DDS Eligibility Decision by H.O. Mackiernan, 2010-19
Keyword: consistent IQ scores above 70
Hearing Officer: Mackiernan
Counsel present for Appellant:
Counsel present for DDS: James Bergeron
Appellant present: no
Hearing Officer decision: 2010
Commissioner letter: 2010
Diagnosis regarding MR in report (or info on disability affecting result of testing)
PDD, OCD, ADHD interfere with test results
Perceptual reasoning = 82; working memory = 86; processing speed = 62.
Perceptual reasoning = 82; working memory = 80; processing speed = 81
Issue is whether Appellant is mentally retarded as defined in 115 CMR 2.01 (a person with significantly sub-average intellectual functioning existing concurrently and related to significant limitations in adaptive functioning).
Every professional who has evaluated Appellant has stated that her scores should be viewed with caution given the statistically significant difference between her performance and verbal scores. In 1994 when Appellant was five years old she was diagnosed with PDD, OCD and ADHD. Appellant at this time was distractible, impulsive and resistant to testing tasks; the evaluator felt Appellant would have done better had she been able to more fully participate in the testing. During Occupational Therapy Evaluations in 1998 and 2000 Appellant demonstrated extreme distractibility and sensory defensiveness. Appellant had difficulty completing her Speech and Language Evaluation in 2000. The tester concluded that her deficits in pragmatic language affects her comprehension of language as well as verbal expression.
The Hearing Officer noted that Appellant tested above 70 in each of her four IQ tests, and that evaluators had cautioned that the scores should be considered low estimates of her abilities. Because Appellant does not have an IQ score at or below 70, she does not meet the first prong of the DDS definition of mentally retarded and is therefore ineligible for DDS Adult Supports.