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Q. What is Developmental Disabilities Resource Center and its mission?

DDRC is a Colorado nonprofit organization, established in 1964, which works to create opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families to participate fully in their community. DDRC is the designated Community Centered Board for Jefferson, Gilpin, Clear Creek and Summit Counties serving children and adults with developmental disabilities and providing support to their families.

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Q. What is DDRC's role in the community?

DDRC is a Single Entry Point into local, state and federally funded services and supports for children and adults with developmental delays or disabilities in Jefferson, Gilpin, Clear Creek and Summit Counties. DDRC employs 500 plus staff, many who live and recreate in these communities thus contributing to the economy of our local communities. DDRC has not only served children, adults and families but have helped them be included in community life and also helped our communities to welcome them. Many youth and adults have gained employment in our service areas through the services and support of DDRC. Many family members are able to work and live with more ease due to DDRC.

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Q. Who runs DDRC?

DDRC has a voluntary Board of Directors comprised of leaders in the DDRC communities' service areas. There are 17 Board members. Over half of the board members have a family member with intellectual or developmental disabilities. These family members and others are leaders of key agencies or businesses in our local areas. The Board hires the Executive Director who provides leadership and management of the organization.

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Q. How is DDRC funded?

DDRC's revenue sources include Medicaid, State and local funds, donations and grants.

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Q. Who does DDRC serve?

DDRC serves children and adults of all ages that meet the Colorado criteria for a developmental delay (under 5 years of age) or a developmental disability (5 years of age and older). Currently DDRC serves approximately 3800 children and adults and their families.

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Q. What is Colorado's criteria for a developmental delay and how do I request a developmental delay determination?

A child under the age of five who has a significant delay in one or more areas of development, or are at risk for developmental delays due to a neurological condition, or lives with a parent who has a developmental disability. To request a developmental delay determination click here.

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Q. What is Colorado's criteria for a developmental disability and how do I request a developmental disability determination?

A developmental disability occurs prior to 22 years of age, constitutes a substantial disability to the individual, and is attributable to a neurological condition when such conditions result in either an impairment of general intellectual functioning or an impairment of adaptive behavior similar to a person with an intellectual disability. To request a developmental disability determination click here.

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Q. What services does DDRC offer?

DDRC provides a wide array of services funded through Medicaid Waiver, State and local funding. The basic types of services include but are not limited to the following: Service coordination and early intervention services for infants and toddler In home services and supports Day habilitation, vocational services, job coaching and employment Community connections support Residential services including apartment living, host homes and group homes Family caregiver services and supports Behavioral health services Therapeutic Recreation Computer lab and technology support Case Management/Resource Coordination Services

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Q. What service providers does DDRC work with?

DDRC has a large network of providers, most of whom bill Medicaid directly. Some service agencies choose to contract and bill through DDRC in its role as an Organized Health Care Delivery System. To connect with the state provider list click here.

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Q. Why do some services have a waiting list?

Lack of funding is the primary reason for waiting lists or waiting times for services. For HCBS-DD Waiver services, which includes residential services, the waiting list in the DDRC service area is up to 20 years long as the funding appropriated by the state legislature falls short of the number of people in need of such services. The legislature has appropriated funds for children eligible for the Children's Extensive Support Waiver and also for adults eligible for the Supported Living Services Waiver eliminating waiting lists for those services.

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Q. What are DDRC's administrative costs?

DDRC's maintains development, fund raising, advocacy and administrative costs of 10.1% demonstrating our strong commitment to getting the most support possible to the people we serve.

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