Eligibility

Determining Eligibility

Who can make a referral?

Referrals can be made by individuals, parents, physicians, teachers or anyone who believes that a person residing in Summit County may benefit from and qualify for services from Summit DD. The Agency then gets consent from the individual, parent or guardian to begin the eligibility process.

What is the criteria for eligibility?

Eligibility for services is based on a number of factors and evaluations that are specific to a person’s age.

Birth through Age 2

All referrals for children under the age of three are made through Ohio (Part C) Early Intervention (Help Me Grow). Summit DD works in partnership with Ohio Early Intervention to provide developmental evaluations for children who have a suspected delay or who have a medical condition which has a high probability of resulting in a developmental delay.

Children will have their eligibility re-determined at age 3 for continued services.

Learn more about Summit DD’s Early Intervention Services or contact Help Me Grow to make a referral.

Ages 3 to 5

Children, ages three to five, are eligible for support if they have an Individual Education Plan (IEP).

Children will have their eligibility re-determined at age 6 for continued services.

Contact us to begin the Eligibility Process

Ages 6 to 15

Children, ages six to 15, are eligible for Summit DD services if they have a documented
history of a life-long developmental disability and significant functional limitations in at least three areas of the Children’s Ohio Eligibility Determination Instrument (COEDI).

Eligibility is re-determined at age 16 for continued services.

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Ages 16+

Individuals, age 16 and older, are eligible for Summit DD services if they have a documented developmental disability prior to age 22, significant functional limitations in at least three of seven life areas on the Ohio Eligibility Determination Instrument (OEDI), or other approved evaluation assessments.

Eligibility status may be reviewed at any time if a significant change in diagnoses, impairment or skill has occurred.

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What happens next?

If you or your child is found eligible you be assigned an (SSA) Service and Support administrator or an (RSS) Referral and Support Specialist. One of these staff will assist you or your child with your current needs and future planning. If you or your child are not found eligible for services, our team will continue to work with you and help identify other community resources that may be available to you. You also have the right to due process to appeal the decision if services are reduced, denied or terminated.

Additional information about eligibility for Summit DD services can be found in our FAQs or on the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities website.

We are here to help guide you through the eligibility process. Contact us to get started.

Download our Guide to the Eligibility Process.

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