Home-Based Services to Families
The Developmental Disabilities Program (DDP) contracts with private, non-profit corporations to provide services to children with developmental disabilities. These service programs are located in communities throughout Montana and provide an array of family education and support services for children with developmental disabilities and their families, based on individual child and family needs. Services are available to families regardless of income, as long as the child is eligible. For example, a child who has a developmental disability or a child who is at risk for such a disability may be eligible for these services. Currently, more than 1,600 children and families are served through these DDP-funded programs.
Families who have a child with a disability must cope with many challenges in order to keep their family together and raise their child at home. In addition, the early part of a child's life is the most critical stage in terms of development. Montana offers a variety of services to natural, adoptive, and foster parents of children with disabilities to enable families to stay together and assist their children in reaching their full potential. Services to over 1630 children are delivered by contracted service provider agencies with headquarters located in Glasgow, Miles City, Billings, Great Falls, Helena and Missoula. Each program provides outreach services in multi-county areas, so services are available to any eligible child and family living anywhere in the state.
Eligibility for childrens DD services are dependent on a variety of criteria, depending on the program and its funding source. To find out if your child may be eligible for services, or to apply for services, contact the provider listed below who is nearest to where you live.
- Developmental Disabilities Program Region Offices
- Early Intervention Services - birth to age 3
- Family Education and Support Services - across the life span
- Intensive Needs Services - birth to age 2