DIVISION OF DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES DELAYS IMPLEMENTATION OF FAMILY COST PARTICIPATION
The Department of Economic Security (DES), Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) is delaying the implementation of its new Family Cost Participation program for recipients of early intervention services. Families were to begin sharing in the cost of their early intervention services effective March 1, 2010. The program is being delayed a minimum of 60 days. As a result, families who have been determined responsible to share in the cost of their services will not be charged for their current array of services until May 1, 2010 at the earliest. To clarify, that means they will not participate in the cost of their family's services for the months of March and April but may be expected to share in the cost of services that are provided beginning May 1st. Families will be notified of the new program standards prior to implementation. Families whose children are System (ALTCS) eligible will continue to be excluded from the Division's Family Cost Participation program. The Department is using this time period to further evaluate program parameters, including income standards, and operating procedures. Thank you for your patience and understanding. If you have questions, please contact or e-mail your question and phone number to DDDHotline@azdes. gov.