Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities is a term used to describe lifelong conditions attributable to mental and/or physical impairments that manifest prior to age twenty-two.
People with intellectual/developmental disabilities include those diagnosed with conditions such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism or Down syndrome as well as those who have incurred a traumatic brain injury. intellectual/developmental disabilities can result from a variety of physical, environmental and even social causes: brain injury, genetic disorders, lack of nutrition and child abuse to name a few.
People with intellectual/developmental disabilities exhibit a range of behaviors varying from mild to moderate to severe. Children, adults and families dealing with intellectual/developmental disabilities benefit from access to individual and group services, including support with housing, employment, education and health care as well as advocacy. Those who enjoy the love and support of family and community can find great fulfillment in life and enrich the lives of those around them immensely.
Effective April 14, 2003, the federal government has adopted the Privacy Act which is intended to comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). The Privacy Act was enacted for the protection of the privacy of protected health information. The Privacy Act is designed to comply with the standards, implementation specifications, and other requirements of the HIPAA security and privacy regulations at 45 CFR Part 160 and Part 164. The Board of Directors has determined that CSS is a health care provider under the provisions of HIPPA. As such, it is the agency’s policy to be in compliance with this federal law that protects the privacy of health information.