Deaf Blind with Multiple Disabilities

Note: This service may not be available right away. Your name may be placed on an interest list. You will be contacted when services are available.

The Deaf Blind with Multiple Disabilities (DBMD) program provides home and community-based services to people who are deaf blind and have another disability. This is a cost-effective alternative to an intermediate care facility for individuals with an intellectual disability or related conditions (ICF/IID). The DBMD program focuses on increasing opportunities for consumers to communicate and interact with their environment.

The Consumer Directed Services (CDS) option is available for this program.

What services are provided?

  • Adaptive aids and medical supplies
  • Assisted living (licensed up to six beds)
  • Audiology
  • Behavior support services
  • Case management
  • Chore provider
  • Dental treatment
  • Dietary services
  • Employment assistance
  • Environmental accessibility
  • Intervener
  • Minor home modification
  • Nursing services
  • Occupational therapy
  • Orientation and mobility
  • Physical therapy
  • Prescription drugs, if not covered through Medicare
  • Residential habilitation
  • Respite care
  • Speech, hearing and language therapy
  • Supported employment
  • Transition assistance services

You can access the following services through the CDS option:

  • Residential habilitation
  • Employment assistance
  • Intervener
  • Respite care
  • Support consultation
  • Supported employment

Who can get services?

  • You must have a diagnosis of deafblindness (or a related condition that will result in deafblindness) as well as another disability resulting in a demonstrated need for one or more service on a monthly basis.
  • Your related condition must have manifested before age 22.
  • You must meet level of care criteria for placement in an ICF/IID.
  • Your income and resources may not exceed specified limits.
  • You cannot be enrolled in another waiver program.

Where can I get services?

The program is available statewide.

How do I apply for services?

Call 1-877-438-5658 and ask for the DBMD program. Please be prepared to provide the Social Security and Medicaid numbers, type of disability, age of the onset of the disability, date of birth, and address and telephone number of the person who needs services.

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Updated: August 19, 2016