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What is a Developmental Disability?

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 the age of 22
    • Is likely to continue indefinitely
    • Results in substantial functional limitations in three or more the following areas of major life activity: self-care, receptive and expressive language, learning, mobility, self-direction, capacity for independent living, economic-self sufficiency
  • A substantial developmental delay or specific congenital or acquired condition in a person from birth through age 9 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.

Developmental Disability Services

South Central Louisiana Human Services Authority (SCLHSA) Developmental Disabilities Program acts as a single point of entry for all your needs related to the following developmental disability services:

  • Early Steps
  • Flexible Family Funds
  • Individual and Family Support
  • Intermediate Care Facilities for People with Developmental Disabilities (ICF/DD)
  • Medicaid Home and Community-Based Waiver
  • Children’s Choice Waiver
  • New Opportunities Waiver
  • Supports Waiver
  • Residential Options Waiver

Where do I begin?

SCLHSA Developmental Disability Services acts as a single point of entry for all of your needs related to developmental disabilities, including:

  • Determining eligibility. To receive services, you must meet state/federal criteria and be a resident of Assumption, Lafourche, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Mary and Terrebonne Parishes.
  • Support Requests/Assessing Your Needs. Once deemed eligible and request for supports has been received, you will be assigned a Service Coordinator who will work with you to learn more about your short and long-term needs. Those needs may relate both to the person with developmental disability as well as her or his caregiver(s).
  • Receiving Supports. Supports are provided as outlined by law and are based on need and available resources. Your Coordinator also will help you create a personalized Plan of Support. This plan will connect you with support coordination, personal care services, residential and vocational services, psychological services, family support, etc.


South Central Louisiana Human Services Authority Developmental Disabilities
5593 Highway 311 Houma, LA 70360