Who’s Eligible?

How is eligibility for Full Life’s services determined?

The Hawai‘i Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Department of Health (DOH) each play a role in determining eligibility.

The application and eligibility process begins by:

  1. Applying for Medicaid with DHS.
  2. Applying for services with DOH Developmental Disabilities Division (DDD), Case Management and Information Services Branch (CMISB).

Clients do not need to wait for the determination from one department to begin the process with the other. We recommend starting with the DOH Developmental Disabilities Division (DDD) and Case Management and Information Services Branch (CMISB).

Contact one of the Case Management offices on the Big Island for more information about eligibility for Full Life services.

HILO: 46 Keawe Street, Hilo, HI   96720  (808) 974-4280

KONA: Kealakekua Business Plaza, Kealakekua, HI   96750   (808) 322-4880

WAIMEA: 67-5189 Kamamalu Street, Kamuela, HI  96743  (808) 887-6069

Eligibility Criteria for “developmental disability”.

The Hawai‘i Revised Statutes (HRS) §333F-1 provides the following definitions:

“Developmental Disabilities” means a severe, chronic disability of a person, which:

  1. Is attributable to a mental or physical impairment or combination of mental and physical impairments;
  2. Is manifested before the person attains age twenty-two;
  3. Is likely to continue indefinitely;
  4. Results in substantial functional limitations in three or more of the following areas of major life activity: self-care, receptive and expressive language, learning, mobility, self-direction, capacity for independent living and economic sufficiency; and
  5. Reflects the person’s need for a combination and sequence of special, interdisciplinary, or generic care, treatment, or other services, which are of lifelong or extended duration and are individually planned and coordinated.

“Intellectual Disability” means significantly sub-average general intellectual functioning, resulting in or associated with concurrent moderate, severe or profound impairments in adaptive behavior and manifested during the developmental period.