Initiating Services for New NJ Residents

Moving to New Jersey and trying to access services for your adult child can be a daunting task if you’re not aware of what steps to follow. In order to qualify for any services, an individual must first:


  • Apply and meet the functional criteria of having a developmental disability 

Determination of Eligibility, Division Circular #3 

  • Be Medicaid eligible and maintain Medicaid eligibility

  • New Jersey must be the applicant’s primary residence at the time of application


  • Individual must be 18 years or older to be evaluated by DDD for functional eligibility of services


  • To meet the functional criteria, an individual must have a chronic physical and or intellectual disability that manifests itself in the developmental years and is lifelong in nature and substantially limits the individual in at least three of the following areas of life activities: self-care, mobility, learning, communication, self-direction, economic self-sufficiency and the ability to live independently.


  • Individual must be 21 years old or older and be eligible for Medicaid to receive services


  • To be evaluated, the individual or parent/guardian must fill out the application and mail it with all signed forms and documentation to the Community Service office that services the applicants county of residence and address it to Division of Developmental Disabilities Intake. A DDD intake worker will answer any questions for you and guide you through the application if you’re having difficulty.