Qualified Intellectual Disability Professional

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A Qualified Intellectual Disability Professional, often referred to as a QIDP for short is a professional staff working with people in community homes who have intellectual and developmental disabilities and was previously known as a Qualified Mental Retardation Professional or QMRP.[1] The change in terminology was implemented after the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS)[2] modified the State Operations Manual Appendix J - Guidance to Surveyors: Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities[3] The changes were implemented after President Obama signed Rosa's Law.[4][5]

The National Association of QIDPs updated its name to meet the new change in terminology[6] The organization provides training and meeting opportunities for those working in the QIDP capacity. Some U.S. states such as Illinois have specific and required training for QIDPs to remain certified.[7] Other states have licensure and outline specific requirements for the QIDP such as California.[8]

Most QIDPs work for specific organizations providing care and oversight in Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities.[9] QIDP salary ranges can vary when working for agencies, with $72,000 being the high range and $38,000 being the average salary range.[10][11]


Under federal law, any person working as a QIDP is required to meet the minimum requirements outlined in "Appendix J, Survey Procedures And Interpretive Guidelines For Intermediate Care Facilities For Persons With Mental Retardation."[12]

Appendix J (W160 through W163) requires a QIDP to have a bachelor's degree in human services or a related field of study, plus at least one year of experience working with people diagnosed as developmentally disabled. Registered nurses and physicians also qualify to serve as a QIDP.

Some states, including California, require a QIDP to be licensed to work in the state. Other states, including Texas (which has over 900 Intermediate Care Facility/DD homes) and Alabama, do not require licensing.

Shifts in terminology[edit]

Qualified Mental Retardation Professional (QMRP)[13][14] was the term first used in federal standards developed in the late 1970s and early 1980s for intermediate care facilities for developmentally disabled people.

In 2010, Rosa's Law[15] changed the terminology from "Mental Retardation" to "Intellectual Disability."

This change prompted several states and organizations to change the designation of a QMRP to either "QDDP," meaning "Qualified Developmental Disability Professional," or "QIDP," meaning "Qualified Intellectual Disability Professional".

In December 2013, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) formally updated Appendix J to change the language used to describe developmental disabilities.[16]

It is possible that, as facilities start to phase out or convert to other programs (such as waiver-type settings) for people with disabilities, the terms QMRP, QDDP, and QIDP may be removed completely.

Professional organizations[edit]

There are several professional organizations for QIDPs.

The most notable organization, the National Association of QDDPs, holds annual meetings around the United States and offers a network for QIDPs to stay in contact with other QMRP groups. There are also state-level organizations that provide training and resources to QIDPs.

Some organizations have started providing consulting services including training, standards, and reports such as the Private Provider's Association of Texas,[17] and My QIDP.[18]


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  2. ^ "Home - Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services | CMS". Cms.gov. Retrieved 2020-10-04.
  3. ^ "State Operations Manual : Appendix J - Guidance to Surveyors: Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities" (PDF). Cms.gov. Retrieved November 15, 2021.
  4. ^ "Federal Register :: Rosa's Law". Federalregister.gov. 2017-07-03. Retrieved 2020-10-04.
  5. ^ "A Short Look at Rosa's Law and What it Changes" (PDF). Myqidp.com. Retrieved November 15, 2021.
  6. ^ "Home". Qddp.org. Retrieved 15 November 2021.
  7. ^ "IDHS: Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professional Course Coordinator (QIDP)". Dhs.state.il.us. Retrieved 2020-10-04.
  8. ^ "The Role of the QIDP". Cahf.org. Retrieved 2020-10-04.
  9. ^ "Intermediate Care Facilities".
  10. ^ Account SettingsAccount Settings (2020-09-24). "Salary: QIDP". Glassdoor. Retrieved 2020-10-04.
  11. ^ "Qualified Intellectual Disability Professional (QIDP) Salary | PayScale".
  13. ^ "Definition of Qualified mental retardation professional". Law Insider. Law Insider. Retrieved 2020-07-27.
  14. ^ "qualified mental retardation professional". The Free Dictionary. Farlex. Retrieved 2020-07-27.
  15. ^ Clinton, Thomas. "A Short Look at Rosa's Law and What it Changes" (PDF). myqidp.com. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-10-06. Retrieved 2019-07-09.
  16. ^ "State Operations Manual" (PDF). www.cms.gov. Retrieved 2019-07-09.
  17. ^ "Private Providers Association of Texas". PPAT. Retrieved 27 July 2021.
  18. ^ "My QIDP | My QIDP". Myqidp.com. Retrieved 2019-07-10.