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Individual and Family Developmental Disabilities Support (IFDDS)Waiver

Important Note

The IFDDS Waiver (DD Waiver) provides services to individuals who are 6 years of age and older who have a related condition and do not have a diagnosis of Intellectual Disability who (1) meet the Intermediate Care Facility for the Intellectually Disabled or Persons with related conditions (ICF/ID) level of care criteria (2) are determined to be at imminent risk of ICF/ID placement, and (3) are determined that community-based care services under the DD Waiver are the critical services that enable the individual to remain at home rather than being placed in an ICF/ID.


A related condition is a severe chronic disability, closely related to Intellectual Disability because this condition results in impairment of general intellectual functioning or adaptive behavior, one which manifested before the person reaches age 22, likely to continue indefinitely and results in functional limitation in 3 or more following categories: health status, communication, task learning skills, personal/self care, mobility, behavior, and community living skills. Examples of related conditions may include but not limited to cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, shaken baby syndrome, autism, spina bifida and epilepsy.” The DD Waiver has “slots” that are funded by the Virginia General Assembly. Individuals using the DD Waiver must have a funded slot in order to participate, and there is currently a first come first served waiting list for this program. To find out how long the waiting list is now, call the Department of Medical Assistance Services at 804-786-1465. A staff member can explain the waiting list and the process used to fill the slots as they become available.


For more information about this and other Medicaid programs, look on-line at the Department of Medical Assistance Services or contact the Medicaid Mentor Program (toll free) at 1-866-323-1088 or 757-461-8007.


What makes someone eligible for the IFDDS Waiver?

The IFDDS Waiver provides home and community-based services for individuals six (6) years of age and older who need significant support due to a developmental disability (such as autism, cerebral palsy, or spina bifida) but who do not have a diagnosis of intellectual disability. (However, individuals with a diagnosis of intellectual disability may qualify for the Day Support Waiver and the Intellectual Disability Waiver).


As with all Medicaid-funded services, there are also financial eligibility criteria.


Services offered through the IFDDS Waiver


If you answer yes to all of the following questions, you may be eligible for the IFDDS Waiver.


Next Steps

If you think that you might qualify for the IFDDS Waiver, contact one of the local Child Development Clinics that serve as the screening teams for this waiver to request a screening. You can locate the Clinic closest to you and view the screening form by visiting the Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) website. A representative from the Clinic will schedule a meeting with you to assess your needs and determine if you qualify for this waiver.  If you do qualify, you and your case manager will create a service plan, and DMAS will place you on the waiting list until a slot becomes available.



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