Currently, the Department serves approximately 23,000 adults with intellectual disabilities. Eligibility is the first step towards obtaining specialized services and supports through the Department. To be eligible, the adult must:
  • be 18 years or older; and,
  • be domiciled in Massachusetts, which generally means residing and intending to remain in Massachusetts permanently or for an indefinitely period; and,
  • have intellectual disability * as defined in DDS regulations, 115 CMR 2.00 Definitions (eff. Dec 2012) pdf format of 115 CMR 2.00 Definitions (eff. Dec 2012)
rtf format of 115 CMR 2.00 Definitions (eff. Dec 2012) .

*Intellectual disability is synonymous in definition with mental retardation.


This information is provided by the Department of Developmental Services.