Applying through OCDD and OAAS

If you have not done this yet, get into the OCDD or OAAS system.

Here's what you can do:

  • Call your HSD office first.

  • Tell them about your disability and what kind of services you need in order to live a full life. Be specific and thorough. The intake person you talk to must understand what prevents you from taking care of your needs.

  • Ask them about Medicaid Waivers and what other services you might qualify for.

  • There are also some services you may be able to get from OAAS. We'll tell you more about that later.

Click on the boxes below to find your nearest HSD or OAAS office:

These are the regional HSD offices in Louisiana.  Call the one closest to you.

Note that some offices are called Districts, and some are called Authorities.

Go to this website for more information. (It will open in a new tab or window.)

Or call this main office:

List of HSD phone numbers

Map of Louisiana with numbers corresponding each HSD district


You can also call the OCDD Resource Centers:

These links will open in a new tab on your screen.

Click here for more information about the Resource Centers.

Or call the center closest to you:

Sources: LDH, OCDD

OAAS: Office of Aging and Adult Services

Here are the regional offices:

(You can click on the name to get more information about that office, or call the number.)

Source: OAAS


Here's what to expect when you call the HSD or OAAS office:

  • They'll meet with you in person to do a face-to-face interview.  The purpose of this interview is to find out your 'level of need'.  Your 'level of need' is how much you need the support.

  • You'll get a written report.

  • If you qualify, you'll get a statement of approval.  Now you're in the Developmental Disabilities system!

  • You will get a Support Coordinator who will help you through the process of getting services.

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

When you call to ask for services, make sure they schedule a time and meet with you in person. If they say you don't qualify but have never met you, insist on a face-to-face assessment. Be persistent!


Sources: LDH, OCDD, OAAS