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The Developmental Disabilities Administration provides a coordinated service delivery system so that individuals with developmental disabilities receive appropriate services oriented toward the goal of integration into the community. These services are provided through a combination of state residential centers (provi​ding services to individuals with intellectual disability) and a wide array of community based services delivered primarily through a network of non-profit providers.

DDA's Mission

The DDA partners with people with developmental disabilities to provide leadership and resources to live fulfilling lives.

DDA's Vision

All Marylander’s lead personally defined and fulfilling lives.


People with developmental disabilities...

  • direct their lives;
  • have viable support options; and,
  • have information to make decisions.

Regional Offices

State Residential Centers

At the State Residential Centers, respite service is available for eligible non-residents of the Center when parents and guardians need relief from the care of the individual. Respite Services help families meet emergency needs and/or fulfill vacation plans. Responsible, temporary care is provided at all the centers to meet these requests up to 28 consecutive days limited to a 45-day total in each year.