What is Re-determination?
“Re-determination” is the process when the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) looks at the information we have about you or your child and decides if you or your child continues to be eligible or need DDD services. During the re-determination process, you or your child will continue to receive supports and services.
When Does Re-determination of DDD Eligibility Happen?
The Division examines member eligibility at two age milestones
- The first being prior to you/your child’s 6th birthday.
- The second at your/their 18th birthday.
- Does not require a new application.
- May require additional information supporting a DDD qualifying diagnosis or presence of significant functional limitations. This may happen if your child did not have a qualifying diagnosis and was made eligible in the “At Risk” category. This may also happen if there is a diagnosis, but we need more information about your child’s substantial functional limitations.
Requires a new application signed by you or your legal representative.
Why do I need a new application?
In Arizona, when your child turns 18, she/ he’s considered an adult. As a legal adult she/ he has legal rights that the parent used to have. DDD is a voluntary program. DDD needs the person making decisions for the child or the adult child to agree that they want services.
What if my adult child cannot make legal decisions?
If you feel that your child is unable to make legal decisions, there are several options. Find out what option fits you and your adult child by reading the Legal Options Manual or contacting Raising Special Kids for information about transition to adulthood workshops.
You can still help your adult child with the re-determination process even if you do not have guardianship in place.
May require additional information to show that you or your adult child still has significant functional limitations. This might happen when current medical and school records are not in the file.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Can I Expect During the DDD Re-determination Process?
We may ask you for more documentation to support a qualifying diagnosis. Typically, if we have documentation that meets ALL the requirements for eligibility for people who are 6 years and older then we do not require additional documentation.
What happens to my services and supports during this process?
You or your child will continue to receive services and supports.
What Can I Do to Help DDD Make an Informed Decision?
You, your child, or your Legal Representative and your Support Coordinator will talk about the process at least 6 months prior to the re-determination. You might be asked to provide additional documents to show you or your child have significant functional limitations, such as:
- You or your child’s Multidisciplinary Evaluation Team (MET) and Individualized Education Plan (IEP) records.
- You or your child’s current medical, behavioral and/or psychological records and evaluations.
- You or your child’s physical, speech or occupational therapy notes.
- Additional acceptable documentation is listed on the eligibility page.
Where Can I Get More Information?
For more specific eligibility information please refer to the eligibility page, review the Division Eligibility Manual or contact your Support Coordinator.
What Can I do if I Am Asked for More Documentation and I Don’t Think It is Needed?
If you have concerns about what we ask you to give us, please speak with your support coordinator or the Unit Supervisor. After speaking with Support Coordination you still have concerns, you may contact Eligibility at (866) 229-5553.
What Can I do if I Disagree with the Decision?
If we find you are not eligible, we will write you a letter and tell you why. If you disagree with us, this letter will tell you how to file an Administrative Review. You or your family member will continue to get all of your services and supports during this process.