Developmental Disabilities (DD)

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.

If you are a member and are experiencing any issues with access to care, please call Member Services at 602-263-3000 or 1-800-624-3879 (TTY/TDD 711), Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Learn more about coverage for members enrolled in Mercy Care's DDD program:

If you or a member is enrolled in Mercy Care’s DDD Program, be sure to understand your benefits. In addition to all of Mercy Care’s regular benefits, members enrolled with DDD have the following additional benefits:

  • Adaptive aids, which may include traction equipment, feeding aids (such as trays for wheelchairs), helmets, toileting aids, transfer aids and more. Once the primary care physician has determined that an adaptive aid is needed, the aids may be provided by Mercy Care or the state’s Division for Developmental Disabilities, or you may purchase them.

  • Incontinence briefs, including pull-ups, are covered for members who are over 3 years of age to prevent skin breakdown and to enable participation in social, community, therapeutic and educational activities.
  • Dental services for DD members 21 years of age or older: DD members 21 years of age or older may receive medically necessary dental benefits up to $1,000 per contract year (October 1‑ September 30). This coverage includes dentures. Emergency dental services for members 21 years of age and older are limited to $1,000 per adult member per contract year.

  • Dental services for DD members under the age of 21: Mercy Care covers all medically necessary dental services including emergency dental services, dental screening, preventive services, and therapeutic dental services.

    If you have any questions, please call Mercy Care Member Services at 602-263-3000 or 1-800-624-3879 (TTY/TDD 711), Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Find a dentist online.

Once a member has been accepted into the DDD Program, you can learn more about these services, how to find a doctor and more by contacting the DDD Liaison. You can reach the liaison by calling Member Services at 602-262-3000 or toll-free 1-800-624-3879. Hearing impaired (TTY/TDD 711).

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
  • Epilepsy
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Autism
  • 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.

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:
    • Epilepsy
    • Cerebral palsy
    • Cognitive/intellectual
    • Autism
  • 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
    • Learning
    • Mobility
    • Self-direction
    • Capacity for independent living
    • Economy self-sufficiency

You can learn more at the state’s DDD 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).

As a part of our Mercy 360 community reinvestment efforts, we have partnered with Touchstone Health Services, Southwest Behavioral & Health Services, and Southwest Human Development, to open four Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) treatment centers providing better access to care for our members and communities.

A Center of Excellence is a facility and/or program that is recognized as providing the highest level of leadership, quality and service. Through these partnerships, we are providing our members and their families with access to providers who are leaders in supporting individuals with ASD. These Centers of Excellence will help to provide:

  • An earlier diagnosis
  • Advanced coordination of care
  • Specialized services that drive holistic outcomes
  • Family and member advocacy and support
  • And, community education

Mercy Care RBHA (Maricopa County) 1-800-564-5465; Crisis Line 1-800-631-1314

Cenpatico (Cochise, Gila, Graham, Greenlee, La Paz, Pinal, Yuma, and Pima) 1-800-495-6738; Crisis Line 1-866-495-6735

Health Choice Integrated Care (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


Additional resources:

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, Suite 108
Phoenix, AZ 85014-5739
Phone: 602-264-2255
Fax: 602-230-9132

Area Agency on Aging, Region II (Pima County) http://www.pcoa.org
Pima Council on Aging
8467 East Broadway Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85710-4009
Phone: 520-790-7262
Fax: 520-790-7577

Area Agency on Aging, Region IV (La Paz, Mohave, & Yuma Counties) – http://www.wacog.com/senior_services.html
Western AZ Council of Governments
224 South 3rd Avenue
Yuma, AZ 85364-2224
Phone: 928-782-1886
Fax: 928-329-4248

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
Fax: 520-421-2033