Medicaid Acronym of the Day – DD

Developmental Disabilities – A severe, chronic disability of a person 5 years of age or older which:

(a) Is attributable to a mental or physical impairment or is a combination of mental and physical impairments;

(b) Is manifested before the person attains age twenty-two;

(c) Results in substantial functional limitations in three or more of the following areas of major life activity:

  • (I) self care;
  • (ii) receptive and expressed language;
  • (iii) learning;
  • (iv) mobility;
  • (v) self direction;
  • (vi) capacity for independent living; and
  • (vii) economic self sufficiency;

and (e) reflects the person’s need for a combination and sequence of special, interdisciplinary or generic care, treatment or other services which are lifelong or extended duration and are individually planned and coordinated; except that such term, when applied to infants and young children (meaning individuals from birth to age 5, inclusive),who have substantial developmental delay or specific congenital or acquired conditions with a high probability of resulting in developmental disabilities if services are not provided.

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