Interagency Collaboration Branch

​The Interagency Collaboration Branch coordinates multiple statewide service initiatives for children and students, age birth through 21, in collaboration with the Maryland Department of Health, Human Services/Department of Social Services, Department of Disabilities, and Department of Juvenile Services. The Branch implements and manages the Maryland Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services Waiver for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (Autism Waiver) and other health related Medicaid programs for children and youth.

Branch responsibilities include:

  • Technical assistance and monitoring of Autism Waiver and Medicaid services offered by local school systems, special education nonpublic schools, and other public and private agencies;
  • Intergovernmental Transfer of State funds to the Maryland Department of Health for collaborative services, communication on federal and state Medicaid regulations, training and technical assistance to local school systems on student behavior;
  • Implementation of evidence-based practices and interventions; and
  • Administering the rate setting process for residential child-care providers, child placement agencies, and nonresidential child care programs.

The Interagency Collaboration Branch is also responsible for technical assistance and staff support for the Special Education State Advisory Committee (SESAC), the provision of differentiated technical support focused on areas of significant disproportionality, and coordination of multiagency initiatives that support children with special needs and their families.

Contact Information

Carmen A Brown, LCSW-C, Branch Chief
Interagency Collaboration Branch
Phone: 410-767-7197

Tiffany Noël Hiob, Ed.D., Section Chief
Autism Waiver and Health Related Services
Phone: 410-767-0258

Vacant, Section Chief
Interagency Initiatives
Chair, Interagency Rates Committee
Phone: 410-767-0233

Maryland State Department of Education
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Fax: 410-333-0298