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NC Department of Health and Human Services Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services

Intellectual/Developmental Disability Services

  • Is chronic
  • Begins at birth or during childhood
  • Adversely affects an individual's daily living and functioning

Developmental disabilities can be caused by a mental impairment, a physical impairment or combination of both mental and physical. This can result in limited functions, including:

  • Caring for oneself
  • Difficulties with communication
  • Difficulties with learning
  • Difficulties with mobility or moving around
  • Difficulties making decisions for oneself
  • Difficulties living independently
  • Being financially self-sufficient

If you have been diagnosed with a developmental disability, you can benefit from comprehensive, long-term services and live a more independent life.

Crisis Services

NC START (Systematic, Therapeutic, Assessment, Resources and Treatment) provides prevention and intervention services to adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities (IDD) and complex behavioral health needs. Our priority is to enable you to remain in your home or community during and after a crisis. We provide crisis response and respite services, ongoing training, consultation and support to family members and providers. Short term emergency respite may also be available in crisis situations that cannot be addressed in your home or current placement.

Developmental Therapy Services
Developmental Therapy Services include individually designed instruction, training or functional developmental intervention activities based on your needs.

  • For children we focus on strengthening skills in the major developmental domains. This may include training and activities in areas such as self-help, language and cognitive development, and psychosocial skills.
  • For adults our services may include training in activities to strengthen appropriate developmental functioning in areas of self-care, mobility, socialization, independent living, and self-advocacy and rights.

State Developmental Centers
Caswell Developmental Center
Murdoch Developmental Center
J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center




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