• Multnomah County Developmental Disability Services

    What is Developmental Disability Services?

    DD Services is a community developmental disability program contracted by the State of Oregon to provide people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities specialized case management services.

    Who is Eligible for Disability Services?

    A person is considered for eligibility if they are identified through the Oregon Administrative Rules (OARs)Oregon Administrative Rules (OARs) as having an Intellectual Disability or a Developmental Disability.

    What is the OAR Definition of Developmental Disabilities?

    Anyone who meets the criteria of Intellectual Disability/Developmental Disability (ID/DD) attributable to a neurological disabling condition that requires training or support similar to that required by individuals with ID/DD while having significant adaptive deficits are eligible, when these conditions occurred prior to age 18 for ID/DD or age 22 for a Developmental Disability other than Intellectual Disability.
     
    The table below depicts the OAR definitions of ID/DD as defined in OAR 411-320-0080.
     
     

    Intellectual Disability

    Other Developmental Disabilities

     1. Must be determined to be in place by the 18th birthday.

     1. Must be determined to be in place by the 22nd birthdate.

     2. IQ 69 is cap for clearly defining Intellectual Disability.

     2. IQ scores are not used in verifying the presence of a non-intellectual disability developmental.

     3. IQ span 70-75 may be eligible as a person with Intellectual Disability if; a significant impairment to adaptive functioning exists that is directly related to issues of intellectual disabilities.

     3. Must have either an official medical or clinical diagnosis of the disability, and a significant impairment to adaptive functioning that is directly related to the specific disability.

     4. This adaptive impairment cannot be primarily related to any of the following: 

    ·         Mental/emotional disorder

    ·         Sensory impairments

    ·         Substance abuse

    ·         Personality disorder

    ·         Learning disability

    ·         ADHD

    4. This adaptive impairment cannot be primarily related to any of the following:

    ·         Mental/emotional disorder

    ·         Sensory impairments

    ·         Substance abuse

    ·         Personality disorder

    ·         Learning disability

    ·         ADHD

     

    5. In the state of Oregon, the developmental disability must have its genesis in the brain.

    6. The support needs of the person must be similar to that required by individuals with intellectual disability. (e.g. self-care, receptive language, expressive language)

     

     

    What is the process of accessing DD Services?

    The table below outlines the referral process to apply for DD Services.
     

    Referral

    • Referrals can be made over the phone, via email, via the mail or by others who refer on behalf of someone.
    • A person referring on behalf of the family must have the permission of the family prior to referring.
    • A referral can be made through Multnomah County 503-988-6258.

    An Intake Eligibility Specialist will contact the family.

    The Intake Eligibility Specialist will meet the family.

    • Do an interview with the family
    • Complete the enrollment paperwork
    • Obtain Release of Information for pertinent medical and educational records.
    If the student is eligible see below:   If student is not eligible see below:

    A case-manager is assigned. Their role is to ensure coordination of protective services

    • Refer client to services (such as respite card, behavior support, etc.)
    • Coordinate access to services
    • Support transition through vocational support and collaboration with the schools
    • Support jobs and work skills.
     

    You can request a contested case hearing


     

    Guiding Principles

      • Providing every opportunity to involve individuals that we serve in decision making processes and respecting the individual's right to make life choices.
      • Striving for a healthy and safe environment.
    • Providing timely response to customer needs.
    • Ensuring culturally sensitive services and supports are provided in the least restrictive setting possible.
    • Providing leadership that supports creativity designed to continually improve systems and services.
    • Creating, evaluating and maintaining transparent processes.
    • Being good stewards of public funds