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Questions & Answers

Please check back often to see answers to more of your frequently asked questions.

What is a developmental disability?

Developmental Disability means a severe chronic disability that:
  • is due to a physical or mental impairment, (other than sole diagnosis of mental illness) or to a combination of mental and physical impairments;
  • is likely to continue indefinitely;
  • occurred before 22 years of age;
  • results in an inability to live independently without external support or continuing and regular assistance; and
  • reflects the need for a combination of individualized services.

What does the Resource Coordinator do?

A Resource Coordinator helps people and their families to find the most appropriate services and supports within available resources once they have been authorized for services funded by the Developmental Disabilities Administration. The Resource Coordinator will:
  • help each person to explore their preferences, interests, experiences, and opportunities;
  • support people in sharing what they want (their desired outcomes) with their planning team;
  • assist people in their effort to find the right services and supports;
  • advocate with individuals to assure protection of rights;
  • monitor and act as a third-party advocate for implementation of and satisfaction with services, as well as assurance of health and safety. 

How do I apply for services?

To apply for services through the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA), you must fill out a DDA application and submit the application to your DDA Regional Office. An application can be obtained by visiting the DDA website or calling your DDA Regional Office.

If I have services, how do I request a new service or a change in my services?

Let your Resource Coordinator know that you would like to request a change in services or a new service. The Coordinator will work with you and your team to address the request.

Any person receiving services, or a member of the person's support team, may request a service change at any time. A meeting is required for discussion of the request; you decide who participates in the meeting; most often this includes the active planning team. The meeting discussion should include all available options and input from all members of the team.

Who makes the decision about the request?

Decisions are made by the DDA. A signed letter from DDA authorizing the requested change is required prior to implementation of any change in services. You may appeal any such denial; (appeal rights information is included with DDA's letter of denial).

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