Determining Eligibility

Your journey with Summit DD begins with our Intake and Eligibility department.  If you think you could benefit from our services contact us.  We will work with you to complete the Children’s Ohio Eligibility Determination Instrument (COEDI) and the Ohio Eligibility Determination Instrument (OEDI) to determine “substantial functional limitations” and eligibility for services.  They are designed to be user-friendly, common sense documents that the rater, the individual, guardian, and advocate can readily understand.  The COEDI determines eligibility for services for individuals six through 15 years of age. The OEDI determines eligibility for individuals 16 years old and over.  Our Evaluation Specialists and Service and Support Administrators will assist you through this process.

Who is eligible?

Birth to Age 3

All referrals for children birth to age 3 are made through Ohio Early Intervention. The referral can come from a physician, home intervention service provider such as WIC, AMHA, a school counselor, parent, guardian or other family member. Referrals can also be made by taking the Summit County’s First Things First Initiative developmental screening questionnaire.

Once Summit DD’s evaluation team completes a home-based assessment and determines your child is eligible for services, you are given an array of community supports to choose from. One of the many choices for parents is Early Intervention services through Summit DD.

When you choose Summit DD as your Early Intervention services provider, Summit DD and Ohio Early Intervention will partner to create supports that are customized to fit your family’s needs. Your team will consist of a Service Coordinator (SC), a Primary Service Provider (PSP) from Summit DD and a team of early childhood professionals. Together this team will work with you to develop an Individualized Family Service Plan, or IFSP. Your IFSP is a family-driven document that is meant to be used as a road map for your services.

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

Ages 3 to 5

Children age 3 to 5 are eligible for support if they have at least two documented developmental delays reported in the Multi-Factored Evaluation (MFE) or medical disorder that is known to cause delays.

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

Ages 6 to 15

Children age 6 to 15 are eligible for Summit DD services if they have a documented history of 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.

Ages 16+

Individuals age 16 and above are eligible for Summit DD services if they have a documented history of life-long developmental disability and significant functional limitations in at least three of seven life areas on the Ohio Eligibility Determination Instrument (OEDI).  Areas evaluated are mobility, receptive and expressive language, self-care, self-direction, and capacity for independent living and learning.

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

What happens next?

If you meet eligibility requirements you will be connected to a Service and Support Administrator (SSA) or a Referral and Support Specialist (RSS) to begin your customized service plan that is based on your vision of the future. Explore our Quick Start Guide to discover some of the supports available through Summit DD.

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

If you are not found eligible for services, our team will continue to work with you to identify other community resources to help you.  You also have the right to due process to appeal the decision.

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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