Louisiana

Louisiana currently has four waivers that are open to children. All are HCBS 1915(c) Medicaid waivers. Two of these programs waive parental income; we have not been able to obtain complete information about the other two. For general information on most of Louisiana's programs, see their Waiver Services page.

Louisiana also has several adult-only waivers, including Adult Day Health Care, Community Choices, and Supports Waiver.

Louisiana Advocacy Organizations:

Programs in Louisiana

CHILDREN'S CHOICE
  • Target Population: Children and adults with developmental or intellectual disabilities, including autism.
  • Ages: 0-18
  • Levels of Care: Intermediate Care Facility
  • Income Waiver: For children, income of other family members is not considered if the child receives SSI. Parental income is counted toward minor children for the month of admission only. The income of the minor and the income of the parent(s) with whom the child lived during the month of admission are counted together.
  • Waiver Type: 1915(c)
  • Spots: 1700
  • Expiration Date: 6/30/2019
  • Description from medicaid.gov: Provides center-based respite, support coordination, specialized medical equipment and supplies, aquatic therapy, art therapy, environmental accessibility adaptations, family support service, family training, hippotherapy/therapeutic horseback riding, housing stabilization, housing stabilization transition, music therapy, sensory integration for individuals with autism, IID and DD, ages 0-18.
  • Online State Information: Children's Choice Waiver
  • Official Federal Information
  • How to Apply: Visit your local community service office.
  • Waiting List: Louisiana has 17,083 people developmental disabilities and 8478 children on waiting lists.
NEW OPPORTUNITIES WAIVER

Also called NOW Waiver

  • Target Population: Children and adults with developmental or intellectual disabilities, including autism.
  • Ages: 3+
  • Levels of Care: Intermediate Care Facility
  • Income Waiver: For children, income of other family members is not considered if the child receives SSI. Parental income is counted toward minor children for the month of admission only. The income of the minor and the income of the parent(s) with whom the child lived during the month of admission are counted together.
  • Waiver Type: 1915(c)
  • Spots: 9100
  • Expiration Date: 12/31/2021
  • Description from medicaid.gov: Provides center-based respite, day habilitation, individual and family support, prevocational services, supported independent living, supported employment, skilled nursing, specialized medical equipment and supplies, adult companion care, community integration and development, environmental accessibility adaptations, housing stabilization service, housing stabilization transition service, one-time transitional, personal emergency response, professional services, substitute family care (SFC) for individuals with autism, IID, MR, ages 3 - no max age.
  • Online State Information: New Opportunities Waiver Page
  • Official Federal Information
  • How to Apply: Visit your local community service office.
  • Waiting List: Louisiana has 17,083 people developmental disabilities and 8478 children on waiting lists.
RESIDENTIAL OPTIONS WAIVER
  • Target Population: Children and adults with developmental or intellectual disabilities, including autism, to move out of residential facilities.
  • Ages: all ages
  • Levels of Care: Intermediate Care Facility
  • Income Waiver: unknown
  • Waiver Type: 1915(c)
  • Spots: 625
  • Expiration Date: 3/31/2018
  • Description from medicaid.gov: Provides day habilitation, prevocational, respite care-out of home, shared living services, support coordination, supported employment, assistive technology/specialized medical equipment and supplies, dental, community living supports, companion care, environmental accessibility adaptations, host home, nursing, one-time transitional services, PERS, professional services, transportation-community access for individuals with MR, DD, autism, ages 0 - no max age.
  • Online State Information: Residential Options Waiver
  • Official Federal Information
  • How to Apply: Visit your local community service office.
  • Waiting List: Louisiana has 17,083 people developmental disabilities and 8478 children on waiting lists.
COORDINATED SYSTEM OF CARE - SED CHILDREN
  • Target Population: Children with serious emotional disturbance or mental illness.
  • Ages: 0-21
  • Levels of Care: Nursing Facility, Hospital
  • Income Waiver: Yes, the waiver is based on the child's income only.
  • Waiver Type: 1915(c)
  • Spots: 2400
  • Expiration Date: 2/28/2017 but program is still in effect
  • Description from medicaid.gov: Provides crisis stabilization, independent living/skills building, parent support and training, short-term respite, youth support and training for individuals with SED (ages 0-17) and mental illness (18-21).
  • Online State Information: Coordinated Systems of Care Page
  • Official Federal Information
  • How to Apply: Contact Magellan of Louisiana or call 1-800-424-4399.
  • Waiting List: Louisiana has 17,083 people developmental disabilities and 8478 children on waiting lists.
OTHER PROGRAMS