Applying for DD Services

To begin the application process for developmental disability services through DBHDD, please complete the forms below and return to your regional field office in person or via mail or fax.

1. Application for Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities Services

2. Authorization for Release of Information Form
    Please complete Attachment A.

3. Notice of Privacy Practices Policy
    Please complete Attachment A.

The DD Application Process: What to Expect

1. Application
An individual or representative completes and submits an appilcation to the nearest regional field office.

2. Pre-eligibility
Intake and Evaluation reviews the application to ensure it is complete and correct. Next, the individual’s pre-eligibility is determined by a psychologist’s review of the documentation, and possibly a face-to-face interview.

3. Planning List
A staff member from the nearest regional field office will contact the individual or representative, and complete the appropriate screenings and assessments. The individual will then be placed on the DD Planning List.

4. Funding
Funding and specific types of services will be recommended based on an individual’s assessed need.

5. Medicaid Eligibility
The Georgia Medical Care Foundation determines level of care and eligibility for funded services.

6. Individual Service Plan
The individual and identified service providers, along with coordinators, complete the first annual service plan, identifying goals and services based on the individual’s strengths, needs, and interests.

7. Service Begins
The individual begins receiving services and following their Individual Service Plan.  


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