DDS Eligibility

In order to receive services and supports from DDS, children (younger than 18 years of age) and adults (18 or older) must first be determined eligible. You may request an Application for Eligibility from your local area or regional office. Individuals residing in Braintree, Cohasset, Hingham, Hull, Milton, Norwell, Quincy, Randolph, Scituate, and Weymouth should contact the South Coastal Area Office at 781-337-2165 or the Southeast Region Eligibility Team at 508-866-8800.

Center staff is available to assist families with completing the Application for Eligibility form and to answer any questions about the intake process.

The applicant, parent, or guardian is responsible for obtaining all relevant information needed to determine eligibility. When all assessments are completed and information is gathered, the Regional Eligibility Team Psychologist conducts a review and makes the determination decision.

It is important to remember that eligibility criteria for adult services are different from criteria for children’s services. Young adults need to reapply to DDS during their 17th year. A new adult eligibility determination will be conducted even though the individual was determined eligible and received services as a child.

For an overview of DDS Eligibility Criteria & Process, visit

Other Health and Human Services Agencies
Children and adults may qualify for multiple state Health and Human Service agency services. Below is a list of other agencies that may provide these services. Click on the agency link below to access their website and learn more about the resources and supports they provide and how to apply.

Department of Mental Health
Department of Public Health
Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission
Massachusetts Commission for the Blind
Department of Youth Services
Department of Children and Families
Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Office for Refugees and Immigrants
Executive Office of Elder Affairs


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