs of people or families. LISS funds are available on a first-come, first-serve basis until all funds are allocated.

Request for LISS will be accepted beginning on July 1, 2013 via US Mail or in person at one of the DDA LISS agencies.  Please be sure to complete the form in its entirety and submit the required documentation including a copy of the Social Security Card, proof of residency, and proof of a developmental disability.  As per regulations, approval of services for eligible individuals is based on a first come first served basis and the availability of funds.  Therefore no LISS Request forms will be accepted prior to July 1st and need to be dated July 1, 2013 or later.  Please do not fax or email any Request Forms as they will not be processed.

Please share this information with your contacts, people with developmental disabilities, and families.  The program is established under Maryland Health-General Article §7-717 and governed by COMAR 10.22.14.  Additional information about the LISS program is available on the DDA website at: http://dda.dhmh.maryland.gov/SitePages/liss.aspx

**NEW UPDATE** LISS FUNDING WILL BE AVAILABLE FY 14. 

FISCAL YEAR 14 STARTS JULY 1, 2013

NO APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED FOR FY14, PRIOR TO JULY 1, 2013.

Maryland Community Connection has exhausted all available LISS funding for FY 13 July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013..

 

What is Low Intensity Support Service?

Low Intensity Support Service, LISS, is a statewide program for individuals who meet the service requirements set by the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA). Preventative in nature, LISS assists individuals with developmental disabilities improve their quality of life, remain in their own homes, increase or maintain independence, and participate in the community by providing resources and financial assistance.

Who is eligible for LISS?

To be eligible for LISS assistance the individual must meet all of the following guidelines:

  • be diagnosed with a developmental disability verified by an Individual Education Plan (IEP) and/or a medical statement of developmental disability
  • be a resident of Maryland as verified by a valid drivers license, Maryland identification card or bill noting address
  • have a social security card
  • not currently receiving funding for full residential services
  • not enrolled in the New Directions Waiver
  • have applied for medical assistance  minors do not have a apply)

What services and supports are offered under LISS ?

Maryland Community Connection is able to approved LISS applications up to$3,000 per fiscal year. LISS applications exceeding $3,000 per fiscal year will need to be approved by the DDA regional office. LISS does not cover services or supports that require on-going funding. LISS may include, but are not limited to, supports involving:

·         Adaptive equipment

·        Adaptive Clothing

·        Assistive Technology

·        Camp

·        Community Supports

·         Day Care / Child Care

·         Dietary Supplements

·         Educational Equipment

·         Food

·         Housing Related: Eviction Assistance, Utility Disconnection, Deposits

·         Job Coaching

·         Medical Services

·         Personal Care

·         Recreational Programs

·         Therapeutic

·         Self-advocacy and support groups

·         Vehicle Modifications

How can LISS be accessed?

LISS can be accessed for individuals that meet LISS eligibility requirements and live in Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince Georges or St. Mary’s Counties. For information regarding other LISS agencies in Maryland visit www.ddamaryland.org for a complete list.

How to apply to LISS?

Mail or deliver the following information to the Maryland Community Connection office.

  • DDA LISS Request Form
  • Proof of Maryland Residency ( State ID, bill with address)
  • Proof of Developmental Disability ( IEP, IP, Statement from physician
  • Information from vendor providing the service you need funding for ( bill, invoice, registration form )

Faxed or e-mail copies are not acceptable and complete packet must be submitted prior to being eligible for funding.

For more information on LISS, call us at 301-583-8880 or 877-622-6688

Email: liss@marylandcommunityconnection.org

 

Developmental Disabilities Administration

Low Intensity Support Services (LISS)

Frequently Asked Questions

What are Low Intensity Support Services (LISS)?

Low Intensity Support Services (LISS) – formerly known as Rolling Access– are support services established under Maryland Health-General Article §7-717.  The program is designed to enable a family to provide for the needs of a child or an adult with developmental disabilities living in the home or to support an adult with developmental disabilities living in the community.  LISS Services are flexible to meet the needs of individuals or families.

Is LISS the same across the State?

Yes.  The process for accessing LISS funding is the same in every county in Maryland.

How is the program funded?

The Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) funds this program with State only funding.

Who administers the LISS program?

The DDA contracts with five DDA licensed Family and Individual Support Service providers to administer the program.  LISS providers, their contact information, and the county they provide services for is listed at the bottom.

Who can apply for LISS?

Maryland residents who have a developmental disability or their family can apply.

Does every person with a developmental disability get help?

No, because there is a limited amount of funding available.

Is there an application?

The program uses a “request form” to gather the necessary information about the person and the services they are seeking.  Individuals must complete a Medical Assistance application unless the service is for a minor.

Do I have to provide any other information?

People applying will need proof that they are a resident of Maryland and have a developmental disability.

Do I have to provide information about my income?

The information is optional and does not impact eligibility or service decisions.  The data collected allows DDA to report to Legislators how these funds benefit people with disabilities and their families.

Where can I get the LISS Request Form?

The form can be found on the DDA Web site, www.ddamaryland.org or by calling any of the LISS providers attached.  If you have a DDA resource coordinator, they can also help provide a copy of the form.

How do I apply for LISS?

By completing the LISS Request Form and submitting it to a LISS provider.

Do I have to fill out the traditional DDA application for services too?

No.  People do not need to fill out the traditional DDA application for services in order to apply for LISS.  The program may suggest you consider applying for other DDA services which may be able to meet long-term or on-going needs as LISS helps with short-term needs.

Can people who never applied to DDA get LISS?

Yes.  People can receive LISS services even if they have not applied to DDA.

If I already applied to DDA, do I have to complete the LISS Request Form?

Yes.  By completing the form, it tells DDA that you are seeking LISS funding.

If I am on the DDA Waiting List, do I need to be in a particular priority status?

No.  People are served regardless of their priority status.

Is the program first come, first served?

Yes.

Can people enrolled in other Medicaid waiver programs(such as Autism Waiver, Rare and Expensive Case Management (REM) program) also seek help from LISS?

Yes, as long as the services requested from LISS are not available through these other programs.

Do I have to fill out a Medical Assistance (Medicaid) applications?

Yes, if you are an individual aged 18 or older.  The DDA’s programs follow State rules that are referred to as regulations.  One of the rules requires people who receive any DDA funded services to complete an application for Medical Assistance (Medicaid).  It does not require people to be eligible for Medical Assistance in order to receive LISS or other DDA funded services.  Children or minors are not required to apply for Medical Assistance.

Why would I want to apply to Medical Assistance (Medicaid)?

People and families eligible for Medical Assistance can get help from Medicaid with several services and supports including diapers, dietary supplements, dental care, medical supplies, medications, personal care, skilled services, food stamps, and others services that may help with ongoing long-term needs.  It may free up some of the money you are spending so you can buy or pay for other things.

Do I have to fill out any other applications?

No.  However, LISS providers have information about other programs and funding that may be able to help you.  You may want to apply for these services.

How often can you get LISS funding?  I heard it was once in a lifetime.

People may make multiple requests for funding through the year and across multiple years.  It is not once in a lifetime.  The program provides funding up to $3,000 per person per year.  DDA may waive this cap depending on your needs.

I used to get help under Rolling Access, can I get LISS funding?

LISS was formerly called Rolling Access.  They are the same program.  Individuals and families that have used the DDA’s Rolling Access program can request help from LISS.

What can I use the LISS funding for?

LISS provides funding for services and items to help with a need.  Funding has been used to help with:

  • Going out in the community
  • Meeting people
  • A job
  • Buying special equipment, devices, or food (dietary supplements);
  • Paying for medical cost
  • Training
  • Taking medication
  • Participating in recreational and social activities
  • Working with money
  • Bathing, cleaning, dressing, and other personal activities
  • Paying for camp
  • Paying for specialized dietary items.
  • Making your home accessible
  • Learning how to advocate for your needs
  • Transportation
  • Making meals
  • Dental cost
  • Talking  about your feelings and concerns

LISS can also pay for other things not listed above.

Here are some things that LISS cannot pay for which include:

  • Case management
    • Gift cards
    • Presents – like you would get for a birthday or during Christmas
    • Rent
    • Toys
    • Tuition to attend a semester of college
    • Vacations
    • Gas for a car
    • Car tires
    • Car registration
    • Car violations like tickets and fines
    • Items paid for by private insurance or Medical Assistance or other programs.

Note:  Individuals may request an exception for an item or service if the request is related to the unique disability needs

How much funding is available for a person or family?

The program can provide up to $3,000 per individual.  DDA can waive this cap.  There are typically more requests for LISS than there is available funding.  Decisions about how much LISS funding a person or family may receive is based on the services needed and available funding.  Not all requests are funded at the maximum amount.  Sometimes funding runs out.

Should I ask for things to equal $3,000?

People and families should ask for the help which meets their needs.  People may make multiple requests for funding throughout the year and across multiple years.

Can I just ask for money?

No.  You need to have a need for a service or item.  The program does not give money directly to individuals.

If a funding request must be approved by DDA, what is the process and timeline for a response?

Occasionally, you may have a need for funds greater than $3,000.  Fill out the LISS Request Form and submit it to the LISS provider in your area.  The LISS provider will contact the DDA’s Regional Director who will review the request.  (Note: Additional information may be requested.)  A final decision will be made no later than five (5) business days.

Will available funds be reserved until the applicant receives a response?

Yes, LISS funds will be reserved until a decision is made.

Can I receive other DDA services and apply for LISS?

Yes.  However, individualsreceiving “full residential services” funded by DDA cannot use LISS funds because these services should be meeting all your needs.  Full residential services means services provided by a DDA license agency in a Group Home or Alternative Living Unit (ALU).  It does not include services provided in a Community Supported Living Arrangement (CSLA) setting.

Is there an appeal process?

Yes, all decisions affecting services and eligibility may be appealed.You or your representative have the right to appeal a decision either by requesting a formal hearing before an Administrative Law Judge OR an informal hearing before a designee of the Secretary of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) in accordance with the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) 10.22.16.  You must make your appeal in writing within 45 days of the date of a denial.   To file an appeal contact Earl Beatty at BeattyE@dhmh.state.md.us or 410-767-5610

Where is LISS in DDA’s regulations?

LISS is noted in DDA’s “Eligibility for and Access to Community Services for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities” COMAR: 10.22.12.03B (20) COMAR 10.22.06 is DDA’s regulation for “Family and Individual Support Services(FISS) Program Service Plan.”Additional information related to Family and Individual Support Services can be found in Maryland Health-General Article “Family Support Services Program” §7-701-4 and “Individual Support Services Program” §7-706-8

Why is the program considered the “payor of last resort”?

LISS is in accordance with Family and Individual Support Services (COMAR 10.22.06.) We are required by state law (Maryland Health-General Article §7-703(c)) to coordinate and assist individuals in seeking service from other applicable federal and local programs before using DDA program funds.

 

Low Intensity Support Services Providers

County LISS Provider
Allegany Penn-Mar Human Services
Toll Free: 1-877-282-8202
Web Address: http://www.penn-mar.org
Anne Arundel Humanim, Inc.
Toll-Free: 1-877-230-4951
Web Address: http://www.humanim.com or Penn-Mar Human Services
Toll Free: 1-877-282-8202
Web Address: http://www.penn-mar.org
Baltimore City Humanim, Inc.
Toll-Free: 1-877-230-4951
Web Address: http://www.humanim.comor Penn-Mar Human Services
Toll Free: 1-877-282-8202
Web Address: http://www.penn-mar.org
Baltimore County Humanim, Inc.
Toll-Free: 1-877-230-4951
Web Address: http://www.humanim.comor Penn-Mar Human Services
Toll Free: 1-877-282-8202
Web Address: http://www.penn-mar.org
Calvert Maryland Community Connection Toll Free: 1-877-622-6688
Web Address: www.marylandcommunityconnection.orgor Arc of Prince George’s County, Inc.
Toll Free: 1-877-967-5272
Web Address: www.thearcofpgc.org
Caroline Epilepsy Association of Eastern Shore
Telephone: (410)543-0665
Web Address: http://www.eaes.org
Carroll Penn-Mar Human Services
Toll Free: 1-877-282-8202
Web Address: http://www.penn-mar.org
Cecil Epilepsy Association of Eastern Shore
Telephone: (410)543-0665
Web Address: http://www.eaes.org
Charles MarylandCommunity Connection Toll Free: 1-877-622-6688
Web Address: www.marylandcommunityconnection.orgor Arc of Prince George’s County, Inc.
Toll Free: 1-877-967-5272
Web Address: www.thearcofpgc.org
Dorchester Epilepsy Association of Eastern Shore
Telephone: (410)543-0665
Web Address: http://www.eaes.org
Frederick Penn-Mar Human Services
Toll Free: 1-877-282-8202
Web Address: http://www.penn-mar.org
Garrett Penn-Mar Human Services
Toll Free: 1-877-282-8202
Web Address: http://www.penn-mar.org
Harford Humanim, Inc.
Toll-Free: 1-877-230-4951
Web Address: http://www.humanim.comor Penn-Mar Human Services
Toll Free: 1-877-282-8202
Web Address: http://www.penn-mar.org
Howard Humanim, Inc.
Toll-Free: 1-877-230-4951
Web Address: http://www.humanim.comor Penn-Mar Human Services
Toll Free: 1-877-282-8202
Web Address: http://www.penn-mar.org
Kent Epilepsy Association of Eastern Shore
Telephone: (410)543-0665
Web Address: http://www.eaes.org
Montgomery Maryland Community Connection                     Toll Free: 1-877-622-6688
Web Address: www.marylandcommunityconnection.orgArc of Prince George’s County, Inc.
Toll Free: 1-877-967-5272
Web Address: www.thearcofpgc.org
Prince George’s Maryland Community Connection                   Toll Free: 1-877-622-6688
Web Address: www.marylandcommunityconnection.orgArc of Prince George’s County, Inc.
Toll Free: 1-877-967-5272
Web Address: www.thearcofpgc.orgor
Queen Anne’s Epilepsy Association of Eastern Shore
Telephone: (410)543-0665
Web Address: http://www.eaes.org
St. Mary’s Maryland Community Connection Toll Free: 1-877-622-6688
Web Address: www.marylandcommunityconnection.orgor Arc of Prince George’s County, Inc.
Toll Free: 1-877-967-5272
Web Address: www.thearcofpgc.org
Somerset Epilepsy Association of Eastern Shore
Telephone: (410)543-0665
Web Address: http://www.eaes.org
Talbot Epilepsy Association of Eastern Shore
Telephone: (410)543-0665
Web Address: http://www.eaes.org
Washington Penn-Mar Human Services
Toll Free: 1-877-282-8202
Web Address: http://www.penn-mar.org
Wicomico Epilepsy Association of Eastern Shore
Telephone: (410)543-0665
Web Address: http://www.eaes.org
Worcester Epilepsy Association of Eastern Shore
Telephone: (410)543-0665
Web Address: http://www.eaes.org