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
To be 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 Community Living Services Intake at
You will take the MnCHOICES Assessment to help determine your need, and you will receive information on how to get a social worker who specializes in Developmental Disability Services. Even if you are not developmentally disabled, other services may fit your needs.
Support and services
The MnCHOICES Assessment 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
- Housing supports
- Recreational opportunities (see the
- Personal care attendant
- Self-directed options
There are many organizations and groups that can help. Other resources you may wish to check are: