Eligibility Information

How do you know if you're eligible for services?


Eligibility FAQ

1. Can an individual be determined eligible after the age of 22?

Yes. However, it must be established that the person's disability existed before the age of 22.

2. How do I start the eligibility determination process?

The eligibility determination process can be started by contacting Beth Starkey, the Introduction and Eligibility Service & Support Administrator, by phone at (330) 308-7172 or email at bstarkey@tuscbdd.org and expressing a desire to have a determination completed.

3. What documentation needs to be provided in order to support an eligibility determination?

Must provide documentation from a licensed clinician to confirm a qualifying diagnosis. Other documentation may be requested such as an IEP and ETR from the local school district, psychological evaluation, medical evaluation, or other relevant information. 

4. Does the County Board of DD pay for psychological evaluations to be completed as part of the determination process?

No. It is the responsibility of the individual and their support's to provide the needed documentation of a qualifying diagnosis.

5. The Social Security Administration had a psychological evaluation completed to establish benefits. Can that psychological report be used?

If the psychological report in question has been completed in the past two years it may be used. However, most psychological reports completed by the Social Security Administration are their property as they have paid for the evaluation to be completed. It is the individual or their support's responsibility to contact Social Security and request a copy.

6. Is a person ever automatically eligible for services due to having a specific qualifying diagnosis?

No. Regardless of any qualifying diagnosis, the eligibility process must still completed. If an individual does not have the three substantial functional limitations required they will not be eligible regardless of a given diagnosis.