IRC – Rate Setting Reform Efforts

​The Interagency Rates Committee (IRC) is currently involved in revising Maryland's rate-setting process. As indicated in the IRC response to the Joint Chairmen's Report on the FY 2014 State Operating Budget and the State Capital Budget and related Recommendations, it was recommended that Maryland rethink its current rate system in order to better align service needs with an appropriate rate structure (see link to report below).

The IRC determined that a multi-phase process was necessary to complete this work. The goal of the IRC to engage in an ambitious, collaborative process that will enable Maryland to reform the current rate setting system in order to continue to move forward was initiated.

Rate reform efforts began through a series of workgroups to facilitate the planning and development of recommendations for the reform process. The goal was to share information, analyze data, engage in collaborative discussion, and develop recommendations for a revised rate setting system. Workgroups charged with the various elements of the work were developed. Membership of these workgroups included private providers, stakeholders, State Agencies, and national experts to focus on each of the core elements of the rate setting system.

Ongoing Efforts:

Levels of Care:
Providers were recently invited to sign up and participate on sub-groups that will focus on the development of Levels of Care. This sub-group is meeting on Friday, September 30, 2016 at 9:30. Participating providers have been notified ofthe meeting location.

Technical Assistance Forums
The IRC invited providers to engage in a conversation about their technical assistance needs and the most effective ways to provide technical assistance. Forums were held on July 27 and July 28, 2016.

Additional opportunities for provider and stakeholder input will be identified, as appropriate. As meetings are scheduled, details will be emailed to providers and posted on the IRC website home page.

Information Links:
IRC Response to the 2014 Joint Chairmen's Report

Stakeholder & Workgroup Information

*For general questions about rate setting reform efforts, please contact
Tennille Thomas ( or
Sheila Philip (

Contact Information

Maryland State Department of Education
Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services
Interagency Collaboration Branch - IRC
Attention:  Sheila Philip
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone:  410-767-0233
Fax:      410-333-0298