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)
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*Intellectual disability is synonymous in definition with mental retardation.


This information is provided by the Department of Developmental Services.