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Division of Developmental Disabilities
Eligibility for Services

To receive services funded through the New Jersey Department of Human Services’ Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD), an individual must:

  • Apply and be determined to meet the functional criteria of having a developmental disability (see Division Circular 3 or NJSA 30:6D-25(b) and NJAC 10:46).
  • Be Medicaid eligible and maintain Medicaid eligibility.
  • Establish that New Jersey is the applicant's primary residence at the time of application.   

In general, to meet the functional criteria of having a developmental disability, an individual must document that they have a chronic physical and/or intellectual disability that: 

  • Manifests in the developmental years, before age 22, and 
  • Is lifelong in nature, and
  • Substantially limits the individual in at least three of these areas of life activity: self-care; learning; mobility; communication; self-direction; economic self-sufficiency; and the ability to live independently.

An individual must be 18 or older to be evaluated by DDD for functional eligibility for developmental disability services. An individual must be 21 or older to access DDD services.

Apply for Services

To be evaluated for elgibility for DDD-funded services, please complete the Application for Eligibility.

Individuals who are 18 or older and were previously determined eligible for developmental disability services through the NJ Children's System of Care can complete the Short Application for Eligibility

The completed Application for Eligibility, including all signed forms and related documentation, can be submitted in person, by mail or by email.

Submit Application In Person or By Mail
Hand-deliver or mail the application and copies of all supporting documents to DDD Intake at the Community Services Office for the individual's county of residence. (For in-person submission during the COVID-19 public health emergency, please call the office first to determine if any staff will be on site.)
Submit Application By Email
  • Scan the completed, signed application and all supporting documents and submit as an attachment to
  • Please include the following in the email subject line: Intake Application - Individual's Initials - County of Residence (SAMPLE: Intake Application JS Mercer County) 
A family member or other interested person can assist an individual in completing DDD's Application for Eligibility, but cannot apply on the individual's behalf.

Please see DDD's Notice of Non-Discrimination and Language Assistance Services for Individuals with Limited English Proficiency.

Assessment for Services

After initial review of the application, the individual will be contacted to complete an NJCAT (NJ Comprehensive Assessment Tool). Please visit the NJCAT Resource Page for more information about this important assessment.

Application Questions or Problems

If you have questions about whether or not you/your loved one meets the criteria to be eligible for DDD-funded services or need assistance completing the application, you can contact the Community Services Office that serves the county in which the applicant lives. A DDD Intake Worker will talk with you about your situation and, if needed, guide you through the application process.

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

If you have questions or a complaint about your privacy rights related to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), you can contact a HIPAA Privacy Officer.

There may be additional HIPAA forms which you have to submit. Once you speak with an Intake Worker any additional forms will be included in the packet forwarded to you. 

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