Eligibility-Developmental Disabilities

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

Established by Law ORS 427
Must use AAMR, 1977

  1. Must be determined to be in place by 18th birth date
  2. IQ 69 is cap for clearly defining mental retardation.

    IQ 70-75 may be eligible as a person with mental retardation if; if a significant impairment to adaptive functioning exists that is directly related to the issues of mental retardation (See 6.)
  3. This adaptive impairment cannot be primarily related to any of the following:
    • Mental/Emotional Disorders
    • Sensory Impairments
    • Substance Abuse
    • Personality Disorder
    • Learning Disorder
    • Learning Disability
    • ADHD

Other Developmental Disabilities

Established by federal definition
State of Oregon develops the guidelines for interpretation

  1. Must be determined to in place by 22nd birth date
  2. IQ scores are not used in verifying the presence of a none-mental retardation developmental disability
  3. Must have either an official medical or clinical diagnosis of the disabilty 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 Disorders
    • 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 mental retardation" (OAR309-041-0405(17)) i.e. self care, self-direction, and a need for multiple-specialized supports indefinitely

Most frequent other developmental disabilities seen for eligibility are:

  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Tourettes
  • Fragile X Syndrome
  • Prader Willi
  • Fetal Neurological Disorders (Alcohol, Lead, Drugs, Disease)
  • Epilepsy
  • Klinefelter
  • ABI (Acquired Brain Injury)
  • Pervasive Developmental Disorders

Links

Oregon Department of Health Services : Eligibility Handbook

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