is DDS Children’s Services?
DDS Children’s Services is a program
which provides care coordination and/or specialized
medical care and rehabilitation for children with
special health care needs whose families are partially
or wholly unable to provide for such services
and who meet the agency's criteria. DDS Children’s Services is located
within the Division of Developmental Disabilities
Services in the Arkansas Department of Human Services.
DDS Children’s Services is financed by federal and state funds.
Definition of Children with Special Health
with special health care needs are defined by
the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau as
those children who have or are at risk for chronic
physical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional
conditions that require health and related services
of a type or amount beyond that required for children
generally. DDS Children’s Services uses a less broad definition of
children with chronic physical illnesses or disabling
What is the Purpose of DDS Children’s Services?
locate children with special health care needs
who may be in need of assistance in obtaining
encourage and assist all families of children
with special health needs to obtain the health
services necessary to bring about the maximum
physical, mental, social and educational development
of their children.
provide financial assistance and coordination
of services to families needing comprehensive
health care when other financial assistance is
Complementing the above goals, there are six goals
for DDS Children’s Services called "Healthy People 2010 Express
Goals" - they are:
of children with special health care needs will
partner in decision making at all levels and
will be satisfied with the services they receive.
children with special health care needs will
receive coordinated, ongoing, comprehensive
care within a medical home.
families of children with special health care
needs will have adequate private and/or public
insurance to pay for the services they need.
children will be screened early and continuously
for special health care needs.
service systems will be organized so families
can use them easily.
youth with special health care needs will receive
the services necessary to make transitions to
all aspects of adult life, including adult health
care, work and independence.
DDS Children’s Services Mission Statement
is the mission of Arkansas DDS Children’s Services staff and Parent Advisory Council
to see that every child with a special health
care need (CSHCN) in Arkansas receives the services
necessary to reach their greatest potential. In
addition, it is our responsibility to see that
families receive the support they need. This may
be in the form of additional services required
to adequately care for the special needs child
or assist them in arranging appropriate alternate
DDS Children’s Services
or legal guardians of any child under age 18 may
apply for on-going services or a diagnostic evaluation
for a potentially eligible condition. As funds
allow, DDS Children’s Services may serve children 18 to 21 years of
age. Due to financial limitations, DDS Children’s Services can only
pay for medical services for children who are
financially and medically eligible. Any child
eligible for Medicaid must also apply for Medicaid
under the appropriate category: SSI, TEFRA, ARKids
A & B, etc. For more information about Medicaid,
contact your county Department of Human Services
Office or the Financial Counselors at Arkansas
Children's Hospital. Click
here for Medicaid website.
Available through DDS Children’s Services
Coordination (also called Case Management)
& Surgical Treatment
Library (501) 682-8220
DDS Children’s Services
(only for children on SSI or TEFRA) Click here
for more information
to other families who have children with the same
diagnosis as your child
(Call one of the DDS Children’s Services toll-free phone numbers below)
DDS Children’s Services Toll-Free Phone Numbers
through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 1-800-482-5850,
to Apply for DDS Children’s Services
for DDS Children’s Services may be taken in your county Department
of Human Services office, in DDS Children’s Services community-based
offices, in the DDS Children’s Services Central Office in Little Rock,
or by other trained personnel such as Financial
Counselors at Arkansas Children's Hospital. When
applying, please bring verification of income,
such as current pay stubs. If you are self-employed,
bring the most current year's income tax forms.
All DDS Children’s Services community-based offices can be reached
toll-free. Call the toll-free numbers above Monday
through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to get
the toll-free number for any community-based office.
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of DDS Children’s Services Community-Based Offices and Staff (pdf)
DDS Children’s Services Regulations
new application is required each year.
decisions regarding eligibility are determined
by DDS Children’s Services administration.
services paid for by DDS Children’s Services must be pre-authorized
by DDS Children’s Services registered nurse service coordinators.
insurance (if any) must be used to help defray
cost of treatment and equipment.
- DDS Children’s Services
cannot cover ARKids B co-pays.
applicant family must be evaluated for possible
Medicaid coverage by county Human Services offices,
or by hospitals taking DDS Children’s Services applications.
child may be eligible for both Medicaid and
DDS Children’s Services. Each program has certain exclusions that
the other program may provide.