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Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities

Department of Health and Hospitals
Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilites
Region IV - Lafayette
214 Jefferson Street   Suite 301
Lafayette, LA  70501
(337) 262-5601

The Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilites is Lousiana's service system for persons with developmental disabilities and will be refered to as OCDD.  It operates witin the Department of Heath and Hospitals and serves as a Single point of entry (SPOE) into the developmental disability services system.

OCDD conducts an assessment of people who request services to determine the person's eligibility for services.   Eligibility is based on the definition of developmental disability contained in Louisiana R.S. 28:451.1-455.2.

It is our goal to help you to understand some of the services offered within our community with this website.   You will hear many terms, and acronyms, that will be explained here for you.   If you are in need of these services please contact OCDD at the number and address listed above, they can best assist you in this matter.

There are certain requirements that must be met for someone to receive services from OCDD.   For the complete description of these requirements and how to apply for services, click here.

To find the address of the OCDD Regional Office nearest you, click on the particular regional number on the OCDD Regional Map.


Individuals and Family Support Program
The Individual and Family Support Program provides resources to people with developmental disabilities to allow them to live in their own homes or with their families in their own community.  Regional offices and human services authorities/districts administer the program through state general fund monies to provide support that is not available from any other source.  Individual and Family Support services include, but are not limited to:  respite care, personal assistance services, specialized clothing, dental and medical services not covered by other sources, equipments and supplies, communication services, crisis intervention, specialized nutrition, and family education.
Click here for more information on the Individuals and Families Support Program.

The Cash Subsidy Program
The Cash Subsidy Program  provides a  monthly stipend to  families of eligible  children with severe disabilites, until the age of 18.   Funds are intended to help families meet the extraoidinary cost associated with maintaining their child in the home.  Stipends are awarded on a first come, first serve basis to elidible children with exceptionalities identified through the Department of Education's Pupil Appraisal Evaluation.
Click here for more information on the Cash Subsidy Program.

Home and Community-Based Waiver Services (HCBS)
Home and Community-Based Waiver Services (HCBS) are offered  through  the New Opportunitites Waiver (NOW), the Children's Choice Waiver, and Supports Waiver.  These waivers offer a variety of sercices and supports to allow individuals to reside in community settings other than ICFs/DD.  A fourth developmental disability waiver (Residential Options Waiver) is int he application process; this waiver will enable Money-Follows-the-Person strategies for people in ICFs/DD and nursing facilities to move to a comprehensive HCBS waiver option.
Click here for more information on New Opportunities Waiver.

Click here for more infomation on Children's Choice Waiver.

Click here for more information on Supports Waiver.

Earlysteps Program
The Earlysteps Program is Louisiana's early intervention system for children with disabilities and developmental delays, ages birth to three, and their families.   Services provided include:  audiology, speech-launguage therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, special insturction, assistive technology, service coordination, medical evaluation, health services, nursing services, vision services, social work services, psychology services, family training, nutritional services and transportation.
Click here for more information on the Earlysteps Program.

Supports and Services Centers
The seven Supports and Services Centers (formerly named  developmental centers) proide  residential services along with an array of community-based supports and services.   The names of the Centers were changed during the 2007 Legislative session to better reflect the array of supports and services offered by the centers.  Additionally these centers operate two associated residential/employment centers and twenty-seven community homes.
Click here for more information on Supports and Services Centers.

Transition Services
Transition Services  are  provided  to people  who currently  live in  a publicly-operated  supports  and  services center and who choose to move to a community living setting.   Services provided inclue, but are not limited to, develoment of an Individual Support Plan to identify supports and services necessary for a person to move into a community living setting of his/hehr choice, and provision of ongoing monitoring and over sight of community supports and strategies.
Click here for more information on Transition Services.

Resouce Centers
Five Resource Centers provide  leadership, enhance communication  and collaboration, and  increase the avail-ability and capacity of support and services to people with developmental disabilities.  Services provided include training opportunities, training curriculum development, provision of resource materials, resource guides, peer reviews, and program reviews.   There are five Resource Centers in the state, each offering specialized information and expertise. 
Click here for more infomation on Resource Centers.

Community Support Teams (CSTs)
Community Support Teams (CSTs)  are located  in  various  regions  throughout  the  state; they  are managed through local supports and services centers and accessed through OCDD Regional Offices and human services authorities/districts.  CSTs provide support and services to people with developmental disabilities who need intesnive treatment intervention, thus allowing  them to  remain in their community living setting.  The support and services include: initaial and ongoing assessment, psyciatric services, family support and education, support coordination, and other services critical to an individual's ability to live successfully in the community.  CSTs, which consist of psychologists, social workers, nurses, and psychiatrists, provide support and services on an as-needed basis, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.   Additionally, CST services are provided in the community rather than in an office-based practivce and combine skills development with clinical management.
Click here for more infomation on Community Support Teams.


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