DES provides supports and services to more than 35,000 people with developmental disabilities and their families throughout Arizona. The Department strives to provide support by promoting and providing flexible, quality, member-driven services and supports within communities. We value our community connections and emphasis on looking at a person’s strengths and gifts.
Most services to children and adults with developmental disabilities are delivered in the home as well as their community and are based upon each person’s identified needs, state and/or federal guidelines and, when applicable, the availability of funds. Services are authorized and monitored by a support coordinator (case manager). The support coordinator promotes access to community resources and flexibility in meeting the person’s needs. While some services are delivered directly by the State, most services are delivered through a large network of individual and agency contracted providers.
Services are provided throughout the lifespan of an eligible member. For children under the age of three who have certain developmental delays, the DES Division of Developmental Disabilities works in partnership with the DES Arizona Early Intervention Program (AZEIP) and community agencies to provide early intervention services for these children and their families. Early intervention services help young children grow and develop as well as support their families.
During the school years, services for children and young adults may include specific skills training, behavioral health services, assistance with daily life activities, assistance with transition from school to work or respite (caregiver relief). For adult members, supports may include training to get and keep a job, structured day time activities, in home assistance with daily life activities and other skills training. Out of home residential placements are also available for children and adults, if needed. Acute care health plans are provided to most members.
Legislation The Department of Economic Security’s Annual Title XIX Reimbursement Rate Study reports the adequacy and appropriateness of Title XIX reimbursement rates to the Division of Developmental Disabilities service providers, in accordance with Arizona Revised Statute § 36-2959.