Developmental Disabilities System

Long-Term Supports

Supports and services are provided to maximize independent living, employment, and community participation for individuals needing life time support.

  • Supported employment
  • Residential services
  • Community participation
  • Behavioral services
  • Home Mod/Assistive Tech
  • Habilitation
  • Transportation 


Developmental Disabilities System - policies and practices that may affect transition

The mission for Colorado Division for Developmental Disabilities is to join with others to offer the necessary supports with which all people with developmental disabilities have their rightful chance to:

  • be included in Colorado community life,
  • make increasingly responsible choices,
  • exert greater control over their life circumstances,
  • establish and maintain relationships and a sense of belonging,
  • develop and exercise their competencies and talents,
  • experience personal security and self-respect.

Informed Choice

Throughout his or her involvement with DDD, an individual is provided opportunities and assistance to exercise informed choice. Individuals are encouraged to consider a variety of alternatives as these relate to determination of personal goals, development of an Individualized Plan, selection of services and service providers, and determination of successful outcomes. Individuals are encouraged to make and implement their own informed choices.

Many of the DDD-funded services are directed toward inclusion in typical Colorado community lifestyles because adults with developmental disabilities often face isolation from activities enjoyed by the general population.

Waiting Lists

One of the biggest changes from school to adult services involves the move from an entitlement for public education services to a non-entitlement for services through Community Centered Boards. Adult services are only provided within available appropriations. Most often, new applicants for services are placed on a waiting list for services. Placement on the waiting list depends on the date a person was found eligible, or, for adult services, the 14th birth date, whichever date is later. An eligibility date will never change, as long as the individual continues to live in Colorado after being found eligible for services. Individuals decide whether they want to be offered services as soon as possible or at a specific time in their lives, or just want to be on a waiting list just in case things change in their lives and they need more support than they do now. Individuals wanting services as soon as possible will be offered services in order of their placement on the waiting list, when services become available.

Emergency Situations

Although emergency situations may require immediate services, CCBs do not have the ability to provide services on an immediate basis. If there is an emergency, the individual or persons supporting the individual should contact the case manager to obtain help in locating services that can assist on a more immediate basis. If an eligible adult meets one or more of the following criteria, the CCB can determine that the person meets the need for emergency services, and that person will move to the top of the waiting list:

  1. Homeless
  2. In an abusive or neglectful situation
  3. Danger to others
  4. Danger to self
  5. Leaving a mental health institute

However, being moved to the top of the waiting list does not guarantee immediate services if there are other adults awaiting emergency services. When a service becomes available, individuals meeting emergency criteria will be selected in order of priority.