Eligibility for 18 and Over

Eligibility for Individuals Age 18 and Over

To be eligible, an adult must be a person with Developmental Disability or a related condition.

A person with Developmental Disability means a person who has substantial limitations in present functioning, manifested as significantly sub average intellectual functioning (IQ under 70), existing concurrently with demonstrated deficits in adaptive behavior and who manifests these conditions before the person's 22nd birthday.

A person with a related condition means a person who has been diagnosed as having a severe, chronic disability that meets all of the following conditions:

  1. is attributable to cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism, Prader-Willi syndrome, or any other condition, other than mental illness or an emotional disturbance and is found to be closely related to developmental disability because the condition results in impairment of general intellectual functioning or adaptive behavior similar to that of persons withdevelopmental disabilities and requires treatment or services similar to those required for persons with developmental disabilities;
  2. is manifested before the person reaches 22 years of age;
  3. is likely to continue indefinitely; and
  4. results in substantial functional limitations in three or more of the following areas of major life activity:
    1. self-care;
    2. understanding and use of language;
    3. learning;
    4. mobility;
    5. self-direction; or
    6. capacity for independent living.

Individuals meeting the criteria above may choose to receive Rule 185 case management which assists persons to gain access to needed social, medical, educational and other supports and services. The case manager works on behalf of the person to identify their unique needs and to minimize the impact of the disability on the person’s life whilc assuring continuity of services and supports for the person.

To determine eligibility for Rule 185 case management or other funded supports, a MnChoice Assessment needs to be completed.  For more information see the MNChoice Fact Sheet.

A part of the determination for eligibility will also require review of school or other diagnostic evaluations to determine this individual meets criteria prior to age 22.  If needed, a case manager will assist in arranging a diagnostic assessment.

Is there a fee for DD social services for adults?

There may be a fee for DD services based on the adult's income and assets. If the individual is eligible or receiving Medical Assistance there is not a fee.

The application process:

To apply for DD services, call 507-359-6500. You will be asked for some basic information over the phone to determine if you meet the criteria for eligibility and a MnChoice Assessor will be in contact with you later to complete the MnChoice assessment and eligibility process.

If the adult is determined to be eligible for DD social services, the adult and/or the individual's legal representative will be notified and a social worker will be assigned to meet and develop a Community Support  and assist in obtaining services.

Contact Human Services

Located at the Community Services Building in New Ulm

1117 Center Street, PO Box 788
New Ulm, MN 56073

Telephone: (507) 354-8246 or 1 (800) 450-8246

TDD Phone Number: (507) 359-6505, for the hearing impaired

Fax: (507) 359-6542

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Office Hours: 8am to 4:30pm (most offices)

Main Office Phone: 507-233-6600

Courthouse Address:
14 S State St
New Ulm, MN 56073

Individual Office Hours may vary.


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