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Developmental Disabilities Waiver

The Developmental Disabilities (DD) Waiver provides funding for home and community-based services for children and adults with developmental disabilities or related conditions.

Assessed waiver service needs, as identified in the person's service plan, may be provided in a person's own home, in his/her biological or adoptive family's home, in a relative's home (e.g., sibling, aunt, grandparent, etc.), in a family foster care home or corporate foster care home.

Who is eligible for DD Waiver services?

Eligibility for DD Waiver services is determined through a screening process. To be eligible for DD Waiver services, a person must meet all these criteria:

  • Be determined to have a developmental disability or related condition
  • Be determined to likely require the level of care provided to individuals in an Intermediate Care Facility for Persons with Developmental Disabilities (ICF/DD)
  • Be eligible for Medical Assistance
  • Make an informed choice requesting home and community-based services instead of ICF/DD services

What else is important for participation in the DD Waiver?

Once eligibility is determined for participation in the DD Waiver, certain questions must be asked about services including:

  • Are the services necessary to ensure the person's health, welfare and safety?
  • Have all options been assessed and does this option meet the desires, needs and preferences of the person?
  • Is the cost of the service considered reasonable and customary?
  • Is the service covered by any other funding source, for example, Medical Assistance state plan services, private health care coverage, Medicare, education or Vocational Rehabilitation Service funding?
  • Will the services address skill development and/or skill maintenance?

The number of people that may be served through the DD Waiver can vary depending on the federally approved plan and state legislative funding levels.

How can persons apply for the DD Waiver?

You can apply for the DD Waiver at your local county agency or tribe (PDF). For more information, view the Developmental Disabilities Waiver fact sheet (PDF).


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