Intake Information for Services for Persons with Intellectual Disability

To apply for services for a person with an intellectual disability, an applicant must complete the intake process. The following information will guide you through the process of applying for services, including the Medicaid Intellectual Disability (Mental Retardation) Waiver.

In order to be eligible for services, the applicant must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be a resident of Fairfax County, Fairfax City, City of Falls Church, or in the custody of Fairfax County Department of Family Services.
  • Be at least 2 years old.
  • Have documentation of a diagnosis of intellectual disability (mental retardation) with onset prior to the age of 18. This criteria is met by the following:
    • If the applicant is between two and six years of age, a developmental evaluation with a diagnosis of developmental delay or intellectual disability; or
    • If the applicant is six years of age or older, a psychological evaluation completed prior to the age of 18 providing a diagnosis of intellectual disability with a full scale IQ of about 70 or below. In addition, an evaluation confirming the diagnosis of intellectual disability is required to have been completed within the past 7 years.
  • Have significant deficits in at least two areas of adaptive living skills (i.e. communication, self-care, home living, social/interpersonal skills, use of community resources, self-direction, functional academic skills, work, leisure, health and safety).

Call 703-324-4400 (TTY 703-324-4495) to contact an Intake Support Coordinator about applying for services.

If the applicant is determined eligible, the Intake Support Coordinator will set up an appointment to meet the applicant. Additional forms and an assessment are completed during this visit. This face-to-face meeting lasts about an hour and completes the intake process.

See the county’s Long-Term Care Coordinating Council information about other types of Medicaid waivers and resources for children with disabilities.

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