Developmental Disability Services

1103 NE Elm St. • Prineville, OR 97754 • (541) 323-5330E-Mail


Services for individuals with developmental disabilities include support for families caring for their children with developmental disabilities at home as well as adults needing support.  The first step is a face-to-face meeting with the client and family members to determine eligibility.  Eligibility is determined based on the state definition of a developmental disability.

A developmental disability is a disability diagnosed as a mental or physical condition or a combination of mental and physical conditions resulting in significant impairments to daily functioning.  The most common developmental disabilities include: mental retardation, Down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and fetal alcohol effect or fetal alcohol syndrome.  The disability:

  • Must have its origin in the brain
  • Must be established prior to the age of 22, or in the case of mental retardation the condition must be determined before 18 years of age
  • Must be expected to last indefinitely
  • Must result in significant impairments in at least two areas of daily functioning: self care, communication, cognitive, mobility, self direction, capacity for independent living and economic self sufficiency

The impairments must not be primarily related to: mental illness, substance abuse, an emotional disorder, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), a learning disability or sensory impairment

Family Services

Family support provides assistance to families caring for their children with developmental disabilities at home, addressing the unique needs that arise when a child has a developmental disability.  Because the program is based on disability rather than economic need, there are no income criteria for eligibility.  Family support services supplement family and community resources to help children with disabilities and their families thrive at home and in the community.  The program strives to help children and families remain independent, healthy and safe.

Families and children’s service coordinators work together to develop a plan that revolves around the needs of the child and family.  In some cases, a family may access family support for a brief time while other families may need an on-going family support plan.

Protective Services

Adults in the Development Disabilities Program are eligible for protective services which are provided and conducted according to State Statute and Oregon administrative rules.  Protective Service includes actions taken to ensure the adult is safe, and may also include crisis services or other actions that help ensure the adult will continue to be as safe as possible.

Adult abuse investigations are conducted when allegations meet the administrative rule for abuse and neglect.  Lutheran Community Services NW Developmental Disabilities Program also conducts investigations for adult individuals with developmental disabilities in Deschutes County, Jefferson County, and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs.  The State Office of Investigations and Training oversees all community investigations and has final authority over reports and outcomes.  The abuse reporting phone number for adults with developmental disabilities is 541-280-9980.