Eligibility

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Per the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, the following is the policy for determining developmental disabilities or developmental delay status.

1) Developmental disability means a severe, chronic disability that meets all of the following criteria:

(a) It is due to a mental or physical impairment (or a combination of mental and physical impairments) other than a mental or physical impairment soley caused by mental illness;

(b) It is observable and affects a persons life before the age of 22;

(c) It is likely to continue indefinitely;

(d) It results in one of the following: (i) in the case of a person under age three, at least one developmental delay or a diagnosed physical or mental condition that has a high chance of causing a developmental delay; (ii) in the case of a person age 3-5, at least two developmental delays or; (iii) in the case of a person age six or older, a substantial functional limitation in at least three areas; 

(e) It causes the person to need a combination and sequence of special interdisciplinary or other type of care, treatment, or services for an extended period of time that is individually planned and coordinated.

2) For children age six through 15, a substantial functional limitation in a major life area is determined through completion of the "Children's Ohio Eligibility Determination Instrument" (COEDI) and application of criteria found therein. The COEDI is used in the eligibility determination process for the county board for all services and supports other than special education services.

3) For persons ages 16 and older, a substantial functional limitation in a major life area is determined through completion of the "Ohio Eligibility Determination Instrument (OEDI) and application of criteria found therein. The OEDI is used in the eligibility determination process for the county board for all services and supports other than special education services. 

4) The OEDI and COEDI shall be administered by county board personnel authorized to do so by the department. At the local county board's discretion, other individuals may be authorized by the department to administer the OEDI and COEDI.