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Eligibility for Developmental Disabilities (DD)

In order to receive funding for services through the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DD), you must submit an application and be determined eligible. This page helps you get started. Underlined words link you to additional information.
Brochure on DD Services Eligibility  (en Español) - Learn eligibility requirements and what you need to know to get started!
To be eligible to receive services from DD, you must meet the Nebraska statutory 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:
  • Having a developmental disability as diagnosed by licensed psychologist
  • OR a medical diagnosis of a developmental disability such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, or certain genetic disorders
  • AND substantial limitations in each of the 3 areas:
    • Conceptual skills, including language, literacy, money, time, number concepts, and self-direction; 
    • Social skills, including interpersonal skills, social responsibility, self-esteem, gullibility, wariness, social problem solving, and the ability to follow laws and rules and to avoid being victimized; and
    • Practical skills, including activities of daily living, personal care, occupational skills, healthcare, mobility, and the capacity for independent living.
What do I Need to Know About Medicaid? (en Español) - Information for DD applicants and participants briefly explaining what they need to know about Medicaid. Includes information about ABD, Share of Cost, MIWD, ENABLE accounts, and Ability to Pay.
How do I apply?
Completing and submitting the application online is the fastest way to apply. Apply for DD services online at ACCESSNebraska

Applying for DD Services gives step by step instructions to complete the DD application.

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, and sign. To submit:
If you need assistance filling out the application please contact your local DHHS office.­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­
By completing an application for DD services you are not applying for Medicaid, Social Security, Economic Assistance, or Behavioral Health Services.  
A DD employee will call you within a few days of receiving your application. We will work with you to gather appropriate documents. Documents may include, but are not limited to:
  • Assessments for intellectual or adaptive behavioral functioning 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
  • School reports:
    • All Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) reports,
    • Most recent Individual Education Plan (IEP).

Eligibility Determination 

A decision is usually made within 30 days of DD receiving your application and supporting documents.  You will receive a Notice of Decision. This will state that you are either eligible or not eligible for DD services.

Being determined eligible does not mean you will immediately receive services. DD services are not an entitlement. There is limited funding available. Funding is allocated by the Nebraska State Legislature.

Once eligible, you will be placed on the Registry of Needs to wait for available funding. Your date of need is the date you submitted your application. Services are offered when funding becomes available. 

You can have a Service Coordinator as soon as you are found eligible. This person can answer questions and help you find and apply for other available resources.

The goal of DD services is to assist you to become as independent as possible. Your DD services are temporary or life-long. There may be a time when you no longer need DD services.

  • If determined eligible prior to six and a half years old, eligibility will be redetermined at age nine.
  • Eligibility will be redetermined at age 18.
  • If SSI determines that you are not disabled, DD eligibility will be redetermined.
If you applied and received an eligibility determination, find out what's next:  

I was determined Eligible

​I was determined Not Eligible


If you have any questions about your developmental disabilities eligibility or application:    

877-667-6266 or


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