Transitioning from High School

Disabilities Assistance
Developmental Disabilities

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What you need to know

When you are between the ages of 16 and 21, you are “in transition" from school-based resources to adult services. This is a time to think about what services you need to help you live as independently as possible.

The Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) provides services under Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waivers.


Transition Resources

Other Resources

Aged and Disabled (AD) Waiver Services

When you want to receive AD services, you should apply so you can be determined eligible. AD services do not currently have a wait list and are available at any age. You may be able to receive services on this waiver while waiting for DD waiver funding.

Developmental Disabilities (DD) Waiver Services

When you want to receive DD services, you should apply for early in the transition process so eligibility can be determined. You can even apply before age 16! To receive developmental disabilities services, you must be determined eligible.

While you are in high school, day services are not available because they cannot replace what is available through the school system. When you are offered funding before the age of 21, you may be able to receive residential services. You can have a Service Coordinator, who can help you navigate DD services and other resources.

After you have graduated from school and are 21 years old, you may receive funding for day services. Your Service Coordinator will help you choose services to meet your needs.

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Waiver Services

When you want to receive TBI services, you should contact the League of Human Dignity, Lincoln Office. Services can begin at age 18 and are provided in an assisted living facility in the Omaha area.