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Intellectual Disabilities

IntellectualDisability (2).JPGIntellectual Disability (ID) Support Coordination assists people with intellectual disabilities.  Group coordinators assess and link individuals and families to needed vocational, recreational and residential programs. Services may include:

  • Information and referral to appropriate services
  • Help in accessing vocational, recreational, residential or other services
  • Support and guidance to the consumer and their family
  • Facilitating the delivery of service through an interdisciplinary approach
  • Assisting clients in the receipt of Waiver or SPO Medicaid
  • Coordination of services on behalf of individuals
  • Monitoring the ongoing provision of services and satisfaction of the individuals for the services provided

Special Notice:

Notice of Public Comment Period

The Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) and Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) will welcome public comment regarding the submission to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) amendments to the following 1915(c) Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Medicaid Waivers: Intellectual Disability (ID); Individual and Family Developmental Disability (DD) Supports; Day Support (DS).

The 1915(c) HCBS waiver amendments can be located at: OR

Virginia has partnered with stakeholders and national experts to transform the Medicaid Intellectual and Developmental Disability (I/DD) waiver system.  The intent of the amendments is to offer waiver services designed to assure that people with disabilities have the supports needed to live lives of quality and meaning integrated in the community.  The amendments:

  • Achieve consistency, equity, quality and accountability across waivers;
  • Unify eligibility implementing a single DD eligibility criterion;
  • Implement one process to qualify for and access I/DD supports;
  • Provide services and funding based on individual needs; and,
  • Include new services that create more choices and opportunity.

This notice also serves to open the 30 day public comment period, which begins on Friday, January 29 and closes on Monday, February 29 at 5:00pm Eastern Standard Time (EST). 

Instructions for Public Comment Submission:

Electronic Submission- If you are submitting comments, please ensure comments are labeled by waiver and by appendix.  Comments should be sent to; comments may be sent within the body of an email or placed within a Microsoft Word document. 
Or, submit via US postal mail to:

Deanna Parker
The Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services
PO Box 1797
Richmond, Virginia 23218-1797

Or, Fax to: Deanna Parker, (804) 692-0077

Copies may also be requested by contacting via e-mail at, or by mail to: Deanna Parker, DBHDS, PO Box 1797, Richmond, Virginia 23218-1797

Special Needs Trust
A Special Needs Trust provides people with disabilities the opportunity to have a trust fund that will not jeopardize public entitlement benefits, such as Medicaid and SSI. A Special Needs Trust is established by the family for the benefit of their loved one with a disability. A Pooled Disability Trust is established by the person with a disability who has received a sum of money.
The Arc of Northern Virginia: The Arc of Northern Virginia is a local affiliate of the largest non-profit organization supporting thousands of people and families living with cognitive, intellectual, and developmental disabilities. Learn more about The Arc of Northern Virginia Special Needs Trust at You may also contact the Director of Trusts with any questions: Tia Marsili, The Arc of Northern Virginia, (703) 532-3214 Ext 115,  e-mail:
The Commonwealth Community Trust (CCT): CCT is a statewide, nonprofit organization that is governed by a board of advisors. Learn more about CCT at Helpful information can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions section. You may also contact the MSW Executive Director of the CCT with any questions: Joanne Marcus, Commonwealth Community Trust (CCT), P.O. Box 29408, Richmond, VA 23242-0408, 888-241-6039 (outside Richmond), 804-740-6930, e-mail:


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