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Developmental Disabilities (DD) Waiver

Page posted: 11/29/04

Page reviewed: 5/6/13

Page updated: 5/6/13

Legal authority

Federally approved DD Waiver Plan, Minn. Stat. §252.27, Minn. Stat. §256B.092, 42 CFR 483.440, Minn. R. 9525.0004 to 9525.0036


Developmental Disabilities (DD) Waiver: Home and community based services necessary as an alternative to institutionalization that promote the optimal health, independence, safety and integration of a person who meets the waiver eligibility criteria and who would require the level of care provided in an Intermediate Care Facility for Persons with Developmental Disabilities.


To be eligible for the DD Waiver, a person must choose the DD Waiver and meet all of the following criteria:

1. Eligible for Medical Assistance (MA) based on a disability diagnosis
2. Have a developmental disability or a related condition as defined in Minn. Rules 9525.0016, Subp. 2
3. Determined by the case manager/service coordinator to meet the ICF/DD level of care criteria
4. Require daily interventions, daily service needs and a 24-hour plan of care that is specified in the community support plan
5. Assessed to need a residential habilitation service that must be included in the person’s community support plan
6. Have made an informed choice of waiver services instead of ICF/DD services
7. Have an assessed need for supports and services over and above those available through the MA State Plan.

ICF/DD Level of Care criteria

To meet the requirements for ICF/DD level of care, a person must meet all of the following:

  • • In need of continuous active treatment
  • • Have a diagnosis of developmental disability or a related condition
  • • Require a 24-hour plan of care
  • • Require aggressive and consistent training due to an inability to apply skills learned in one environment to a new environment.
  • Covered services

    Click on one of the following DD Waiver services to link to the policy/program page for the service. For billing information, see CBSM – Waiver rates and billing.

    Secondary information

    Minnesota Rules require that services and supports be designed and delivered consistent with Rule 185 case management goals. See CBSM – Rule 185 case management for more information.

    DHS does not reimburse short-term admission to an ICF/DD from the DD Waiver as respite care.

    Local waiver administration

    Local county or tribal administration acting as agents for the state Medicaid agency and DHS have many responsibilities. See the State, county or tribal responsibilities for waiver management section on CBSM – Waiver programs overview.

    Waiver forms

    To access a comparison grid of forms applicable across and/or specific to waiver programs, see CBSM – Required waiver forms.

    Process and procedure

    Additional resources

    DD Screening Document Codebook

    CBSM – DD Waiver waiting list guide

    Developmental Disabilities (DD) Waiver Program Brochure DHS-4849 (PDF)

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