Resource CentersThe Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities has developed resource centers to increase capacity to support and include people with developmental disabilities. These resource centers 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. Primary focus groups include people with disabilities and their families, providers, professionals and other state agencies. Resource center initiatives involve:
- Developing and providing capacity building in specialty areas through training events/educational materials, consultations, technical assistance, and limited direct services;
- Building partnerships and collaborative relationships with providers, community professionals, other state agencies, educational institutions, professional organizations, and other stakeholders to efficiently target gaps and improve multiple efforts;
- Recruiting and retaining highly qualified and capable professionals to maintain and increase the pool of expertise in Louisiana; and
- Accomplishing and promoting research and publication in specialty areas.