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Developmental Disabilities Eligibility

What is a developmental disability?

Developmental disability means a neurological condition that:

  • Must have its origin in and directly affect the brain
  • Must be established prior to the age of 22, or in the case of mental retardation the condition must be determined before 18 years of age
  • Must be expected to last indefinitely
  • Must result in significant impairments in at least two areas of daily functioning: self care, communication, cognitive, mobility, self direction, capacity for independent living and economic self sufficiency
  • The impairments must not be primarily related to: mental illness, substance abuse, an emotional disorder, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), a learning disability or sensory impairment

The most common developmental disabilities include: mental retardation, Down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and fetal alcohol effect or fetal alcohol syndrome.

Also see: OAR 411-320-0020 

How is eligibility determined?

Each Community Developmental Disability Program (CDDP) is responsible for determining eligibility. The eligibility worker in your county will assist you through the eligibility process and help you obtain the necessary documents that will be needed to see if you are eligible. Once the eligibility worker has collected all the necessary information, he or she will review it to see if you qualify. OAR 411-320-0080 Eligibility Rule OAR 411-320-0175 Hearings for Developmental Disability Services Eligibility.

Also see:  Access, and Adult Services and Supports to Children with Developmental Disabilities

Eligibility for school age children uses the same criteria as adults.

How long does it take to determine if I am eligible?

It depends. If the necessary documents are readily available, a decision could be made in a matter of days. If new testing is required, or documents are needed from various sources, it could take longer. Before you can receive any funded services through the CDDP you must be determined eligible. Once a determination of your eligibility has been made you will receive a letter in the mail indicating the eligibility decision.

Is there an appeal process if I’m not found eligible?

Yes, if you are dissatisfied with eligibility determination, you may request a contested case hearing. The process of requesting is outlined within your notification for eligibility. OAR 411-320-0170 (2)(c)(B)

How do I apply for developmental disabilities services?

To apply, contact the Community Developmental Disabilities Program in your county who will assist you with the application process. The application is available in English, Spanish, Russian and Vietnamese.

English - PDF / Word
Spanish - Word 
Russian - Word
Vietnamese - Word

Anyone can make a referral to a Community Developmental Disabilities Program with the permission of the individual or his or her legal representative.

For more information:

Contact your Community Developmental Disabilities Program office

Access the Oregon Administrative Rules regarding DD eligibility