Developmental Disabilities

The SCLHSA Developmental Disabilities (DD) program’s core services act as the Single Point of Entry (SPOE) into the DD services system and providing support coordination. Specifically, DD oversees public and private residential services and other supports and services for people with disabilities. Support coordination services to individuals and their families are provided through DD and other available resources. Staff members assess the needs for support and services, develop individual plans of support, make applicable referrals, and provide ongoing coordination for the client’s support plans.

Targeted services are centered on Home and Community-Based Services Waiver programs and based on federal criteria and allows services to be provided in a home or community-based settings for the recipient who would otherwise require institutional care. The SCLHSA partners with other agencies to assess and provide for the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities such as the regional courts, Adult Protection and Elderly Protection Services, OCS Child Protection, and various other state and community based agencies.

Individual and Family Support Services 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 agencies or through individualized agreements with individuals and families.

Flexible Family Funds provides monthly stipends to families of eligible children and severe or profound developmental disabilities from birth to age 18 to help families meet extraordinary costs.

Intermediate Care Facilities for People with Developmental Disabilities (ICF/DD)– The purpose of ICF/DD is that of diagnosis, treatment, or habilitation. The ICF/DD provides a protected residential setting, ongoing evaluation, planning, 24 hour supervision, coordination and integration of health services that are individualized per participant needs.

Early Steps– Louisiana’s early intervention system for children with disabilities and developmental delay ages birth to three, provides speech-language, occupational and physical therapies, special instruction, assistive technology, service coordination, medical, health and nursing services, audiology and vision services, social services, psychology services, family training, nutritional services and transportation. For eligibility determination in Early Steps, call 1-866-EarlySteps (327-5978).

Waiver 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 in the home and in the community.  All waiver recipients’ health and welfare must be assured via the Individual Supports Plan.  Waiver services must represent a least restrictive treatment alternative.

Children’s Choice Waiver offers supplemental support to children through age 18 who currently live at home with their families or with a foster family.  Waiver participants are eligible for all medically necessary Medicaid services and will also receive the waiver services funding for: Support Coordination, family supports, center-based respite, environmental accessibility adaptations (including vehicles), and family training.  Children who age out of the waiver are offered an appropriate waiver for adults.

New Opportunities Waiver offers people age 3 and older specific activities and focused support that include: individual and family supports (day and night) community integration and development environmental accessibility adaptations, specialized medical equipment and supplies, support 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.

Supports Waiver offers people age 18 and older specific, activity focused services that include: supported employment; day habilitation; prevocational services; respite; habilitation; and personal emergency response systems.

Residential Options Waiver offers personal of all range of services within an overall budget.  ROW is designed to support persons to move from ICFs/DD and nursing facilities in community based settings and to serve as an alternative to institutionalization.  ROW provides individual and family supports options, employment/habilitation options skilled nursing, etc.


For more information or to apply for services please call:


5593 Highway 311

Houma, LA 70360

PH: 985.876.8805