Eligibility to receive services from the Division of Developmental Disability is determined by what’s known as a functional assessment.

A developmental disability is a disability which is attributable to intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, head injury, autism, or a learning disability related to a brain dysfunction, or any other mental or physical or mental impairment which occurs before the age 22.

It must be determined that this disability is likely to continue indefinitely and that it results in a substantial functional limitation in two or more of the following six areas of major life activities:

  • Self care
  • Receptive and expressive language development and use
  • Learning
  • Self-direction
  • Capacity for independent living
  • Economic self sufficiency and mobility

Services are provided to persons of any age. The only age requirement in determining eligibility is that the disability must have occurred prior to age 22 and is likely to last indefinitely.

How do I begin?

If you believe you are eligible for services, the first step is to contact the Springfield Regional Office:

515 E. Pythian
PO Box 5030
Springfield, MO 65801
Phone: 417-895-7400
Fax: 417-895-7412

Once you are deemed eligible, a local Case Manager will be assigned to you. Contact us at 417-334-8985 for additional information.