Interagency Rates Committee

The Interagency Rates Committee (IRC) is composed of representatives from the Department of Budget and Management, Department of Health, Department of Human Services, Department of Juvenile Services, Governor's Office for Children and Maryland State Department of Education. The IRC is charged with developing and operating a rate process for residential child care and child placement agency programs that is fair, equitable and predictable. The IRC has developed and adopted a rate methodology that can be applied equitably across a broad range of residential child care and child placement agency programs based on peer program comparisons. To assist new and existing providers with the rate application process, we have provided the forms and instructions needed to complete the rate process. All forms must be completed and signed prior to submitting to the Interagency Rates Structure Section at the Maryland State Department of Education.

FY 2024 Rate Setting Links & Resources

IRC - FY 2024 Forms & Instructions

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·         FY 2024 Provider Instructions

·         FY 2024 Cost Guidelines

·         Levels of Intensity Manual

·         FY 2024 Levels of Intensity Score Sheet Instructions

·         FY 2024 Staffing Pattern Grid Instructions

·         Maryland Residential Rehabilitation and Treatment Foster Care Services Description of Provider Type and Service Array

Rate Reform Efforts

The Interagency Rates Committee (IRC) is currently involved in revising Maryland's rate-setting process.

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. For information on these efforts, please contact the Social Services Administration at the Department of Human Resources.

·         FY 2023 Quality Service Reform Initiative Update Presentation


Last update 6/28/2022

Contact Information

Interagency Collaboration - IRC
Maryland State Department of Education
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

Carmen A. Brown, LCSW-C
Branch Chief, Interagency  Collaboration
MD State Department of Education
Division of Early Intervention/ 
  Special Education Services
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
410-767-7197 (office)
410-333-1571 (fax)