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Division of Developmental Disabilities
Eligibility for Services

To receive services funded through the New Jersey Department of Human Services’ Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD), an individual must:

  • apply and be determined to meet the functional criteria of having a developmental disability (see Division Circular 3 or NJSA 30:6D-25(b) and NJAC 10:46)
  • be Medicaid eligible and maintain Medicaid eligibility
  • establish that New Jersey is the applicant's primary residence at the time of application   

In general, to meet the functional criteria of having a developmental disability, an individual must document that they have a chronic physical and/or intellectual disability that: 

  • manifests in the developmental years, before age 22, and 
  • is lifelong in nature, and
  • substantially limits the individual in at least three of these areas of life activity: self-care; learning; mobility; communication; self-direction; economic self-sufficiency; and the ability to live independently.

An individual must be 18 years of age or older to be evaluated by DDD for functional eligibility for services.

An individual must be 21 years of age or older and be Medicaid eligible to receive services from DDD. 

Application for Eligibility

To be evaluated for elgibility for DDD-funded services, DDD's Application for Eligibility must be completed and submitted:

The completed Application for Eligibility, including all signed forms and related documentation, must be mailed to the Community Services Office that serves the applicant's county of residence, and addressed to Division of Developmental Disabilities Intake.

A family member or other interested person can assist an individual in completing DDD's Application for Eligibility, but cannot apply on the individual's behalf.

Please see DDD's Notice of Non-Discrimination and Language Assistance Services for Individuals with Limited English Proficiency.

Application Questions or Problems

If you have questions about whether or not you/your loved one meets the criteria to be eligible for DDD-funded services or need assistance completing the application, you can contact the Community Services Office that serves the county in which the applicant lives. A DDD Intake Worker will talk with you about your situation and, if needed, guide you through the application process.

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

If you have questions or a complaint about your privacy rights related to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), you can contact a HIPAA Privacy Officer.

There may be additional HIPAA forms which you have to submit. Once you speak with an Intake Worker any additional forms will be included in the packet forwarded to you. 

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