DDS: How to Apply for Services

How to Apply for Services

How do I apply for Department of Developmental Services (DDS) Supports and Services?
Please call our Toll Free number:  1-866-433-8192.  For out of state, phone 860-418-6117.

You can also email to request that an application be sent to you by regular mail.
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To send an application directly to you, we need a mailing address, and phone number, the name of the applicant, and date of birth.

People can apply at any age, as long as there is evidence that the condition existed prior to age 18.  The applicant will be asked to send a copy of his or her birth certificate and medical insurance card.

All information that applicants submit is kept strictly confidential.  They will be asked to submit school, medical, psychological and psychiatric records.  If there are Social Security Disability records, please include those as well.

The applicant or his representative will be asked to complete the release forms included in the application.  He or she sends them to the school, doctor, etc. The signed release forms give permission to make copies of records and asks the school or professional to send the records directly to the Eligibility Unit.

To be found eligible for services, the person must reside in Connecticut.  The person's IQ score must be 69 or less.  At the same time, the person must have deficits in adaptive functioning.  People with a diagnosis of Prader-Willi syndrome are also eligible.

Adaptive functioning includes communication, social activities, relationships, and daily living skills such as handling money, cooking, dressing, and grooming.
There are no deadlines for submitting information, but the sooner the file is complete, the sooner a determination is made.

When an applicant is determined eligible, an approval letter is sent to the family.

If an applicant is found not eligible, they will receive a letter informing them that they are entitled to a hearing.

In addition, individuals and families interested in applying for services for children from birth to age 3 should call the Birth to Three Infoline toll free number 1-800-505-7000.