Developmental Disability Services provided through Social Services determines eligibility for services, and assesses the needs for adults and children with developmental disabilities. The County identifies service and support options based on need and available funding. County staff provides information, advocacy and consultation.
For children age birth to 5 years
To be eligible, the child must be determined to have a substantial developmental delay by your school and/or medical professional.
For individuals age 5 and older
eligible, the person must have an IQ and adaptive scores under 70. A person may also be eligible if they have a related condition such as cerebral palsy, autism
or a seizure disorder, and they must have limitations in areas such as self-care, communication, social skills, learning, mobility, self-direction and independent living.
The IQ assessment must be conducted by a licensed psychologist or school psychologist. Dakota County may be able to pay for the assessment if there is no other funding source.
Apply for services
For more information about these services, call Dakota County Intake:
- For adults 18 and older: 651-554-6424
- For children under 18: 952-891-7459
Intake will complete an initial assessment and refer you to the department which will be able to best help you.
Intake information sessions
Support and services
Developmental Disability Services will identify the support and services each individual needs. Some of the options include:
- In- and out-of-home respite care
- In-home staff supports
- Behavioral interventions
- Community integration activities
- Home or vehicle modifications
- Therapies, special diets, or equipment not covered by insurance or other sources
- Daily living skills
- Employment supports – Monthly sessions are provided to give information on employment opportunities and day service options. See the schedule for more details.
- Housing supports
- Recreational opportunities (see the Recreational Directory)
There are many organizations and groups that can help. Other resources you may wish to check are: