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Applying for Services

To apply for services from the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, which includes waiver participation or placement in an intermediate care facility for the developmentally disabled (ICF/DD), submit an application to the APD office that serves your area, either by mail or by hand delivery. Faxed submissions will be returned for an original signature.

Waiver applicants who are in a crisis situation (homeless, danger to self or others, or caregiver unable to give care) should contact the Agency for Persons with Disabilities regional office serving their county. The local regional office may be able to provide short term services and will review the situation and determine if a crisis application should be completed.   For information regarding crisis criteria, please visit the Florida Administrative Code & Florida Administrative Register website at: https://www.flrules.org/gateway/ChapterHome.asp?Chapter=65G-1.       

In order to be eligible for services, an individual must have a developmental disability which occurs prior to age 18. Disabilities served include Intellectual Disability, Autism, Spina Bifida, Cerebral Palsy, Prader-Willi syndrome, Down syndrome, Phelan-McDermid syndrome, or individuals between the ages of 3-5 at high risk for a developmental disability. As part of the application process, APD will request proof of a developmental disability diagnoses as described in the document linked below. If you have the proof of eligibility that you can provide with your application, it will streamline the eligibility review process. Otherwise, APD will assist you in obtaining the information. Documentation of a developmental disability may include, but is not limited to school records, testing, or medical records.

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I receive services in another state, but I would like to move to Florida. What do I need to know before I move?

To be eligible for services from the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, you must be a Florida resident and have one of the following seven developmental disabilities: autism, cerebral palsy, intellectual disabilities, Down syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome, Phelan-McDermid syndrome, spina bifida or children age 3-5 who are at a high risk of a developmental disability. Once you move to Florida, you can apply for services through one of the APD regional offices. Contact information for each office can be found by clicking on the map below.

After applying, and if you have been found eligible to receive services, you will be placed on a waiting list based on your priority category (refer to the Waitlist Priority Categories located on our website at: http://apd.myflorida.com/customers/waitlist/). You and your family may want to consider the services that are being received now, and determine if you would be able to go without those services for an extended period of time after relocating to Florida.

If you feel you are Medicaid eligible, please contact the Florida Department of Children and Families at 1-866-762-2237.

If you are under the age of 21, you may qualify for services under the Medicaid State plan. Please contact the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration at 1-888-419-3456 for more information.

Offering Waiver Enrollment to People with Phelan-McDermid syndrome

In 2016 the Florida Legislature authorized $2.5 million dollars to offer waiver enrollment to individuals with Phelan-McDermid syndrome who meet the eligibility requirements of section 393.065(1), Florida Statutes. To learn more, check out this informational flyer.

Supporting Active Duty Military Services Families

The 2014 Florida Legislature authorized individuals who meet the eligibility requirements of 393.065(1), F.S., to receive home and community-based services in this state if the individual’s parent or legal guardian is an active duty military service member and, at the time of the service member’s transfer to Florida, the individual was receiving home and community-based services in another state. This law became effective on July 1, 2014.

To learn more, check out this informational flyer.

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  1. The Bill of Rights of All Persons with Developmental Disabilities
  2. Resident Rights for Individuals Living in APD Licensed Facilities
  3. Family Care Council Brochure
  4. Guide to Services Brochure - Serving Floridians with Developmental Disabilities
  5. Agency for Persons with Disabilities - Guide to Administrative Hearings Brochure
  6. HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practice
  7. Consent to Obtain/Release Information

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