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Individuals admitted into HopeTree DDM programs shall meet certain admission criteria.  An application and supporting documentation must be completed and submitted for consideration prior to admission.

According to our operating license, the applicant must have a primary diagnosis of Mental Retardation (Intellectual Disability).  This diagnosis must be documented as originating prior to the age of 18.  It is generally thought to be present if an individual has an IQ test score of approximately 70 or below.

“Mental Retardation is a disability characterized by significant limitations both in intellectual functioning and in adaptive behavior as expressed in conceptual, social and practical adaptive skills.”

(American Association of Intellectual and Development Disabilities)

The applicant must also be:

  • Eighteen (18) years of age or older
  • Able to have their medical/health needs managed on an outpatient basis
  • Agreeable to staying at the group home
  • Compatible with other residents
  • Able to benefit from group interaction and participation
  • Involved in appropriate daily activity, such as a job, supportive or sheltered employment, day support or other productive involvement
  • Free from alcohol and/or drug addiction and willing to live in a tobacco free home.
  • Not harmful or dangerous to self, others, or property, nor have a pattern of criminal behavior
  • Able to ambulate with assistive devices and transfer self without assistance
  • Capable of exiting from the home with minimal assistance in the event of an emergency
  • Able to conform to appropriate sexual behaviors
  • Supportive of religious and church activities

 An applicant for services must have a source of funding for DDM Residential, In-Home, or Respite services.

Presently, funding sources for DDM services include the MR Medicaid Waiver and private pay funds.  Information concerning the MR Waiver eligibility should be discussed with the local community services board.

Family support and involvement in the overall program are considered desirable and necessary.  Family visits and communications are encouraged.  DDM strives to enable residents to develop and maintain positive adult relationships with family and friends.  DDM staff consistently model and teach social skills, problem solving skills, as well as consequences and expectations for behavior.  When appropriate, outside professional resources are contacted.