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Eligibility Information

To qualify for supports and services through the Division, an individual must voluntarily apply, be an Arizona resident and have
lawful status in the United States.

Individuals age six (6) and older must also have a diagnosis of autism, cerebral palsy, epilepsy or a cognitive/intellectual disability The diagnosis must begin before the age of 18 and likely to continue indefinitely. In addition to a qualifying diagnosis, there must be substantial functional limitations related to the qualifying diagnosis in three or more of the following life areas: self-care, receptive and expressive language, learning, mobility, self-direction, capacity for indecent living and/or economic self-sufficiency.

Children under the age of six (6) may be eligible for services when they are determined to be at risk for a developmental disability.

Submit A Referral

To find out if you are eligible for the Division, you may complete an on-line referral form.

Children ages 0-3 start here
Children over 3 and adults start here.

If you have questions or need help, call the Customer Service Center at
1-844-770-9500. If you do not qualify and need help, click here.

Application Process Overview

1) Submit a Referral.
2) Assigned Eligibility Specialist will send you an Application.
3) Submit signed Application and documents showing you have a DDD qualifying diagnosis (see documentation requirements below).
4) Eligibility Specialist will decide if you are eligible or not eligible within 30 days of your application.

Documentation Requirements

Please get the documents listed below to show that you qualify for DDD. Generally, the information listed below is all we need to decide if you are eligible or not eligible. However, after reviewing your application, we may need more information.

Applicants Age 6 and Older

To show you have a qualifying diagnosis, submit at least one of the following:

  • Evaluation of Autism (completed by a Developmental Pediatrician, Licensed Psychologist, or Psychiatrist)
  • Evaluation of Epilepsy by a neurologist or licensed physician
  • Evaluation of Cerebral Palsy by a neurologist or licensed physician
  • Evaluation of Intellectual Disability by a licensed psychologist, school psychologist or a psychometrist working under a licensed psychologist or school psychologist
And
  • Medical records for the ongoing treatment of Autism, Epilepsy, Cerebral Palsy or Intellectual Disability
  • Individual Education Plan (IEP) (if you have one in place)
  • Behavioral health records (if you have a behavioral health diagnosis)
  • Physical, occupational, and/or speech therapy evaluations (if you get therapy)
  • Vocational evaluation (if you have one)

Applicants Under Age 6

To show you are at risk for a qualifying diagnosis, submit one of the following:

An evaluation of Autism, Epilepsy, Cerebral Palsy or Intellectual Disability by a qualified provider (see details in the previous section)
or
Medical documentation of a condition that is likely to result in Autism, Epilepsy, Cerebral Palsy or Intellectual Disability such as Down Syndrome.
or
An evaluation with testing that shows a significant delay in one or more of the following areas: language, cognitive, social, physical, or self-help. This may be a school Multidisciplinary Education Report also known as a Psycho Educational Report, therapy reports, psychological report, etc.
And
- Individual Education Plan (IEP) (if you have one)
- Behavioral health records (if you have a behavioral health diagnosis)

All Applicants

  • Proof of Arizona Residency (ex: utility bill, driver’s license)
  • Lawful U.S. Status (ex: U.S. issued birth certificate)
  • Guardianship documents (if applicable)
  • Copy of all medical insurance cards (front and back)

Help Getting Records

We may be able to help you get some of your records. If you need help, please complete the Release of Information (sent with your application) with the name of the places you need us to ask for records. You need to sign a Release of Information for each place.

Eligibility Policy

To learn more about the requirements for DDD eligibility, look at the Eligibility Flyer (DD-640) on the Documents Center or look at the Eligibility Policy Manual.

If, after clicking on the above links and reviewing the information, you think the person may meet eligibility requirements for the Division of Developmental Disabilities and you would like to make a referral , click Continue. NOTE: This is a referral only, not a determination of eligibility.

If you do not believe the person would meet the eligibility requirements , but would like to explore other resources , click here.
A child under the age of six years may be eligible if there is a strongly demonstrated potential that the child has or will have a developmental disability as determined by appropriate tests.

Cognitive/Intellectual Disability is sub-average intellectual functioning. It does not include learning disabilities.
Lawful status means the person to receive services must be citizens of the United States, legal residents of the United States or otherwise lawfully present in the United States. This is required by ARS 46-140.01 (formerly known as Arizona Proposition 200).
Resident means a person who physically resides within the state of Arizona with the intent to remain. The person who would receive services must be a resident except in the case of minors or adults who have a guardian whose residency is deemed to be the same as that of the custodial parent(s) or the guardian. The residency requirement is not applicable to children in foster care who are placed in accordance with state and federal laws regarding the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children.
Voluntarily applies means that no admission to services may be made for any person without the consent of the legally responsible person (parent, guardian or the person him/herself).
A child under the age of six years may be eligible if there is a strongly demonstrated potential that the child has or will have a developmental disability as determined by appropriate tests.
Epilepsy is a seizure disorder.
Cerebral palsy is a permanently disabling condition resulting from damage to the developing brain
Cognitive/Intellectual Disability is sub-average intellectual functioning. It does not include learning disabilities.
Autism is a condition characterized by severe disorders in communication and behavior resulting in limited ability to communicate, understand, learn and participate in social relationships.
Substantial functional limitations in three of seven major life areas include:
  • Self-care: Eating, hygiene, bathing, etc.
  • Receptive and expressive language: Communicating with others
  • Learning: Acquiring and processing new information
  • Mobility: Moving from place to place
  • Self-direction: Managing personal finances, protecting self-interest, or making independent decisions which may affect well-being
  • Capacity for independent living: Needing supervision or assistance on a daily basis
  • Economic self-sufficiency: Being able to financially support oneself.