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Can my child get services?

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If you live in western Montana and have a baby, child or teenager with a developmental delay or disability, the Child Development Center is here for you! We partner with Montana’s Developmental Disabilities Program to provide most of our services. Their Guide to Success can help you understand the disability system in our state.

What programs do you offer?

Each of our programs is designed to help youth of different ages and different needs. The outline below will help you understand the basics. The only way to know for sure if your child can get services from one of our programs is to make a referral.


Montana Milestones Early Intervention: Birth – Age 3

Cost: Free of charge


Autism & Behavioral Services: *diagnosis – Age 19

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis

*We provide FREE autism evaluations for children from 18 months – age five, but also accept diagnoses from outside clinicians for children of any age.

Cost: Varies depending on insurance plans and Medicaid waivers


Family Education & Support: *Age 3 – high school graduation

  • Delays in one or more areas of development, identified by a developmental evaluation
  • Established condition with a high probability for developmental delay (e.g., genetic disorder)
  • Developmental Disability (DD)

*DD eligibility determination is required by age eight.

Cost: Free of charge (We have a moderate waitlist for this service.)


0208 Waiver/Children’s Waiver Services: *birth – high school graduation

  • Established condition and/or developmental delays needing significant, life-long supports
  • Developmental Disability (DD)

*DD eligibility determination is required before age eight.

Cost: Free of charge Medicaid Waiver Service (This is a life-long waiver with an extensive, state-wide waitlist; all eligible children are encouraged to be added to the list as early as possible. We provide services until high school graduation, then assist with the transition to adult services.)

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