Services & Programs
The Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD) serves as the Single Point of Entry into the developmental disabilities services system.
To get more detailed information regarding OCDD services and programs, view the OCDD Program Brochure, click here.
To apply for any of these services, contact a human services district/authority, click here.
The following are brief descriptions of OCDD services and programs.
EarlySteps provides services to families with infants and toddlers aged birth to three years (36 months) who have a medical condition likely to result in a developmental delay, or who have developmental delays. To learn more about EarlySteps, click here.
Flexible Family Funds
OCDD provides monthly stipends to families of eligible children with severe or profound developmental disabilities from birth to age 18 to help their families meet extraordinary costs. These subsidies are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. To submit an application, contact a human services district or authority.
Freedom of Choice Providers
This is the process whereby OCDD assures that each person and/or their family has the right to choose the service provider most qualified to meet their needs. It is important to learn as much as possible about a prospective provider in order to make an informed decision regarding which agency will be best suited to meet you or your family member's needs. To begin the process of locating a provider, click here.
Home and Community-Based Services
Medicaid home and community-based waiver programs allow people greater flexibility to choose where they want to live and to use services and supports that best suit their needs. Services are provided must represent a least-restrictive treatment alternative. Each home and community-based waiver has specific service packages and eligibility requirements. Waiver opportunities are dependent upon funding, and are also offered based on the individual's need and priority level from their Screening for Urgency of Need (SUN) through the Request for Services Registry.
Click here, to get detailed information about OCDD's home and community-based waiver services or click the links below to learn more about each waiver offered by OCDD.
- Children's Choice Waiver
- New Opportunities Waiver (NOW)
- Residential Options Waiver (ROW)
- Supports Waiver
Individual and Family Support
Individual and family support services provide assistance not available from any other resource that will allow people with developmental disabilities to live in their own homes or with their families in their own community. 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.
My Place Louisiana
My Place Louisiana is the state's program for the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Money Follows the Person (MFP) Rebalancing Demonstration, designed to help states try new ways of delivering Medicaid services. The demonstration program is designed to help people to move or "transition" from an institution into home- and community-based living settings, such as a home or apartment. To learn more about My Place Louisiana, click here.
Request for Services Registry (RFSR) or "Waiting List"
OCDD currently has a waiting list for services, which is comprised of adults and children with develomental disabilities who are requesting or seeking services. Some individuals on the waiting list, may be receiving other services in the interim. The Registry is for people who anticipate a need for services. The waiting list is for people who have a current need for funded services. Individuals on the waiting list will receive a SUN screening to determine their level of need.
Dates serving as of 12/22/2017:
New Opportunities Waiver (NOW) - 8/18/04
Children's Choice Waiver - 12/31/06
Supports Waiver - 3/31/15
OCDD operates four resource centers across the state including nine community support teams that provide services to providers, families and people with complex medical and behavioral support needs to assist them to remain in their community setting. To learn more about the Resource Centers, click here.
Support Coordination (formerly case management) is defined as services provided to Medicaid Eligible recipients to assist them in gaining access to the full range of needed services including medical, social, educational and other support services within OCDD. To learn more about the Support Coordination, click here.
Tiered Waiver System
OCDD's four developmental disability home and community-based waivers, New Opportunities Waiver (NOW), Residential Options Waiver (ROW), Supports Waiver, and Children's Choice Waiver have now been operationalized to a tiered waiver system of service delivery, which will allow for individuals to be supported in the most appropriate waiver. To learn more, click here.