Developmental Disabilities Services Intake and Eligibility Process
The Intake Department is the starting point for services for all ages. The Intake Department will help to determine the eligibility of an applicant. Summit DD provides interpreter services, upon request, to assist Non-English or limited English speaking individuals/families. To make a referral for service, or request interpreter services, you can call our Intake/Referral Specialist at 330-634-8674 weekdays between the hours of 8am and 4pm.
Watch the Summit DD Intake Video The first step in the application process is gathering information about a person's disability for eligibility determination. The Ohio Eligibility Determination Instrument (OEDI) will help us to assess whether an adult qualifies for services This assessment will test a person's skills both cognitive and physical and evaluate them according to the OEDI guidelines. We will ask you to sign releases to obtain medical, educational and other information related to the developmental disability and impairments caused by the disability.
Applicants requesting Adult Services will be asked for the following documents prior to enrollment:
Current Medical Evaluation (within 6 months of eligibility determination)
Copy of your Social Security Card
Copy of your Birth Certificate
Proof of Medicaid eligibility and copy of your Medicaid Insurance card
Applicants found not eligible for Summit DD Board services will be given recommendations for alternative services and information about the appeal process in their eligibility determination letter.
Applicants ages 16 and above
are considered eligible for Summit DD services if they have a documented history of life-long developmental disability and significant functional limitations in at least three of seven life areas when administered the Ohio Eligibility Determination Instrument (OEDI).
Eligibility status may be reviewed at any time in all age categories, especially after a period of inactivity with this agency or if a significant change in diagnoses, impairment or skill has occurred.
Our Intake/Referral Specialist can tell you about DD services and direct you to other community agencies if we do not meet your needs.
Children ages 15 and under are assessed through the Children's Ohio Eligibility Determination Instrument (COEDI). All referrals for children birth through two years are made through Summit County Help Me Grow. If you are not yet receiving services from Help Me Grow, please call 330-376-7273 to apply. The Summit Developmental Disabilities Board works in partnership with Help Me Grow, providing developmental evaluation and early intervention services for infants and toddlers with developmental delays.
Children ages 0 through 2 years
are considered eligible for Summit DD supports and services if there is documented evidence of developmental delay from the Help Me Grow evaluation team, or there is documented evidence of a physical or mental condition that has a high probability of resulting in a delay or disability from the child’s physician. Children ages 0 through 2 years must have their eligibility re-determined at age 3 for continued services.
Children ages 3 through 5 years
are considered eligible for Summit DD services if they have at least two documented developmental delays or medical disorder that is known to cause delays. Children ages 3 through 5 years must have their eligibility re-determined at age 6 for continued services.
Children ages 6 through 15 years
are considered eligible for Summit DD services if they have a documented history of life-long developmental disability and significant functional limitations in at least three areas of the Children’s Ohio Eligibility Determination Instrument (COEDI). Children ages 6 through 15 years must have their eligibility re-determined at age 16 for continued services.
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Call our Intake/Referral Specialist at 330-634-8674 weekdays between the hours of 8 am and 4 pm for a free screening.