Our Development Disabilities Division is committed to ensuring quality services, serving as the single point of entry into the developmental disabilities services system. Our staff will work with you as the Single Point of Entry for people with developmental disabilities who are seeking supports or services through Louisiana’s Department of Health and Hospitals. It is our intention to make the application process friendly, informative, and focused on meeting your needs and desires.
Process / Services Offered
HOW DO I APPLY FOR SERVICES?
To apply or to get additional information regarding developmental disabilities services, please contact our DD division staff at 337-475-8045. In order to qualify for supports and services, you must have developmental disability as defined by the Developmental Disability Law, Louisiana Revised Statutes 28:451-455. A developmental disability means either:
A developmental disability means either:
A severe, chronic disability of a person that:
- is attributable to an intellectual or physical impairment or combination of intellectual and physical impairments;
- is manifested before the person reaches age 22;
- is likely to continue indefinitely;
- results in substantial functional limitations in three or more of the following areas of major life activity: self-care, receptive and expressive language, learning, mobility, self-direction, capacity for independent living, economic self-sufficiency;
- is not attributed solely to mental illness;
- reflects the person’s need for a combination and sequence of special, interdisciplinary, or generic care, treatment, or other services of lifelong or extended duration, and are individually planned and coordinated;
A substantial developmental delay or specific congenital or acquired condition in a person from birth through age nine; who, without support and services, has a high probability of resulting in those criteria (listed above) later in life that may be considered to be a developmental disability.
The following are brief descriptions of services:
INFORMATION AND REFERRAL
Providing information and making appropriate referrals for services whether within our agency or others.
The provision of assistance to an individual with a developmental disability or their family in designing a plan of needed supports and accessing, utilizing, and maintaining these supports.
Individual and Family Support provides assistance not available from any other resource. These services include respite care; personal assistance services; specialized clothing; dental and medical services; equipment and supplies; communication services; crisis intervention; specialized utility costs; specialized nutrition; and family education. Services are provided through contractual agreements by private provider agencies or through individualized agreements with individuals and families who obtain their own service providers.
FLEXIBLE FAMILY FUND
Provides monthly stipends to families of eligible children with severe or profound developmental disabilities from birth to age 18 to help families meet extraordinary costs. Also known as the Cash Subsidy Program.
Coordinate and refer individuals to residential programs which provide active treatment services and supports in a 24-hour residential setting, including ongoing evaluation; planning; and coordination/integration of health and habilitative services and supports. Services are provided in a range of residential settings, including privately operated community homes (up to 6 people), group homes (9-15 people), small facilities (16-32) people, and private or publicly operated large (33+) institutions.
Medicaid Home and Community-based Waiver programs allow people greater flexibility to choose where they want to live and to use service and supports that best suit their needs. Services are provided in the home or in the community and must represent a least restrictive treatment alternative.
New Opportunities Waiver offers individuals age 3 and older supports that include: individual and family supports (day and night); community integration and development; environmental accessibility adaptations; assistive devices; specialized medical equipment and supplies; supported living; substitute family care; day habilitation or supported employment with transportation; employment related training; professional services; personal emergency response systems; skilled nursing services; center-based respite; and one-time transitional services.
Children’s Choice Waiver offers supplemental support to children through age 18 who currently live at home with their families or with foster families. Funding is received for: support coordination, family supports, center-based respite, environmental accessibility adaptations (including vehicles), and family training.
Supports Waiver offers people age 18 and older services that include: supported employment; day habilitation; prevocational services; respite; habilitation; and personal emergency response systems.
Residential Options Waiver (ROW) offers individuals of all ages services designed to support them to move from ICFs/DD and nursing facilities to community-based settings and to serve as an alternative to institutionalization. ROW services include residential services (e.g., host home and shared living); vocational services (e.g., day habilitation and supported employment); support services (e.g., support coordination, one-time transition services, respite-out of home); and professional services (e.g., speech therapy and psychology).