Apply for Children’s Developmental Disabilities Services

If you need to apply for developmental disabilities services for your child, the application and related information  is available below. 

Eligibility for children with disabilities

To determine eligibility, please apply for both Medicaid and the Children with Disabilities Program at the same time. In order to be eligible for the Children with Disabilities Program, your child must meet the following criteria:

  • Live in Idaho
  • Be under the age of 18 (for children turning 18, services extend through the end of their birthday month)
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Have a disability diagnosis under the Social Security Act
  • Be assessed to have functional impairments that qualify for the Children with Disabilities Program 
How can I apply?

Step 1:  Apply for Medicaid

Step 2:  Apply for the Children's with Disabilities Program

Step 3:  Complete an interview with a independent assessor provider

1. Apply for Medicaid
Apply online
  • Apply: Online using idalink
  • Be prepared to provide this information with the application:
    • ID card
    • Household income
    • If applicable, immigration status
Apply over the phone or in person
  • Be prepared to provide this information with the application:
    • ID card
    • Household income
    • If applicable, immigration status
Apply by fax or email
  • Download and complete an application
  • 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
    • Current monthly expenses
    • If applicable, immigration status
2. Apply for Children's Developmental Disabilities Program

To apply for help with the Children's Developmental Disabilities Program, download and fill out an application. Return the application by email, mail, hand delivery, or fax. 

Apply for Children's Developmental Disabilities Program
3. Complete an interview with an independent assessment provider
  • Complete a medical, social, and developmental history form
  • Complete the Scales of Independent Behavior Revised (SIB-R) to determine functional limitations
  • Complete the Inventory of Needs to gather the document information related to the child’s level of care
  • Complete other documents or evaluations specific to your child's needs

NOTE:

  • The process takes several hours to complete and is usually done at the office of the assessor with your child present.
  • Determination is made within 30 days of a completed application.
After application submission

The independent assessment provider will send you a notice informing you of your child’s eligibility. If your child is eligible, you will be assigned a case Mmanager. Once assigned, you will be contacted to schedule a family-centered planning meeting and develop your child’s plan of service.

Contact us for status or questions on your Children's DD application
Fax: 208-332-7331 Attn: Children's DD Application
Address

450 West State Street
5th floor
Boise, ID 83720
United States

Phone

File and 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.