Eligibility for Developmental Disabilities Services
In order to receive Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS), you must submit an application and be determined eligible. You must meet the Nebraska definition of having a developmental disability, as defined in Neb. Rev. Stat. § 83-1205.
Am I eligible for DD services?
To be eligible, you must:
For more information on eligibility:
How do I apply?
The fastest way to apply is to complete and submit the application online at ACCESSNebraska
- An application for developmental disabilities services does not mean you are applying for Medicaid, Social Security, Economic Assistance, or Behavioral Health Services. These are separate applications, which you may need to do.
If you prefer a paper application, you can print in English or en Español, or call our toll-free number (877) 667-6266 to request one be mailed to you. Fill out the application completely, print, sign, and submit:
If you need assistance to fill out the application, go to your local DHHS office.
You will get a call within a few days of submitting your application. DHHS-DD will gather needed documents. Documents may include, but are not limited to:
When an application and documents are received, a decision is usually made within 30 days. You will receive a Notice of Decision that you are either eligible or not eligible.
Assessments completed by a licensed psychologist:
Medical diagnoses prior to age 22, which have affected your ability to carry out activities of daily living skills;
Current or previous psychiatric diagnoses prior to age 22, which affected your ability to carry out activities of daily living skills; and
- Being determined eligible does not mean you will immediately receive services. There is limited funding available. Funding is provided by the Nebraska State Legislature.
- Once eligible, a level of care assessment is completed.
- When you have the annual level of care assessment, if you have
Medicaid or are a Medicaid-eligible child, you are placed on the wait list. The
wait list is ordered by date of application. Services are offered to people on
the wait list as soon as funding becomes available.
- Eligibility is relooked at when you are age 9 and age 18.
If Social Security determines
that you are not disabled, developmental disabilities eligibility will be relooked
If you applied and received an eligibility determination, find out what's next: