The Intake and Eligibility Determination Unit (IEDU) is responsible for receiving and processing applications and determining eligibility for individuals applying for services through DDA. In addition, while applications are pending, this IEDU identifies and links applicants to services relating to both the person’s and family’s needs. This unit will partner with appropriate public and private service agencies conducting community outreach to help meet the needs and preferences of the individual in an appropriate, timely, and coordinated manner. Efforts are made to identify and link people to all possible services and funding sources in addition to DDA, to provide information so that the individuals understand their legal rights and protections, and to maintain an easy-to-understand intake and eligibility process.
To apply for services from DDA, a completed application is required (see requirements for a completed application below). You can complete the application on-line, mail it in or bring the application to our office. An Intake and Eligibility Coordinator will be assigned to assist you through the remainder of the eligibility determination process.
Below are the Eligibility Requirements for DDA and the types of supporting documentation required for a completed application:
(1) Proof of District residency;
(2) Proof of a diagnosis of intellectual disabilities as described below;
(3) The complete application package includes:
Copy of the individual’s birth certificate
Social Security card
Proof of health insurance (DC Medicaid or private coverage), if applicable
Supporting documentation that the applicant was diagnosed as having an intellectual disability prior to the age of 18, such as school records, medical records, or social history, if available
Psychological evaluations, based on one or more standardized test, that document significantly sub-average general intellectual functioning Intelligence Quotient (“IQ”) scores of 69 or below, was diagnosed and/or manifested before the age of 18 years, and that impairments in cognitive adaptive functioning continue into adulthood;
Psychological and psychiatric evaluations that document any diagnosed psychiatric condition, should one be present
Psychological evaluations that include a formal assessment of adaptive behavior or other supporting documentation of adaptive behavior deficits or developmental delays manifested during the developmental period
Medical evaluation current within the last 12 months