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Interagency Rates Committee

Rate Setting Reform

The Interagency Rates Committee (IRC) is exploring revisions to Maryland’s rate-setting process. As indicated in the 2013 Joint Chairmen’s Report, it is recommended that Maryland renovate its current rate system to better meet the needs of our children. Revising Maryland’s rate-setting system will bring it into line with many other states and result in fiscal benefits, improved service delivery and performance outcomes that benefit the State, the children we serve, and residential providers.

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


Rates Reform Revision Process

The IRC has convened the Rates Reform Stakeholders Workgroup to facilitate the planning and development of recommendations for the reform process. The goal of this workgroup and its members is to share, analyze data, engage in a collaborative discussion, and develop recommendation for a revised rate setting system. During the process the work will be broken into elements that will be tackled one step at a time. Working teams will be developed with membership from private providers, stakeholders, state agencies and national experts to focus on each of the core elements of the rate setting system.


Element Workgroups

Element 1- Model Development: Shanda Crowder & Anita Wilkins
Element 2- Methodology Elements: Darlene Ham, Ertha Sterling-Garrett, & Caroline Jones
Element 3– Rate Structure: Dan Feller & Tennille Thomas
Element 4- Regulation: Patricia Arriaza
Element 5- Implementation Planning: Interagency Rates Committee
Element 6- Implementation: Interagency Rates Committee

Element workgroup updates and relevant materials will be listed on the Rate Setting Reform Materials page.

If you are interested in participating on any of the core element working teams listed above, please contact the working team chair.

For general questions about the rate setting reform process, please send your inquiries to email


Rates Reform Revision Stakeholders Workgroup Meetings*

Date Meeting Materials
March 10, 2014 Agenda/Meeting Minutes
April 7, 2014 Agenda/Meeting Minutes
May 13, 2014 Agenda/Meeting Minutes
June 2, 2014 Agenda/Meeting Minutes


Proposed Future Meeting Dates

    • May 13, 2014- 11:00 a.m.-1:00 pm
    • June 2, 2014- 2:00-4:00 pm
    • July 14, 2014- 2:00-4:00 pm – CANCELLED
    • August 11, 2014- 2:00-4:00 pm
    • September 8, 2014- 2:00-4:00 pm
    • October 6, 2014- 2:00-4:00 pm

All meetings will be held at the Department of Human Resources, 311 W. Saratoga Street, Baltimore, MD 21201, 5th Floor Conference Room from 2-4 pm.

*Agendas, meeting minutes and handouts will be uploaded to this page as they become available.