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