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Eligibility for Developmental Disabilities (DD)

In order to receive services through the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DD), you must submit an application and be determined eligible. 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:
  • Have 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.
Brochure on DD Services Eligibility  (en Español) - Eligibility requirements and how to get started!
What do I Need to Know About Medicaid? (en Español) - Information for DD applicants and participants about Medicaid.
How do I apply?
The fastest way to apply is to complete and submit the application 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, sign, and submit:
If you need assistance to fill out the application, go to your local DHHS office.­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­
An application for DD services does not mean you are applying for Medicaid, Social Security, Economic Assistance, or Behavioral Health Services.  
A DD employee will call you within a few days of getting your application. We will work to gather appropriate documents. Documents may include, but are not limited to:
  • 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
  • School reports:
    • All Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) reports,
    • Most recent Individual Education Plan (IEP).

Eligibility Determination 

When an application and supporting 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 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. 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 SSA 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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