Resources

Advocacy Center – Louisiana
The Advocacy Center is Louisiana’s protection and advocacy system. Federal law requires that a protection and advocacy system operate in every state to protect the rights of persons with mental or physical disabilities. The Advocacy Center is also funded by the state to provide legal assistance to people residing in nursing homes in Louisiana, as well as to residents 60 years and older of Orleans, Plaquemines and St. Tammany Parishes; and to advocate for the rights of group home residents. Among the diverse services offered are legal representation, information and referral, outreach and training.  This organization is a tax-exempt, private non-profit corporation organized in 1978 and governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. It is based in New Orleans with branch offices in Baton Rouge, Lafayette, and Shreveport.

Families Helping Families
The purpose of the Louisiana Association of Families Helping Families is to provide a mechanism for its members to share management expertise, strategies and resources that enhance the capacity of regional Families Helping Families Centers to serve their constituents in an efficient and cost-effective manner, as well as to provide a protocol for both fiscal and programmatic accountability for each FHF Center with an established membership criteria.

Governor's Office of Disability Affairs
The Governor’s Office of Disability Affairs (GODA) strives to serve as an informational resource for people with disabilities, their families and the agencies that serve them. GODA was established and designed by the Governor’s Office to adequately educate, address and resolve issues relative to the disability community. It is our goal to promote, encourage and support citizens with disabilities so they may have an equal opportunity to actively participate in all aspects of life.

LATAN – Louisiana Assistive Technology Access Network
Contact for assistive devices and durable medical equipment for disaster survivors, and for information regarding other programs and services for people with disabilities and age-related limitation who can benefit from assistive devices and daily living aids.

Office for Citizens With Developmental Disabilities (OCDD)
The Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD) serves as the Single Point of Entry (SPOE) into the developmental disabilities services system and oversees public and private residential services and other services for people with developmental disabilities.  The Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities is committed to ensuring quality services and supports, information and opportunities for choice to people of Louisiana with developmental disabilities and their families. OCDD conducts an assessment of people who request services to determine the person’s eligibility for system entry. Eligibility is based on the definition of developmental disability contained in Louisiana R.S. 28:451.1-455.2. The community services regional offices and human services authorities/districts serve as the points of entry for individuals to receive services from both the regional offices/human services authorities/districts and the supports and services centers.

Office of Aging and Adult Services
The Office of Aging and Adult Services (OAAS) was formed within the Department of Health and Hospitals as a health care reform initiative, bringing together all of the long-term care programs that serve senior citizens and people with adult-onset disabilities. The Office of Aging and Adult Services aims to develop, provide and enhance services that offer meaningful choices for people in need of long-term care. The office is committed to developing a long-term care system that provides choice, ensures quality, meets the needs of consumers and caregivers, and does so in a fiscally responsible manner.

People First of Louisiana
People First of Louisiana supports people with disabilities to empower themselves in becoming effective decision makers, to gain more independence, and enjoy life as equal citizens of the United States of America.

Statewide Independent Living Council
The Louisiana Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) was established by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to support the efforts of our citizens with disabilities to live independently in the community of their choice. SILC works to maximize the leadership, empowerment, independence and productivity of individuals with disabilities, facilitating integration and full inclusion into the mainstream of American society.

The Arc of Louisiana
The Arc of Louisiana is an advocacy organization of and for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. It is devoted to promoting and improving supports and services for people with developmental disabilities and their families. The Arc is people- people with developmental disabilities, parents, family members, and friends who work together. We are a grassroots organization with over 6,000 members affiliated through 21 local chapters across the state. A board of directors and a delegate body of representatives from each chapter guides the work of The Arc. The Arc staff work hard to make a difference in the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. With guidance from our board of directors, The Arc of Louisiana works hand-in- hand with our many local chapters to fulfill The Arc’s mission throughout the state.


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