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Development Disabilities

Mission Statement:  Every child, adult and family in the state of Arizona will be safe and economically secure.



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Overview of Developmental Disabilities Program:

The Arizona Department of Economic Security I Division of Developmental Disabilities and the Navajo Nation Social Services provide services and programs to eligible members with Cognitive Disabilities, Autism, Epilepsy and Cerebral Palsy.

The Division believes individuals can best be served in integrated community settings.  Thus, the majority of programs and services are tailored to meet individual's needs at home and in community-based settings.

The Division coordinates services and resources through a central administrative office, the district office and other DES/DDD offices throughout the state of Arizona and the Navajo Nation offices in Window Rock, Chinle and Tuba City, Arizona.

Who is Eligible for Services?

Any Arizona resident who has a chronic disability, which is attributed to Cognitive Disability, Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy or Autism that was manifested before the age of 18 may be eligible for services.  The disability must result in the following areas of major life activity (1) self care, (2) receptive and expressive language, (3) learning, (4) mobility, (5) self-direction, (6) capacity for independent living, and (7) economic self-sufficiency.  Children under the age of six years may be eligible if there is a strongly demonstrated potential that the child is, or will become, developmental disabled.


The Developmental Diabilities Program was established in 1996 under an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) with the State of Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES)/DDD.  Program operate under a case management rate, which is negotiated with the State of Arizona.  The program is in State operated buildings and utilizes State owned equipment.  The equipment utilized are updated and maintained by State DTS and MIS staff.  The case management software utilized is called FOCUS.  It is a comprehensive and fully integrated system, which is networked throughout the State.  Any case manager can look up information on any client information, assigned case manager, contact information, and location of the file.  Within the offices, supervisors are able to access records from any office at any time. Currently, our paper files are scanned into the FOCUS system database as the program is paperless.  This task was a huge undertaking, but a necessary step to become more efficient in our service delivery and overall services quality.




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