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Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities


The Office of Developmental Disabilities Services (ODDS) supports more than 30,000 adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) in Oregon.

ODDS contracts with local Community Developmental Disabilities Programs (CDDPs) and Support Services Brokerages to provide case management and other services for children and adults with I/DD.

Oregon’s services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are focused on in-home community supports and residential homes in the community. Residential settings include I/DD foster homes and 24-hour residential group homes. The number of individuals residing in each home is on average three to four. Group homes are run by an agency using rotating staff shifts. Adult I/DD foster care homes are owned by an individual who may also live in the home along with the residents.

Here is the major guidance provided to protect people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and support our providers.

  • ODDS issued a “COVID-19 Scenarios Tool” for use by all case management entities and providers, providing instructions on COVID-19 case reporting and required actions by the providers, case management entities and ODDS. Data accuracy depends on compliance with instructions.
  • Stay at Home and Executive Order policy order
  • Essential Work during Stay at Home Order
  • Restricting visitors to 24-hour residential group homes and adult foster homes policy.
  • Letter on Stay at Home to families
  • Letter to families for individuals in 24-hour residential group homes, adult foster care or supported living
  • Letter to individuals receiving in-home services
  • Video explaining the Stay at Home order, targeted to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Video on staying healthy and guidance on COVID-19 for people with I/DD
  • Podcast about COVID-19 and services

Cases of COVID-19 in I/DD Foster Homes and Group Homes
Per policy, all ODDS providers are required to have an emergency plan with protocols in place for keeping people safe. They are also taking extra precautions. These are cases of COVID-19 reported by the agency providers to ODDS. Group homes and I/DD foster settings typically have about 3-4 individuals residing in each home. To protect individuals’ privacy we are providing general information, updated monthly, about homes reporting ​a resident or staff member with COVID-19.