Acadiana Area Human Services District is committed to ensuring quality services, serving as the single point of entry into the developmental disabilities services system.
FLEXIBLE FAMILY FUND: Flexible Family Fund provides a monthly stipend to families of eligible children with severe or profound developmental disabilities from birth to age 18. Funds are intended to help families meet the extraordinary costs associated with maintaining their child in the home. Stipends are awarded to eligible children on a first come, first serve basis.
INDIVIDUAL AND FAMILY SUPPORT: This program provides resources to people with developmental disabilities to allow them to live in their own homes or with their families in their own communities. Requests are prioritized based upon level and immediacy of need. Individual and Family Support services include, but are not limited: respite care, personal assistance services, specialized clothing, dental and medical services not covered by other sources, specialized equipment and services such as communications services, crisis intervention, and family education. AAHSD administers the program through state general funds to provide supports that are not available from any other sources. The availability of funding for supports is contingent on the availability of funding from state general funds.
SUPPORT COORDINATION: AAHSD Community Support Professionals may provide support coordination services to individuals and their families by:
- Providing information about supports and services available, through AAHSD and other community services;
- Making applicable referrals to other community services;
- Assessing the need for supports and services and developing an individualized Plan of Support which identifies formal and natural supports
- Providing ongoing coordination and monitoring of the person’s support plan.
SUPPORTED LIVING: Supported Living services are intended to assist a person in the performance of daily living skills. The person’s needs are identified through the Person-Centered Planning Process and include, but are not limited to, training/assistance in the performance of daily living skills.
SCHOOL TRANSITION SERVICES: Information and referral for individuals who are transitioning from school to work.
RESIDENTIAL: Intermediate Care Facilities for people with Developmental Disabilities (ICF/DD) provide a broad range of residential services such as community homes, group homes, small or large institutions. AAHSD is the Single Point of Entry for all requests for ICF/DD placement (public and private) in the region. (OCDD operates one public supports and services center which is a large facility).
EARLY STEPS: 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. Children with delays in cognitive, motor, vision, hearing, communication, social-emotional or adaptive development may be eligible for services. These services are designed to improve the family’s capacity to enhance their child’s development and improve the natural environment such as the child’s home, child care or any other community setting typical for children aged birth to 3 years (36 months). Anyone can make an Early Steps referral by contacting the System Point of Entry, which for the Region 4 service area is 1-866-494-8900, or, 337-359-8748.
ENTRY: AAHSD serves as the Single Point of Entry for people with developmental disabilities who are seeking supports or services through Louisiana’s Department of Health and Hospitals. It is our intention to make the application process friendly, informative, and focused on meeting your needs and desires. To apply for entry into the system or to get additional information regarding developmental disabilities services, please contact AAHSD.
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 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 also offered based on the individual’s need and priority level from their Screening for Urgency of Need (SUN) through the Request for Services Registry.
Tiered Waiver: Through an innovative approach to providing services to people with developmental disabilities, the Louisiana Department of Health is effectively ending the 25-year-old waiting list for specialized home and community-based services. This new plan prioritizes the needs of people instead of the date they applied for services.
The new plan, or Tiered Waiver, means that individuals with a greater urgency of need will now be prioritized for receiving the most appropriate home and community-based services. Over two years ago, LDH’s Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities began a screening process to evaluate the needs of the more than 10,000 individuals who were on a waiting list for services. As of today, all of the people on this waiting list who have an urgent or emergent need for waiver services have received a waiver opportunity
The Following Waiver Services are offered:
- 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.
- New Opportunities Waiver offers people age 3 and older who otherwise would require the level of care of an Intermediate Care Facility for the Developmentally Disabled (ICFs/DD) services that allow them to remain in their communities. Services are based on the need of the recipient and are developed using a person-centered process to formulate an individualized plan.
- Residential Options Waiver offers people of all ages services designed to support them to move from ICFs/DD and nursing facilities to community-based settings, and to serve as an alternative to institutionalization.
- Supports Waiver offers focused, individualized vocational services to people age 18 and older who otherwise would require the level of care of an Intermediate Care Facility for the Developmentally Disabled (ICFs/DD).
To apply for services, contact Acadiana Human Services District/Developmental Disability Services department. For more information regarding what these waivers provide, please refer to the OCDD Medicaid Waiver site by going to the Louisiana Department of Health Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities
COMMUNITY SUPPORT TEAM (CST): Provides supports and services to individuals who need intensive treatment intervention allowing them to remain in their community living setting. They provide:
- Initial and ongoing assessment;
- Psychiatric services;
- Family support and education;
- Support Coordination and any other services critical to an individual’s ability to live successfully in the community;
The team consists of a psychologist, social worker, nurse, contract psychiatrist, and services are provided on a 24 hr / 7 day a week basis. Services are provided in the community rather than an office-based practice and combines skill teaching with clinical management.