Developmental Disabilities

Developmental Disabilities


What is a Developmental Disability?
A developmental disability is a diagnosis that includes: 
1. Substantial limitations in functioning
2. Significantly below-average intellectual functioning (IQ of 70 or below)
3. Demonstrated deficits in adaptive behavior
4. Started before the person’s 22nd birthday

Related Conditions
A related condition is a diagnosis closely related to developmental disabilities. A person with a related condition needs treatment or services similar to persons with developmental disability. Related conditions result in limited self-care, understanding and use of language, learning, mobility, self-direction, or capacity for independent living. Mental health disorders are not related conditions. Some examples of related conditions are Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy, Prader-Willi Syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Autism.

Rule 185 Case Management
• Kanabec County provides Rule 185 Case Management service for persons with a developmental disability or related condition. A Case Manager assists the person in gaining access to needed social, medical, and educational services, as well as other supports and services. The Case Manager works on behalf of the person to identify their unique needs and to minimize the impact of the disability on the person’s life.

Developmental Disabilities Waiver
• The Developmental Disabilities (DD) Waiver provides funding for home and community-based services for children and adults with developmental disabilities or related conditions who require the level of care provided in an Intermediate Care Facility for Persons with Developmental Disabilities (ICF/DD). Services can be provided in the person’s own home, a family member’s home or in foster care. https://mn.gov/dhs/people-we-serve/people-with-disabilities/services/home-community/programs-and-services/dd-waiver.jsp

To determine eligibility for these services:
• A MnCHOICES Assessment will determine if you are eligible for these programs/services. https://mn.gov/dhs/people-we-serve/people-with-disabilities/services/home-community/programs-and-services/mnchoices.jsp
• Call Kanabec County Community Health at 320-679-6330 to complete a MnChoices Intake and begin the process.

Developmental Disabilities Quick Links
• The Office of Ombudsman for Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities (OMHDD) https://mn.gov/omhdd/
• Disability Hub MN https://disabilityhubmn.org/
• Minnesota Social Security Office Locations https://www.benefitsoffices.com/state/MN.html