DDD for Members
Developmental Disabilities Forum for Members, Families and Community Stakeholders
Join us and connect with our team of developmental disabilities experts. You are invited to meet our team and learn about DD services offered by Mercy Care. Our DD liasons and Office of Individual and Family Affairs (OIFA) will talk about finding the right care. You can learn about getting support for you and your family. We'd also like to hear your ideas about how to improve the system of care.
Any language assistance is available as needed. There's no cost to attend.
If you have questions or want to register, call Erneshia Pinder. You can reach her at 602-453-8409 or erneshia.pinder@MercyCareAZ.org.
Thank you for choosing Mercy Care. We look forward to helping you meet your health care needs.
DDD is a part of the Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES). It helps people with developmental disabilities achieve independence. It also provides support to family members and other caregivers.
Mercy Care provides services to DDD members in the counties of Maricopa, Gila, Pinal, Pima, Cochise, Graham, Greenlee, Santa Cruz, Yuma, and La Paz. You have your own health needs. And our health plan is designed to help meet those needs. We are here to help you get healthy and stay healthy.
We can answer your questions about benefits, help with finding or choosing a doctor, and solve problems in getting health care services.
Mercy Care Member Services representatives are available to help you Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Please call 602-263-3000 or toll-free 1-800-624-3879 (TTY/TDD 711).
What is DDD?
What is DDD? DDD supports people who develop severe and/or chronic disabilities before their 18th birthday. These disabilities limit a person’s ability to do the tasks related to daily living. A person may be eligible to receive developmental disability services if they have a diagnosis of:
- Cognitive/Intellectual disability
- Cerebral palsy
- Developmental delays
Mercy Care provides medical services to more than 13,000 members in the DDD program. In addition, children under age 3, who have developmental delays, are also eligible for the Arizona Early Intervention Program. Early intervention is a process in which a group of therapists and educators works with parents and families of children with special needs to support a child’s growth, development and learning.
If an individual is older than 3 years and you and the primary care physician suspect developmental delays, call Member Services at 602-263-3000 or 1-800-624-3879 (TTY/TDD 711) and ask for the DDD representative to talk about services that may be available.
For more information about the Division of Developmental Disabilities.
How to Qualify
The state’s Division of Developmental Disabilities offers services to people who meet certain requirements.
To qualify for DDD, you must:
- Be a resident of the state of Arizona
- Voluntarily apply
- Be at risk of having a developmental disability (up to age 6) OR for people over age 6, have one of the following diagnoses:
- Cerebral palsy
- Have a disability that occurred prior to age 18
- Have substantial functional limitations in three of the seven major life areas, which include:
- Self-care (eating, hygiene, etc.)
- Receptive and expressive language
- Capacity for independent living
- Economy self-sufficiency
You can learn more at the state’s Division of Developmental Disabilities page.
How the DDD liaison can help you If you need extra support understanding the DDD program, we are here to help. As a member or the guardian of a member enrolled in the DDD program, you have access to Mercy Care’s DDD member representative – also known as the DDD Liaison.
The DDD Liaison is your primary contact at Mercy Care. The DDD Liaison can help you with things like:
- Finding a provider
- Communicating with the state’s DDD office
- Coordinating care
- Getting behavioral health services
You can reach the DDD Liaison by calling Member Services at 602-263-3000 or 1-800-624-3879 (TTY/TDD 1-866-602-1982).
Behavioral Health Services
Mercy Care RBHA (Maricopa County) 1-800-564-5465; Crisis Line 1-800-631-1314
Arizona Complete Health (Cochise, Gila, Graham, Greenlee, La Paz, Pinal, Yuma, and Pima) 1-800-495-6738; Crisis Line 1-866-495-6735
Health Choice Arizona (Coconino, Navajo, Yavapai, Mohave, and Apache) 928-774-7128; Crisis Line 1-877-756-4090
Children’s Rehabilitative Services (All Counties) 1-800-348-4058
“Navigating the System: A Guide for Individuals and Families” – Learn more about Developmental Disability benefits and services with this Division of Developmental Disabilities tool.
Common developmental disability terms: https://des.az.gov/content/acronyms-developmental-disabilities
Transition from adolescence to adulthood
Autism Speaks has developed a toolkit to assist families on the journey from adolescence into adulthood. Visit the following Autism Speaks Transition Toolkit website to learn more.
Informative documents and bulletins: https://des.az.gov/services/disabilities/developmental-child-and-adult/bulletins-developmental-disabilities
You can learn more about the American Indian Health Program (AIHP) by visiting https://www.azahcccs.gov/AmericanIndians/AIHP
SARRC – https://www.autismcenter.org
Raising Special Kids – http://www.raisingspecialkids.org
Feeding Matters – https://www.feedingmatters.org
Arizona Autism Coalition – https://www.azautism.org
Ability 360 – http://ability360.org
Autism Society of America (Arizona Chapters) – http://www.autism-society.org/
Epilepsy Foundation of Arizona – https://www.epilepsy.com/
National Center on Caregiving at Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA) – https://www.caregiver.org/pilotIntegration/indexPersistent.html?uri=%2F
Pilot Parents of Southern Arizona – http://pilotparents.org/
The ARC of Arizona – http://arcarizona.org/
Area Agency on Aging, Region I (Maricopa County) – http://aaaphx.org
1366 East Thomas Road,
Phoenix, AZ 85014-5739
Area Agency on Aging, Region II (Pima County) – http://www.pcoa.org
Pima Council on Aging 8467 East Broadway Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85710-4009
Area Agency on Aging, Region IV (La Paz, Mohave, & Yuma Counties) – https://www.wacog.com/
Western AZ Council of Governments
224 South 3rd Avenue
Yuma, AZ 85364-2224
Area Agency on Aging, Region V (Pinal and Gila Counties)
Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens
8969 W. McCartney Road
Casa Grande, AZ 85294-7432
Phone: 520-836-2758 or 1-800-293-9393