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DDRS Home > Developmental Disability (BDDS) Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services

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About Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services

The Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services (DDRS) Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services (BDDS) provides services for individuals with developmental disabilities that enable them to live as independently as possible in their communities. BDDS assists individuals in receiving community supports and residential services using a person-centered plan to help determine which services are needed and who can best provide them. BDDS also monitors the quality of care and the facilities of those who are approved to provide these services in Indiana.

Services and Service Information

BDDS provides an array of services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. To explore the types of services that BDDS offers, service descriptions have been provided below, or you may contact your local BDDS field services office. To apply for services or to determine if you may qualify for services, please contact the local BDDS field services office near you.

Home & Community Based Medicaid Waivers

Community Integration and Habilitation Waiver (CIHW): This waiver provides Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) to participants in a range of community settings as an alternative to care in an intermediate care facility for individuals with developmental disabilities(ICF/IDD) or related conditions. The waiver serves persons with a developmental disability, intellectual disability or autism and who have substantial functional limitations, as defined under the paragraph for “Persons with related conditions” in 42 CFR 435.1010. Participants may choose to live in their own home, family home, or community setting appropriate to their needs. Participants develop an Individualized  Support Plan (ISP) using a person centered planning process guided by an Individualized Support Team (IST). The goal of the CIH Waiver is to provide access to meaningful and necessary home and community-based services and supports, seeks to implement services and supports in a manner that respects the participant’s personal beliefs and customs, ensures that services are  cost-effective, facilitates the participant’s involvement in the community where he/she lives and works, facilitates the participant’s  development of social relationships in his/her home and work communities, and facilitates the participants independent living. Community Integration and Habilitation Waiver (CIH) Effective July 1, 2015.

Family Supports Waiver (FSW): This waiver provides Medicaid HCBS waiver services to participants in a range of community settings as an alternative to care in an intermediate care facility individuals with developmental disabilities(ICF/IDD) or related conditions. The waiver serves persons with a developmental disability, intellectual disability or autism and who have substantial functional limitations, as defined under “Persons with related conditions” in 42 CFR 435.1010. Participants may choose to live in their own home, family home, or community setting appropriate to their needs. Participants develop an Individualized Support Plan (ISP) using a person centered planning process guided by an Individual Support Team (IST). The IST includes the participant, their case manager and anyone else of the participant’s choosing but typically family and/or friends. The participant, with the Team selects services, identifies service providers of their choice and develops a plan of care and is subject to an annual waiver services cap of $16,545. The FSW provides access to meaningful and necessary home and community-based services and supports, implements services and supports in a manner that respects the participant’s personal beliefs and customs, ensures that services are cost-effective, facilitates the participant’s involvement in the community where he/she lives and works, facilitates the participant’s development of social relationships in his/her home and work communities, and facilitates the participant’s independent living. Family Supports Waiver (FSW) Application Effective April 1, 2015.

Supervised Group Living (SGL): A Group Home or Supervised Group Living (SGL)) is a residential option and alternative to waiver placements for eligible individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities needing services. There are almost 500 SGL homes in the State of Indiana with a capacity to serve over 3,000 individuals. Homes are licensed and governed by state and federal regulations and have an annual recertification for Life Safety by the Indiana State Department of Health.

BDDS Resources

  • BDDS Waitlist Web Portal
  • BDDS District Field Services locations and maps
  • Developmental Disability (DD) Eligibility IC 12-7-2-61
  • CIH Transform: This page will contain information and updates on work surrounding the Community Integration and Habilitation waiver and stakeholder input. Having closed Indiana state institutions, we now want to think about what we want our community service systems to look like in the future. This page and its information will be an opportunity for interested individuals to help identify key priorities for Indiana’s community service systems moving forward. We invite you to join us as we begin discussions about exciting systems changes in Indiana and ask that you check back here frequently for information on CIH Transform - A multi-year effort to engage stakeholders and advance services for individuals with disabilities.>

Caregiver Supports Services

The Caregiver Support services provides temporary assistance to families caring for eligible persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are residing with the family or legal guardian. Caregiver Supports are short-term relief period for the primary caregiver. These supports can be provided in the primary caregiver’s and person’s home or a non-private residential setting. Caregiver Support services are furnished on a short-term hourly basis. The service is designed to provide temporary relief of the primary caregiver to the greatest number of eligible families within the available funds.

How does someone apply for Caregiver Support Services?
Applications for Caregiver Support Services may be made online, by mail or in-person. To apply online, please click on the online application link below. To apply by mail or in-person please call or visit your local BDDS District office and request an application. 

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