Developmental disabilities are lifelong mental or developmental disabilities that start before the age of 22.
Want to find out if you or someone you know is eligible for services?
The steps to eligibility:
1. Call (513) 794-3300 and ask for Intake. If the person is under three, contact Help Me Grow at (513) 281-GROW.
2. Provide Proof of Disability. The most recent school, medical, and psychological reports will have proof that a person has a disability. Families are asked to gather these records. Guardians will need to provide Probate Court records showing their proof of appointment.
3. Visit and Overview. The Intake Department will send an evaluator to meet with you or your family member. They will listen and ask questions using state tools to evaluate eligibility. They will review a persons abilities in mobility, learning, self-care, self-direction, communication, capacity for independent living and economic self-sufficiency (ages 16 and up only.) Infants up to age two can receive services if they have one delay. Kids three to six must have two delays. Those six and up must have a confirmed disability starting before age 22 and functional delays in three or more areas.
Eligibility requirements change at ages three, six, and 16. This means you or your family member might not always be eligible for services.
4. Eligible or not eligible. The timeline of the intake process depends on how quickly records and interviews can be collected, and whether the health and safety of you or your family member is at risk.You will receive a letter in the mail that tells you if you or your family member is eligible. If eligible, services can begin.Your letter will include the name of your Service Facilitator, who will coordinate your services, and you can start by calling them.
If you are not found eligible, the agency will try to help you find other services.