Disability Services: OCDD and OAAS

Louisiana has a network of offices that have services for people with developmental disabilities or other disabilities.

OCDD: Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities

  • The department that runs Louisiana's programs for people with developmental disabilities

HSDHuman Services District (or Authority)

  • The local office that connects you with OCDD services, including Medicaid Waivers

  • Call them first if your disability started before age 22

OAAS: Office of Aging and Adult Services

  • The department in charge of services for older adults or those with disabilities

  • Call them first if your disability started after age 22

The Louisiana Department of Health or LDH. Within the LDH there are different offices, they are really more like departments. They are the OCDD and the OAAS. The OCDD is the Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities. This office provides services for children and adults with developmental disabilities. The OAAS is the Office of Aging and Adult Services. It provides services for people with disabilities and older adults. Outside of the LDH, is the HSD Office or the Human Services District Office. Call you local HSD Office to connect to OCDD services.   

If you or your family member needs support for any aspect of daily living, you should connect with these offices and ask for the specific supports you need.

Click on the box below to see how to qualify:

How do you know if you have a Developmental Disability that qualifies for services?

You should qualify if you:

  • have had this disability before you turned 22 years old

  • will have this disability for life

  • have trouble taking care of yourself, talking with others, learning, moving around, etc.

  • need more care and more services because of your disability

If you cannot live on your own without extra support, you could make a case to qualify.

Source: OCDD

See the page in the menu to learn more about OAAS Long Term Care Services.

 

Sources: LDH, OCDD

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