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Definition of Developmental Disabilities:

A developmental disability is defined as a severe, chronic disability that:

  • Is attributable to a mental and/or physical impairment that is not solely caused by mental illness
  • Manifested before the age of 22
  • Is likely to continue indefinitely

Birth through 2 years

Pickaway County Early Intervention provides services to infants and toddlers under the age of three who have a qualifying medical diagnosis or developmental delays.

PCBDD works in partnership with Help Me Grow to provide developmental evaluations and Early Intervention services for infants and toddlers with developmental delays. All referrals for children birth through two are made through Help Me Grow Central Intake. To contact Help Me Grow, please call (740)474-9544. Parents must give permission to have their child evaluated.

Early Intervention services begin with an evaluation in order to determine eligibility. A Help Me Grow service coordinator will then assist the family in determining the needs of the child, utilizing all available resources to help the family meet the needs of their child in the most natural environment (home, child care center or family day care, and recreational settings like playgrounds, libraries, or play groups).

An advanced evaluation is offered to families who suspect their child may be on the autism spectrum.

Ages 3 through 5

Children ages 3 through 5 years are considered eligible for services if they are eligible for special education services based on the Evaluation Team Report (ETR) completed by their local school district, have a medical diagnosis that is known to cause developmental delays, OR have standardized testing showing documented delays of a standard deviation of -2.0 in one area or a -1.5 in two areas. Children must have their eligibility re-determined at age 6 in order for services to continue.

To make a referral for Service and Support Administration, contact 740-477-3353.

Ages 6 through 15

A child who is between 6 and 16 years old is eligible for services if he or she meets the following criteria:

  • Has been diagnosed with a developmental disability by a qualified professional.
  • Has a diagnosis that is expected to be life-long.
  • Is determined to have three functional limitations based on the results of the Children's Ohio Eligibility Determination Instrument (COEDI). The areas that will be assessed are:

    • Self-Care: Skills such as bathing, toileting, dressing, eating, etc.
    • Communication: Skills in the areas of receptive and expressive communication
    • Mobility: How well the child moves about in their environment
    • Learning: The child's ability to read, tell time, count money, etc.
    • Self-Direction: The child's ability to make age appropriate decisions and understand cause and effect
    • Capacity for Independent Living: The child's ability to do daily living tasks at an age appropriate level such as make a snack, operate a television or microwave, take dirty dishes to sink, etc.
    • Eligibility determinations can be initiated at any time. Reassessments with the Ohio Eligibility
    • Determination Instrument (COEDI/OEDI) will occur at age 6, 16, and as determined by the director of Support Administration.

Ages 16 through adult

A person over the age of 16 is eligible for services if he or she meets the following criteria:

  • Has been diagnosed with a developmental disability by a qualified professional. Must have occurred before the age of 22.
  • Has a diagnosis that is expected to be life-long.
  • Is determined to have three functional limitations based on the results of the Ohio Eligibility Determination Instrument (OEDI) The areas that will be assessed are:
    • Self-Care: Skills such as bathing, toileting, dressing, eating, etc.
    • Communication: Skills in the areas of receptive and expressive communication
    • Mobility: How well the individual moves about in their environment
    • Learning: The individual's ability to read, tell time, count money, etc.
    • Self-Direction: The individual's ability to make age appropriate decisions and understand cause and effect
    • Capacity for Independent Living: The individual's ability to do daily living tasks at an age appropriate level such as make a snack, operate a television or microwave, take dirty dishes to sink, etc.
    • Economic Self-Sufficiency: The individual's ability to work and manage their finances

Eligibility determinations can be initiated at any time. Reassessments with the Ohio Eligibility Determination Instrument (COEDI/OEDI) will occur at age 6, 16, and as determined by the director of Support Administration.

For additional information regarding eligibility please refer to the Eligibility Policy.

If, after selecting the correct age group, you still have questions regarding the eligibility process, please email Intake and Eligibility.

Eligibility will be determined within 45 calendar days after all the required information has been received. Once you are determined eligible for services, you will be assigned to a support administrator who will meet with you to discuss your needs and write a plan to assist you.

 

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