sponsored by the National Council on Disability (NCD) 

Dear Oral Healthcare Provider,

You are invited to participate in a national study sponsored by the National Council on Disability (NCD) aimed at improving access to dental care for adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD).  This is not just another survey that will sit on a shelf. Your responses to this questionnaire have the potential to drive real change. 

All oral healthcare providers are invited to participate and will remain anonymous. Respondents who complete the questionnaire are eligible for entry into the $500 Lottery. 

Please join us by clicking on the link below to begin the questionnaire and be a part of a solution that can really make a difference. 

To learn more about this effort, please see description below.



Project Description: 

Purpose:  Access to quality, appropriate and timely oral healthcare services is a significant issue faced by individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). Despite efforts by federal, state and local agencies, legislatures and key advocates, adults with I/DD remain the largest minority population with unmet oral healthcare needs. There are several systemic and environmental reasons for this; however, recognizing that the dental profession plays a critical role, dental professionals will be the focus of this project. The National Council on Disability is the independent federal agency charged with advising the President, Congress, and other federal agencies regarding policies, programs, practices, and procedures that affect people with disabilities.  The NCD has charged the Medicaid|Medicare|CHIP Services Dental Association (MSDA) with determining what policies and programs might incentivize dental providers to treat patients with I/DD through Medicaid. 

Questionnaire: The OHC Provider Questionnaire was developed with input from I/DD parents and self-advocates, industry leaders, Medicaid administrators, dental providers, and I/DD expert organizational leaders. The Goal is to establish a consensus among OHC providers regarding approaches programs may take toward policy changes that incentivize OHC providers to treat patients with I/DD. MSDA will implement a modified Delphi questionnaire. The three Rounds will be disseminated to OHC providers to determine why more providers do not participate in Medicaid programs and waivers that allow for the treatment of patients with I/DD. The questionnaire will further query OHC providers about potential incentives that could rectify that problem. The questionnaire has four (4) sections: General Information; Medicaid Participation; Treatment of Persons with I/DD; and Race and Ethnicity. There are 21 questions which MSDA anticipates will take approximately 12 minutes to complete. 

Project Partners:  MSDA is working closely with the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry (AADMD), Special Care Dentistry (SCD) and numerous other State Medicaid and Dental Plan partners to disseminate this Oral Healthcare Provider (OHC) Questionnaire across the 50 States.

All oral healthcare providers are invited to participate. Each provider should submit only one response. If the person opening this questionnaire is an office administrator, we ask that you forward the link to all dental and hygiene providers in your practice. All respondents who complete the questionnaire are eligible for entry into our $500 lottery. All respondents will remain anonymous. Please join us by clicking on the “NEXT” link below and be a part of a solution that can really make a difference. 

MSDA is a national membership non-profit corporation, organized under the California Secretary of State in 2004 as a 501 c3. MSDA represents all State Medicaid and CHIP dental programs, directors and staff, as well as individuals and corporate vendors from across the nation that aim to improve the oral health of all Medicaid, Medicare, and CHIP beneficiaries.

For additional information regarding this project or for technical support, contact MSDA at