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NC-SNAP (NC Support Needs Assessment Profile)

The NC-SNAP is a needs assessment tool that, when administered properly, measures an individual's level of intensity of need for developmental disabilities (DD) supports and services. Development of the NC-SNAP began in 1997 in response to a systematic need for a reliable needs assessment instrument to facilitate system-wide planning identified by the North Carolina Developmental Disabilities Policy Workgroup. After extensive field-testing and revision, the NC-SNAP was officially adopted by the state of North Carolina in 1999 as the requisite tool for determining an individual's intensity of need for DD services. Currently, all persons in North Carolina who have a DD diagnosis and receive, or are waiting to receive, DD supports must have an NC-SNAP administered annually.

Note: The NC-SNAP is for use in North Carolina only. Agencies outside of North Carolina should refer to the Murdoch Center Foundation website ( for information on the Developmental Disabilities Support Needs Assessment Profile (DD-SNAP).

NC-SNAP Examiner Certification Training Schedule (2014)

NC-SNAP Resources

NC-SNAP Publications


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