The Office of Developmental Disabilities Services (ODDS) offers supports to children and families ranging from in-home family support, intensive in-home supports and 24-hour services in foster care or residential placement. Services offered have specific eligibility standards and are usually accessed through the local Community Developmental Disabilities Programs (CDDP) .
An Individual Support Plan is established with each child and their family to identify supports provided based upon their health and safety needs, interests, choices and goals. Each plan uses as a person-centered planning process. For youth transitioning to adult services, it's also important to understand and learn more about supported decision-making and how it allows a person with a disability to make choices about their life.
For more information read our Services for Children with IDD Brochure
Service coordination support is provided to any child with developmental disabilities not enrolled in any other funded service by the CDDP County Services Coordinators meet at least annually with each person to review their current situation, identify needs, and make referrals for essential services.
Family support provides assistance to families caring for their children with developmental disabilities at home. The program addresses the unique needs that arise when a child has a developmental disability. Through the family support program, families determine what they need most. Families have the flexibility to choose services and providers. The program strives to help children and families remain independent, healthy and safe.
Children's Intensive In-Home Services (CIIS)
Children's Intensive In-Home Services (CIIS) was developed in response to the needs of families caring for their children with intensive medical or behavioral needs at home. Service Coordinators for the program collaborate with individual families statewide to identify and assess needed supports. They then work together to develop plans of support while coordinating with other government and community agencies.
In-Home Supports for Children
In-home supports are provided to eligible children living in their family home to help them remain in their home and be engaged in the community. A child and their family are assisted to direct a person centered plan and budget and arrange for needed services.
Foster care for children with developmental disabilities provides 24 hours of support and services in a family home, but not in the home of the parent or guardian. Certified and trained foster families assist children with their activities of daily living, providing supervision and guidance in a nurturing setting to maintain the child's health and safety while working to increase levels of self confidence and independence. Foster providers support children in their school programs, in community activities, in adult transition planning and when it is a part of the child's individual plan, maintaining connection with the child's family.
Residential care consists of group homes in local communities providing 24-hour supports, supervision and training to children with developmental disabilities. Group homes for children have 24-hour awake staffing. Services are planned, delivered and supervised within a framework of maintaining and improving child health and safety while working to increase each child's level of independence and self-confidence. Residential providers support children in their treatment, school programs, adult transition planning and, when it is a part of the child's individual plan, preserving connection with their families.
These family homes serve one to two children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. These children need more support than their family or foster home provide. A Host Home family serves as a child's caregiver. The family helps the child meet their goals. They support the child's family connections. An agency provides additional staff to assist in Host Homes. For more information, contact the Host Homes coordinator.