SDAN has been working with both houses of the Maryland legislature to pass a bill supporting, restoring and protecting self-direction in Maryland.  It is HB-318 in the House of Delegates, where it is being considered in the Health and Government Operations (HGO) Committee (testimony given 1/26/21).  In the Senate, it is SB-441, and we will be testifying on 2/16/21.  SDAN is very grateful to our sponsors- Delegate Karen Lewis Young in the House of Delegates and Senator Susan Lee in the Senate.  If you happen to be in their districts, please thank them for their support of self-direction.

To learn more about this bill, and the concerns leading to this legislation, please watch THIS VIDEO.

To view SDAN’s testimony in the House of Delegates, watch THIS VIDEO.

FAQs about the bill can be found HERE .


  1. Sign up on our mailing list so that we can keep you informed on this and other matters relating to Self-direction HERE.
  2. Tell us your story.  We are building a library of stories about participants who self-direct their DDA Medicaid-waiver services.  Suggestions and examples HERE.
  3. Support our bill.  You can go to the Maryland Legislature Website and register a “FAVORABLE” opinion and/or upload your story as written testimony.  Instructions how to do this HERE.