Apply for Adult with Developmental Disabilities Programs

The Medicaid Program has special provisions for people with developmental disabilities. Individuals with developmental disabilities need to first complete a Medicaid application and be determined eligible for Medicaid and then the individual will need to complete an application for the developmental disabilities program.  

Eligibility for developmental disability services

To meet financial eligibility criteria, you must be determined financially eligible for Medicaid. After your financial eligibility for Medicaid is verified, DHW will also review your application for adult developmental disability (DD) services.

In addition to financial eligibility, you must also meet medical disability criteria in order to be eligible for DD services. To meet medical disability criteria, your disability must:

  • Be chronic
  • Appear before the age of twenty-two (22) 
  • Be caused by impairments such as intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism, or another condition found to be closely related to, or similar to one of these impairments that requires similar treatment or services; or be caused by dyslexia resulting from one or more of the above described impairments; and
  • Substantially limit your ability to function in at least three (3) of the following major life activities;
    • Self care
    • Receptive and expressive language
    • Learning
    • Mobility
    • Self direction
    • Capacity of independent living
    • Economic self-sufficiency
  • Reflect the need for a combination and sequence of special, interdisciplinary, or generic care, treatment or other services
  • Require services which are of lifelong or extended duration
  • Require services that must be individually planned and coordinated
Applying for Adult Developmental Disability Services
View our adult developmental disability (DD) step-by-step guide for applying and receiving services.
Covered services and supports

All Medicaid participants receive the services and supports that best meet their individualized needs and fit within their Medicaid budget. The following services and supports are available for adults with developmental disabilities:

  • Targeted service coordination  – A service for individuals who can’t access, coordinate, or maintain services on their own.
  • Developmental therapy – Skill development services provided through individual or group therapy in the home, community or a center. 
  • Community crisis supports – Interventions for individuals who are at risk of losing housing, employment or income, or who are at risk of incarceration, physical harm, family altercations, or other emergencies.
  • Intermediate Care Facility for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF/ID) Services – An ICF/ID is a home for up to eight individuals. The home has shared dining, living, and cooking areas. Each individual can have a private bedroom or share a bedroom with another individual. Services provided by the ICF/ID are designed to meet the needs of individuals requiring in-home care, and provide services 24 hours a day
Developmental Disability Waiver Services
Read more about the Waiver Service details.
How can I apply?

The application process for the adult with developmental disabilities program has two steps. 

  1. Apply for Medicaid
  2. Complete the developmental disabilities application
1. Apply for Medicaid
Apply online
  • Apply: Online using idalink
  • Be prepared to provide this information with the application:
    • Verification of identity (e.g. driver's license)
    • Household income
    • Household resources
    • Current monthly expenses
    • If applicable, immigration status
Apply over the phone or in person
  • Be prepared to provide this information with the application:
    • Verification of identity (e.g driver's license)
    • Household income
    • Household resources
    • Current monthly expenses
    • If applicable, immigration status
Apply by mail, email or fax
  • Then Apply by either:
    •  Email: MyBenefits@dhw.idaho.gov
    •  Fax: 1-866-434-8278 (toll free)
    •  Mail: Self Reliance Programs, PO Box 83720, Boise, ID 83720-0026
  • Be prepared to provide this information with the application:
    • Verification of identity (e.g. driver's license)
    • Household income
    • Household resources
    • Current monthly expenses
    • If applicable, immigration status
2. Complete the developmental disabilities application

Submit your completed application to an office in your area

Area Location phone/fax email

Region 1: Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Kootenai, Shoshone

1120 Ironwood Drive, Suite 102
Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814

(P) 1-208-769-1567

(F) 1-208-666-6856

BDDSQA1@dhw.idaho.gov

Region 2: Clearwater, Idaho, Latah, Lewis, Nez Perce

1118 F Street
PO Drawer B
Lewiston, ID 83501

(P) 1-208-799-4430

(F) 1-208-799-5167

BDDSQA2@dhw.idaho.gov

Region 3: Adams, Canyon, Gem, Owyhee, Payette, Washington

3402 Franklin Road
Caldwell, ID 83501

(P) 1-208-334-0940 Option #3

(F) 1-208-334-0953

BDDSQA3@dhw.idaho.gov

Region 4: Ada, Boise, Elmore, Valley

1720 Westgate Drive, Suite B
Boise, ID 83704

(P) 1-208-334-0940 Option #3

(F) 1-208-334-0953

BDDSQA4@dhw.idaho.gov

Region 5: Blaine, Camas, Cassia, Gooding, Jerome, Lincoln, Minidoka, Twin Falls

601 Pole Line Road, Suite 3
Twin Falls, ID 83301

(P) 1-208-736-3024

(F) 1-208-736-2116

BDDSQA5@dhw.idaho.gov

Region 6: Bannock, Bear Lake, Bingham, Caribou, Franklin, Oneida, Power

1070 Hiline Road, Suite 260
Pocatello, ID 83201

(P) 1-208-239-6269

(F) 1-208-239-6260

BDDSQA6@dhw.idaho.gov

Region 7: Bonneville, Butte, Clark, Custer, Freemont, Jefferson, Lemhi, Madison, Teton

150 Shoup Avenue, Suite 20
Idaho Falls, ID 83402

(P) 1-208-528-5750

(F) 1-208-528-5756

BDDSQA7@dhw.idaho.gov
After application submission

The independent assessment provider will send you a notice informing you of your eligibility. 

After you have been determined eligible for DD and/or DD Waiver services, you will need to choose a plan developer/support broker. If you decide to access state plan and traditional waiver services, you will use a plan developer to help you write your plan. After you have selected a plan developer you will need to fill out the plan developer choice form and submit it to Liberty Health. Liberty Health can provide you with a list of service coordination agencies if you need help finding a plan developer.

If you decide to self-direct your services through the consumer-directed services option, you will use a support broker to help you write your plan. Liberty Health can provide you with a list of approved support brokers if you need help finding a support broker.

File an appeal

Your Rights to Appeal or Request a Fair Hearing

This page explains how to file an appeal for an eligibility decision for public assistance programs.