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Eligibility Criteria 

Health and Human Services
Developmental Disabilties- Eligibility Criteria

Mental Retardation

Established by Law
ORS Chapter 427

Must use AAMR, 1977


  1. Must be determined to be in place by 18th birth date
  2. IQ 69 is cap for clearly defining mental retardation
  3. IQ span 70-75 may be eligible as a person with mental retardation if; a significant impairment to adaptive functioning exists that is directly related to the issues of mental retardation ( see 6. in right column)
  4. This adaptive impairment cannot be primarily related to any of the following:
  • mental/ emotional disorders
  • sensory impairments
  • substance abuse
  • personality disorder
  • learning disability
  • ADHD

 

Other Developmental Disabilities

Established by Federal Definition

State of Oregon develops the guidelines for interpretation.


  1. Must be determined to be in place by 22nd birth date
  2. IQ scores are not used in verifying the presence of a non-mental retardation developmental disability
  3. Must have either an official medial or clinical diagnosis of the disability and a significant impairment to adaptive functioning ht is directly related to the specific disability
  4. This adaptive impairment cannot be primarily related to any of the following:
  • mental/ emotional disorders
  • sensory impairments
  • substance abuse
  • personality disorder
  • learning disability
  • ADHD
  1. In the State of Oregon, the developmental disability must have its genesis in the brain
  2. The support needs of the person must be "similar to that required by individuals with mental retardation (OAR309-041-0405(17)) i.e.: self care, receptive language, expressive language, mobility, self-direction, and a need for multiple-specialized supports indefinitely 

Most frequent other developmental disabilities ( above right column) seen for eligibility are:

  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Tourettes
  • Fragile X Syndrome
  • Prader Willier
  • Fetal Neurological Disorders (alcohol, lead, drugs, disease)
  • Epilepsy
  • Klinefelter
  • TBI (traumatic brain injury)
  • Pervasive Developmental Disorders

Links:

Oregon Department of Health Services: Eligibility Handbook