Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services supports more than 7,600 people with DD in our community each year. All of our services are person-centered, meaning we treat each person we serve as a unique individual and connect them to services tailored to reflect the life they want. By collaborating with more than 1,000 certified service providers, we’re able to support people to live a life that’s important and meaningful to them, on their own terms.
The Introduction and Eligibility team should be your first stop, no matter your age. Even if you or your loved one don't currently need services, completing the eligibility process now can be helpful if you need support in the future. Learn more about eligibility here.
At Any Age
- Service and support administrators (SSAs) are the primary point of coordination for people served by HCDDS. Learn more about SSAs here.
- Our Behavior Support team focuses on both real and perceived safety. Learn more about Behavior Support here.
- The Major Unusual Incident (MUI) department works to keep people safe by investigating incidents against people with DD and working to prevent future incidents. Learn more about MUI here.
- The outstanding network of providers in Hamilton County forms the backbone of our system for supporting people with developmental disabilities, ensuring people have a wide range of choices for quality services that offer the support they need. No matter what provider people choose, HCDDS coordinates all services ensuring quality standards while keeping people safe. You can explore our provider search tool here.
- For children ages 0-3 with developmental delays, early intervention provides free, in-home support to equip families. Learn more about early intervention here.
- For children ages 3-5 who have completed Early Intervention, early childhood services may be available. Learn more by contacting your EI team or Introduction and Eligibility.
- For students in their local school districts, we provide itinerant support to equip students and educators for success. Learn more about itinerant support here.
- For students ages 14-22, our transition consultants work with students, families, and teachers to develop personalized transition plans that will equip students as they prepare to graduate from high school. Learn more about transition services here.
- For students with significant disabilities who are referred by their local school districts, we operate two schools. Learn more about Bobbie B. Fairfax and Margaret B. Rost schools here.
- Your SSA can help you explore person-centered supports based on your unique needs and funding source, including service coordination, day programs, transportation, housing, and more. Learn more about SSAs here.
- We help people with developmental disabilities discover opportunities and navigate the path to employment by working with businesses and other agencies. Learn more about employment supports here.
- We work to empower people with disabilities to fully engage with their neighborhoods and communities as engaged citizens. Learn more about community integration support here.
- Hamilton County has an active advocacy community focused on inclusion, accessibility, voting rights, housing, transportation, and more. Advocates with developmental disabilities lead many of these efforts. Learn more about advocacy here.
We work to empower and equip families by bridging the gap between disability-based services and natural supports in a person's community. Click here to explore our resources section where you can learn about other programs and discover useful information.
Hamilton County DD Services works with more than 1,000 local service providers, and supporting those providers is an essential part of our role. If you're a provider or interested in becoming one, you can click here to learn more by visiting our provider resources page.