There are three eligibility criteria that an individual must meet to receive any Developmental Disabilities (DD) services:
- Residency: Be a resident of Vermont. This means being physically present in Vermont with the intention to remain in Vermont and to make one's home in Vermont (in the case of a child, at least one custodial parent shall be a resident of Vermont.)
- Financial: Be found eligible for Medicaid. If you need assistance applying for Medicaid, contact your Designated Agency.
- Clinical: Be found eligible based on diagnosis of having a developmental disability. Clinical eligibility determination is arranged by the Designated Agency.
For more information about the definition of developmental disability and the criteria for determining clinical eligibility, see Part 2 of the Regulations Implementing the Developmental Disabilities Services Act of 1996. See Part 3 of these Regulations for information on who can be a Recipient of Services.
In addition to the above criteria, the services below have unique eligibility requirements:
- Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) - The individual must be found to meet a funding priority as defined in the Vermont State System of Care Plan for Developmental Disabilities Services.
- Flexible Family Funding (FFF) - The family must be found to meet income eligibility based on a sliding scale.
- Bridge Program: Care Coordination for Children - The individual must be under age 22 and be eligible for Bridge Program criteria.
- Family Managed Respite (FMR) - The individual must be under age 22 and be eligible for Children's Mental Health and/or developmental disabilities services.
For other services that may be available to you, contact the Designated Agency in your area.