Pre-Admission Screening and Resident Review (PASRR)

Pre-Admission Screening and Resident Review (PASRR) is a federally required process (Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987) that prevents individuals with mental illness, intellectual disability, or a related condition from being admitted to nursing facilities until a full assessment is made and the least restrictive, most appropriate person-centered services are recommended to meet the individual's medical and disabi

The Bridge Program and Family Managed Respite (FMR)

The Bridge Program: Care Coordination for Children with Developmental Disabilities
The Bridge Program provides support to families of children and young adults under age 22 who have developmental disabilities to access and coordinate needed medical, educational, social or other services.

To apply for services, please contact the Designated Agency in your area.

Public Safety Program

The focus of the Public Safety Program is to keep the community and past victims safe while providing treatment and supervision to individuals with developmental disabilities who pose a risk to public safety.  The Developmental Disabilities Services Division (DDSD) coordinates statewide supports for offenders with developmental disabilities through a variety of activities.

Who We Help

The Developmental Disabilities Services Division (DDSD) serves people with developmental disabilities. Developmental Disabilities means having a diagnosis of one of the following based on a formal, professional evaluation:

And, have both of the following:

Self and Family Management

People receiving services have a choice as to who will manage their services.  As part of the intake and referral process, Designated Agencies are responsible for informing individuals of those choices and to make referrals as requested.  The Designated Agency and Specialized Service Agency can manage all of the services for the individuals and families.  Other management options include:


The Developmental Disabilities Services Division (DDSD) plans, coordinates, administers, monitors and evaluates state and federally funded services for people with developmental disabilities and their families within Vermont.  The following services are funded by the Division and are allocated or provided by the Designated Agencies and Specialized Services Agencies.


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