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Developmental Disabilities

What is a developmental disability?

A developmental disability is a severe, chronic disability that can be an intellectual impairment, a physical impairment, or both. The disability must be likely to continue indefinitely and cause a person to have substantial limitations in multiple areas of self-care, language, learning, mobility, and the ability to live independently. These impairments cannot be attributed solely to mental illness and the disability must have manifested before the individual is 22 years of age.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

How do I apply for services?

Contact our office at 318-362-5188 or 318-362-3396.

You will be connected with a staff person who will start the application process with you. A required face-to-face interview will be scheduled to meet you, gather information and obtain the required authorization to complete the application process. You do not have to be Medicaid eligible to apply for eligibility into the service system.

What should I bring to my first appointment?

  1. For students – IEP (Individualized Education Plan).
  2. One or more of the following: Psychological Records, Medical Records, Work Assessment.
  3. Insurance is not required, but please bring your insurance or Medicaid card if you have a policy.
  4. Social security card or social security number.
  5. Any custody documents if applicable.
  6. Guardians must accompany children and adults who are under another person’s guardianship, curatorship, etc. Although guardians may begin the application process for developmental disability service clients, we must meet with the person who will receive services prior to their treatment or receipt of services.

Where is Northeast Delta located?

Our Developmental Disabilities Office is located at 2324 Armand Connector, Monroe, LA 71201.
Our Office Hours are 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M., Monday through Friday.



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