Maryland's Developmental Disabilities Administration implemented pilot self-determination projects in two sites, suburban Howard County in central Maryland and western Maryland's Garrett, Allegany and Washington counties. The goal of the projects was to give people with developmental disabilities and their families greater control over the services they received.
The project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's (RWJF) national program, Self-Determination for People with Developmental Disabilities.
In the second year of the grant, 1998, the state allocated $118 million over five years to reduce the number of people with developmental disabilities waiting for services.
The project accomplished the following:
The Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council, a federally funded organization representing the interests of people with developmental disabilities and their families, paid for two studies of Maryland's initiative.