Services for People with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities

The Developmental Disabilities Program serves eligible adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities that live in Clackamas County. Services include service coordination, abuse investigation, intake and eligibility, and program development.

We strive to respect and maintain the health, safety, and dignity of the people we support. If you are interested in joining our community advisory council, please visit the Social Services Community Boards and Advisory Committees page.

Main Number 503-655-8640
Intake and Eligibility 503-557-2824

What Services are Available?

The Developmental Disabilities program provides a variety of services. Eligibility for specific programs varies based on individual need and circumstance.

Services for adults

Services for children

Reporting abuse and neglect

Visit our abuse and neglect page if you are concerned that someone you know with an Intellectual or Developmental Disability may be abused, neglected, or harmed.

Interested in providing help and support to someone with a Developmental Disability?

Visit our support page to find out how you can get involved, including information on becoming a foster parent of a child with IDD.

What if I'm not happy with my services?

Visit our complaints reporting page if you have any issues and concerns that need to be addressed.

Eligibility for services

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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