What Do We Do?

The Developmental Disability (DD) Program, a department of Columbia Community Mental Health, provides lifespan case management and service coordination for children and adults.

The DD Program is a state and federally funded program working to coordinate services with other local, regional, and state agencies to ensure an individual’s needs are addressed in a comprehensive manner.

How Can I Apply For DD Services?

An application for services coordination may be obtained from the DD Program intake screener by calling here.

503-397-5211

Once the application is completed and returned with the requested information, records will be requested, and eligibility for DD services will be determined.

Once an individual is found eligible, they will be assigned to a Service Coordinator, to meet with, conduct a needs assessment, and assist with accessing services and resources specific to the individual. The DD program is voluntary and there is no cost to the individual.

The DD Program can offer a wide array of services specific to each individual‘s needs including, but not limited to:

  • Case management/Service Coordination
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Behavior Consultation
  • Residential Placement Options such as:
    • Child and Adult Foster Care
    • Children’s Residential
    • Adult Group Homes
  • Alternative to Employment
  • Vocational Program Services
  • Advocacy & Liaison Representation for Resources such as:
    • Social Security Application Services
    • Medicaid
    • Medicare
    • Referrals for Counseling
    • Medication Management
  • In-home Support
  • Advocacy at Individual Education Program (IEPs) Meetings
  • Training Resources
  • Adult Protective Services
  • Support Services Brokerage Referral (Adult In-Home Supports)
  • Transition Services

Determining Eligibility

Individuals may qualify for services under a medical or clinical diagnosis of

  • Mental Retardation
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Developmental Disability

Developmental Disabilities can range from

  • Autism
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Down Syndrome
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Fetal Alcohol
  • Drug Effects With Behavior Impairments

Typically, a person who has an Intellectual Disability has an intelligence quotient (IQ) pattern of 65 or less. A person with an IQ of 66-75 may also be eligible if standardized adaptive testing demonstrates significant impairments in two or more areas. To be considered a developmental disability, it must occur before a person reaches age 22; an intellectual disability must occur before age 18.

Early Intervention

The Developmental Disability Program, works closely with other community agencies to ensure an individual’s needs are addressed in a comprehensive manner.

Our program is funded through federal and state funds.