Developmental Disabilities Services
In this section…
• How do I know if I am eligible for Northeast Delta Human Services Authority services?
• List of Services
• What should I bring with me to my first appointment?
• Where is the nearest clinic for developmental disabilities services?
How do I know if I am eligible for Northeast Delta HSA services?
A developmental disability means a severe, chronic disability of a person that:
• Is attributable to an intellectual or physical impairment or combination of intellectual and physical impairments
• Is manifested before the person reaches age 22
• Is likely to continue indefinitely
• Results in substantial functional limitations in three or more of the following areas of major life activity: self-care, receptive and expressive language, learning, mobility, self-direction, capacity for independent living, economic self-sufficiency
• Is not attributed solely to mental illness
• Reflects the person’s need for a combination and sequence of special, interdisciplinary, or generic care, treatment, or other services of lifelong or extended duration, and are individually planned and coordinated
• A substantial developmental delay or specific congenital or acquired condition in a person from birth through age nine; who, without support and services, has a high probability of resulting in those criteria listed above later in life that may be considered to be a developmental disability.
This information serves as a guideline. If you believe you or a member of your family may meet these criteria and need services, please contact us for additional information. *Some but not all Developmental Disabilities programs require Medicaid eligibility.
List of Services
Individual and Family Support provides assistance not available from any other resource that will allow people with developmental disabilities to live in their own homes or with their families in their own community.
Flexible Family Funds provides monthly stipends to families of eligible children with severe or profound developmental disabilities from birth to age 18 to help their families meet extraordinary costs. These subsidies are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities Medicaid Waiver Programs:
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
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.
What should I bring with me to my first appointment?
2. Louisiana ID if available
3. Any psychological evaluations, medical records, work assessments, social security disability verification documents, Individualized Education Plan (IEP) along with school evaluations current or historical.
4. Any medical insurance cards including private, Medicare, Medicaid.
5. Any legal documents related to custody orders, guardianship, tutorship, etc. of the applicant.
Where is the nearest clinic for developmental disabilities services?
Questions about eligibility?
If you want to learn more about eligibility, Northeast Delta Human Services Authority staff will assist you with assessment, planning and/or referrals for services.