Policy and Accountability Branch

​Functions and Responsibilities


The Policy and Accountability Branch assists local lead agencies, local school systems, and public agencies in the development, revision, and implementation of policies, procedures, and practices for the provision of early intervention services and special education and related services, as required under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR). The Branch fulfills the role of federal liaison to the Office Of Special Education Programs (OSEP) for Part C and Part B of the IDEA.  It is the Branch’s responsibility to lead the Maryland Infants and Toddlers Program (MITP), to manage the Part C and Part B database systems, and to develop Statewide resource documents, guidelines, and technical assistance materials.  The Branch coordinates cross-divisional teams, the State Interagency Coordinating Council (SICC), the Special Education State Advisory Committee (SESAC),and other stakeholders to develop and submit federal Part C and Part B 618 data, and the Part C and the Part B State Performance Plan (SPP) and Annual Performance Report (APR) to the OSEP.  The Branch is charged with aligning Part C and Part B general supervision and oversight responsibilities by developing and implementing a data-informed, differentiated, birth through 21 monitoring system focused on results driven accountability.

Unofficial Working Draft of the Maryland Infants & Toddlers Program (MITP) Regulations


Contact Information


Alma McPherson, Chief
Policy and Accountability Branch
Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services
Maryland State Department of Education
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone:      410-767-0249
TTY/TDD:      410-333-6442
Fax:      410-333-1571
Email:      alma.mcpherson@maryland.gov