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The DDSD Intake and Eligibility Program determines who qualifies for DD services. Anyone can apply for services; however, only those found to meet Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) Eligibility Determination criteria will qualify (OAR 411-320-0080). All of our services are voluntary. If you or someone you know is interested in being referred for services, call us at 503-988-6258 to begin the process.


Our staff are available to help you understand more about the eligibility referral and determination process.  Please call 503-988-6258.

How do I make a referral?

Anyone can make  a referral with client/legal guardian consent.  If you believe a person is diagnosed with an Intellectual or other Developmental Disability, a referral can be made by phone, fax, or email.

If possible, please complete and fax or email the referral for services form.  Please note this is not the application for services.

Intake Referral Form (79.62 KB)

  • Phone: 503-988-6258
  • Fax: 503-988-3059 attention Intake & Eligibility Program
  • Email Mary Putnam at:

Eligibility Criteria

The most common Developmental Disabilities include: Intellectual Disability, Down Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy, and Fetal Alcohol Effects.

The disability:

  • Must have its origin in the brain
  • Must be expected to last indefinitely
  • Intellectual Disability is diagnosed by measuring IQ scores and adaptive behavior.  Individuals with an IQ of 75 or below can be considered for eligibility. Must occur prior to age 18.
  • Other Developmental Disabilities must be established prior to age 22 and must result in significant impairments in at least two areas of daily functioning: self-care, communication, learning, mobility, self-direction, capacity for independent living, economic self sufficiency.
  • Additionally, the impairments must be primarily related to the Intellectual or other Developmental Disability and not to mental illness, substance abuse, an emotional disorder, ADHD, a learning disability or sensory impairment.

What does not qualify a person?

This is complicated because these diagnoses don't automatically result in someone being found not eligible.  Many individuals are diagnosed with both qualifying diagnosis and non-qualifying diagnosis.

If a qualifying diagnoses is not present, and these diagnosis are present, the result would likely be a determination of not eligible.  The non-qualifying diagnoses include, but are not limited to Learning disorder, Cognitive Disorder, ADHD/ADD, Conduct Disorder, Oppositional Defiance Disorder, Bi-Polar Disorder, reactive Attachment Disorder, PTSD, Intellectual Disability without testing, Educational Autism and any diagnosis that is a rule out or provisional diagnosis.

Eligibility Determination Process

The eligibility determination process begins with a referral made by phone, email, fax or mail.

  • An Eligibility Specialist is assigned to the individual that has been referred.
  • The Eligibility Specialist meets with the individual to complete and application.
  • The Eligibility Specialist gathers records and determines if any further evaluations are needed.
  • Finally, the Eligibility Specialist consults with the Eligibility Review Team to make a decision about eligibility for our program.

The eligibility process is extensive.  The Eligibility Specialist assigned will discuss timelines.

Is there an appeal process if I am found not eligible?

Yes.  You may request an Administrative Hearing. You must request a hearing using the form provided with your denial notice.  Your request must be submitted to the State Office of Developmental Disabilities State Office of Developmental Disabilities within 90 days of the notice of the denial notice.  If you need a replacement copy of need assistance completing this form, please contact the Eligibility Specialist you have been working with or contact Program Supervisor Courtney Kemmer at 503-988-6271.

If an appeal is not requested, but new information is obtained that may change the eligibility determination, you can re-apply for services.