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Intake and eligibility for services for people with Developmental Disabilities

Frequently asked questions about eligibility for Developmental Disability services. Call 503-557-2824 for a free intake consultation.

What is a Developmental Disability?

A Developmental Disability is a neurological condition that primarily affects the brain.  It originates in childhood and significantly impacts adaptive behavior, or everyday living skills.  Developmental disabilities may include Intellectual Disability, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Epilepsy and other neurologically disabling conditions.  Please contact the Intake Line for questions about other qualifying neurological conditions.

What conditions are not considered Developmental Disabilities?

Conditions such as mental or emotional disorder, sensory impairment, substance abuse, personality disorder, learning disability, or ADHD are not considered qualifying developmental disability diagnoses that can be used to determine eligibility.  For questions about qualifying conditions please call the DD Intake Line.

Who is eligible for Developmental Disability (DD) services?

Eligibility is determined by gathering an applicant's developmental history and all historical documentation to determine if they meet requirements outlined in the Oregon Administrative Rules. (OAR 411-320-0020 – Definitions and OAR 411-320-0080 (1) (16).

Eligibility documentation for school-age children and adults is reviewed to determine if they meet either the intellectual disability criteria or other developmental disability criteria.  Intellectual disability criteria is determined by scores on standardized IQ testing and adaptive behavior assessments; while eligibility for  other developmental disabilities is determined by diagnostic information and scores on standardized adaptive behavior assessments.  Please contact the Intake Line for questions about eligibility and criteria for young children.

How do I apply for services through the Developmental Disabilities Program? 

An Intake Application for Developmental Disabilities Services may be obtained by calling the Clackamas County Developmental Disabilities Intake Line.  Be prepared to leave your contact information (phone and mailing address) along with any other information or questions you may have.  If your call is not immediately answered by an Eligibility support person, one will get back to you.

How do I refer an individual to the Developmental Disability Program?

Anyone can make a referral for individuals living in Clackamas County as long as the individual or their legal guardian has granted permission.  Referrals can be made by calling the Clackamas County Developmental Disabilities Intake Line.

I have specific questions before I decide whether to apply.

Call the Clackamas County Developmental Disabilities Intake Line if you have any questions about DD services, eligibility criteria, or the application process.  Our staff is ready to provide assistance throughout the intake process as needed.  

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