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Developmental Disabilities (DD)

Page posted: 11/29/04

Page reviewed: 5/6/13

Page updated: 11/18/16

Legal authority

Federally approved DD Waiver Plan , Minn. Stat. §252.27 , Minn. Stat. §256B.092 , Minn. R. 9525.0004 to 9525.0036, 42 CFR 483.440

Definition

Developmental Disabilities (DD) Waiver: Home and community-based services necessary as an alternative to institutionalization that promote the optimal health, independence, safety and integration of a person who meets the waiver eligibility criteria and who would require the level of care provided in an Intermediate Care Facility for Persons with Developmental Disabilities (ICF/DD).

Eligibility

To be eligible for the DD Waiver, a person must choose the DD Waiver and meet all of the following criteria:

1. Eligible for Medical Assistance (MA) based on a disability diagnosis
2. Have a developmental disability or a related condition as defined in Minn. R. 9525.0016, subp. 2
3. Determined by the case manager/service coordinator to meet the ICF/DD level of care criteria
4. Require daily interventions, daily service needs and a 24-hour plan of care that is specified in the community support plan
5. Assessed to need a residential habilitation service that must be included in the person’s community support plan
6. Have made an informed choice of waiver services instead of ICF/DD services
7. Have an assessed need for supports and services over and above those available through the MA State Plan.

ICF/DD level of care criteria

To meet the requirements for an ICF/DD level of care, a person must meet all of the following:

  • In need of continuous active treatment
  • Have a diagnosis of developmental disability or a related condition
  • Require a 24-hour plan of care
  • Require aggressive and consistent training due to an inability to apply skills learned in one environment to a new environment.

Covered services

The following services are covered under the DD Waiver. For a service-specific policy page, select a service from the list:

Secondary information

Minnesota Rules require that services and supports be designed and delivered consistent with Rule 185 case management goals. For more information, see CBSM – Rule 185 case management .

DHS does not reimburse short-term admission to an ICF/DD from the DD Waiver as respite care.

Local waiver administration

Local county or tribal administration acting as agents for the state Medicaid agency and DHS have many responsibilities. See the state and county/tribal responsibilities for waiver management section on CBSM – Waiver programs overview.

Waiver forms

For a comparison grid of forms applicable across and/or specific to waiver programs, see CBSM – Required waiver forms .

Process and procedure

Additional resources

Case Manager’s Guide to Determining ICF/DD Level of Care for ICF/DD and DD Waiver Services, DHS-4147A (PDF)
CBSM – DD Waiver waiting list guide
CBSM – Waiver/AC provider enrollment and standards
CBSM – Waiver general process and procedures (BI, CAC, CADI, DD)
CBSM – Waiver programs overview
CBSM – Waiver rates and billing
DD Screening Document Codebook
Developmental Disabilities (DD) Waiver Program brochure, DHS-4849 (PDF)

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