If your child may need personal care assistance as an adult, you should apply for Medicaid Waivers.
This could be one of the most important things you do to get support throughout your child's life.
Waivers are a part of Medicaid, which is a state-funded health insurance. They're also called Home and Community-Based Waivers.
If you can live at home, but only with support, the waivers give that support.
What kinds of services?
Help with independent skills
Employment training and support
Help taking part in community activities
Waivers provide services for children and adults
If there is any chance you or a family might need support services at some point, it's worth getting on the list!
To learn more, see our Medicaid Waivers Guides.
There are also other adult services you should ask about.
These include services from the Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD).
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This department runs programs for people with developmental disabilities.
They have services for people of any age.
There are offices all over the state. The local office that connects you with OCDD services is called a Human Services District Office or Authority (HSD or HSA).
There are many organizations in Louisiana that are doing excellent work to support people with disabilities!
You can connect with many of them through your child's IEP and transition team.
Here's what you can do:
Make sure you include the adult services in the transition plan.
Ask your IEP team about what outside agencies can help your child. Give them permission to connect you with them so they can start to prepare to support your child's adult needs.
See the other section in the menu about state agencies.