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Louisiana Medicaid Waivers

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.

Other Programs in Louisiana:

Louisiana Advocacy Organizations:

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: Yes, the waiver is based on the child's income only.
  • Waiver Type: 1915(c)
  • Spots: 1700
  • Expiration Date: 6/30/2019
  • Description from medicaid.govProvides 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
  • How to Apply: Visit your local community service office.
  • Waiting List: Louisiana has 14,578 people developmental disabilities and 7298 children on waiting lists.
  • Advocacy/Support Group: Let us know if there is one.

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: 6/30/2016; waiver is still in effect but we don't have any information regarding renewal
  • Description from medicaid.govProvides center-based respite, day habilitation, employment related training, supported employment, supported living, skilled nursing, specialized medical equipment and supplies, adult companion care, community integration and development, environmental accessibility adaptations, housing stabilization, housing stabilization transition, individual and family support, one-time transitional, PERS, professional services, remote assistance, substitute family care for individuals with autism, IID, MR, ages 3 - no max age.
  • Online State Information: New Opportunities Waiver Page
  • How to Apply: Visit your local community service office.
  • Waiting List: Louisiana has 14,578 people developmental disabilities and 7298 children on waiting lists.
  • Advocacy/Support Group: Let us know if there is one.

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.govProvides 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
  • How to Apply: Visit your local community service office.
  • Waiting List: Louisiana has 14,578 people developmental disabilities and 7298 children on waiting lists.
  • Advocacy/Support Group: Let us know if there is one.

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: 1200
  • Expiration Date: 2/28/2017
  • Description from medicaid.govProvides 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
  • How to Apply: Contact Magellan of Louisiana or call 1-800-424-4399.
  • Waiting List: Louisiana has 14,578 people developmental disabilities and 7298 children on waiting lists.
  • Advocacy/Support Group: Let us know if there is one.