Developmental Disabilities

Understanding Developmental Disabilities

A developmental disability, according to the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act, is defined as a severe, chronic disability which:

  • Is expected to continue indefinitely, and substantially restricts the individual's functioning in several major life activities
  • Originated at birth or during childhood

Eligibility Criteria

A Diagnosis of Mental Retardation / Developmental Delay

Include individuals with an IQ of 70 or less and demonstrated deficits in adaptive behavior that manifest before the person's 22 birthday. Examples of developmental disabilities include Autism, Behavior Disorders, Brain Injury, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Mental Retardation, and Spina Bifida.

A Diagnosis of a Related Condition

A person is diagnosed as having a severe, chronic disability that meets all of the following conditions:

  • Is attributable to Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy, Autism, Prader-Willi Syndrome, or any other condition, other than mental illness or an emotional disturbance
  • Is found to be closely related to developmental disability because the condition results in impairment of general intellectual functioning or adaptive behavior similar to that of persons with a developmental disability and requires treatment or services similar to those required for persons with developmental disability
  • Is likely to continue indefinitely
  • Is manifested before the person reaches 22 years of age
  • Results in substantial functional limitations in 3 or more of the following areas of major life activity:
    • Capacity for independent living
    • Learning
    • Mobility
    • Self-care
    • Self-direction
    • Understanding and use of language

Eligibility Process for Developmental Disability Services

Developmental Disability services are available to individuals from birth through adult life. To apply for services - obtain, complete, and turn in an application to Nicollet County Social Services. Individuals will have an assessment completed either by an outside provider or by a county provider to determine if the individual is eligible for services.

Eligibility is determined by a cognitive test (IQ) and daily living skills assessments. If eligible, services may include assistance for disabled children, adults, and their families with facilitative, supportive, administrative services and supports that:

  • Are meaningful to the person receiving the services
  • Encourages growth towards independence
  • If you would like to apply for services, please contact Nicollet County Social Services
  • Is uniquely based on each individual's strengths and needs
  • Promotes community living
  • Provide opportunities to enhance their quality of life

Developmental Disabilities Intake

In order to determine eligibility for services, you will need to provide our agency with the following documents and information:

  • Completed Social and Developmental History Questionnaire
  • Copy of medical exam, completed within the last 12 months and signed by your pediatrician or primary doctor. A form is enclosed for you to use, but information is not required to be on this form
  • Copy of most recent IFSP or IEP from school
  • Copy of most recent school assessment
  • Current IA Assessment done within the last 3 years (May be a part of the IFSP or IEP)
  • Other documents of disability from other agencies
  • Signed Mental Health Diagnostic Assessment Consent of Release Form which allows Nicollet County to obtain most recent mental health information from the mental health practitioner

Information can be returned to our agency, Attention of Todd Gieseke. If you have any questions about this request or services that could be provided, please call 507-386-4528.