Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals | Kathy Kliebert, Secretary

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Services & ProgramsThe Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD) serves as the Single Point of Entry into the developmental disabilities services system. The following are brief descriptions of OCDD services and programs. To apply for any of these services, contact your human services district/authority.


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.

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.

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 offered on a first-come, first-served basis through the Request for Services Registry.

To learn more about the four (Children's Choice, New Opportunities, Residential Options, and Supports) home and community-based Waiver Services that OCDD offers, click here.

Request for Services Registry Dates

As of 1/30/2014

New Opportunities Waiver (NOW) - 8/18/2004
Supports Waiver - 10/31/2011
Children's Choice Waiver - 3/5/2005

Freedom of Choice Providers

To learn which Freedom of Choice Providers are in your area, 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 learn more about Flexible Family Funds, click here.

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.

Resource Centers

OCDD Resource Centers extend their services to people with disabilities, their families, providers, professionals, and other state agencies, and are designed to build capacity of community providers. They are committed to enhancing quality of life by identifying, maximizing and supplementing the existing supports through utilization of expertise within the services system. Each resource center has a specialty area. To learn more about the Resource Centers, click here.

Community supports and services are provided to people who need intensive treatment intervention to allow them to remain in their community setting.