Most services are not an entitlement, which means that being eligible for DDA does not automatically result in enrollment for services. There can be a long wait, but it’s important to take the first step, which is applying for a determination of DDA eligibility.
Before applying, be sure to read the FAQ section at the bottom of the page for some great information on what a developmental disability is as defined by law and what kind of documentation is required.
You've just been notified your child is eligible for DDA services. Now what? Learn what to expect and how to prepare for an annual service planning meeting with your DDA Case Manager in this new video.
Nearly all services delivered through the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) are through a federal Home & Community Based Services (HCBS) waiver. DDA has five different waivers, each with its own set of services and funding limits.
There are numerous services and programs administered by DDA, but before participating, you must be eligible for services. Of course this means paperwork - information to be gathered and forms to be filled out and submitted but the effort is worth it.
The service systems for people with disabilities can be difficult to understand and navigate. This site provides a comparison (and printable side by side bulletin) to show the many services available to individuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities and those with other/functional disabilities.