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  • Louisiana State Medicaid Waiver Program Application Guide



    Waiver Overview:

    Louisiana has 4 Home and Community Based Services Waivers (HCBS). We will cover the two best fits for parents of children with autism. The waitlist can be long if you are not classified as an emergency case. You can view how this priority system works here. Note that 85% of non emergency cases will end up waiting 1-5+ years for services.

    Waiver #1: New Opportunities Waiver (NOW)

    Who can apply?

    Circumstance/Diagnosis: Any child or adult older than 3 who is diagnosed with either an intellectual and/or developmental disability (this includes autism). The state requires that individuals need an intermediate care facility level of care to qualify. This just means that the individual is unable to get through their day without a lot of supervision.

    Income: The individual receiving services must not have more than $2,000 in assets (not counting car or house).

    What do I get?

    Center-Based Respite, Community Integration and Development, Day Habilitation and Transportation, Prevocational Services, Environmental Accessibilities Adaptations, Housing Stabilization Services, Housing Stabilization Transition Services, Individualized and Family Support (IFS) Service Day & Night, One-Time Transitional Services, Personal Emergency Response System, Adult Companion Care, Professional Services, Self-Direction Option, Skilled Nursing Services, Specialized Medical Equipment and Supplies, Substitute Family Care, Supported Employment and Transportation, Supported Living

    How do I apply?

    Call your district’s Human Services office

    Waiver #2: Children’s Choice Waiver

    Who can apply?

    Circumstance/Diagnosis: Any child under 18 who is diagnosed with either an intellectual and/or developmental disability (this includes autism). The state requires that individuals need an intermediate care facility level of care to qualify. This just means that the individual is unable to get through their day without a lot of supervision.

    Income: The individual receiving services must not have more than $2,000 in assets (not counting car or house).
    What do I get?

    Services: Support Coordination, Family Support, Center-Based Respite Care, Family Training, Environmental Accessibility Adaptations, Specialized Medical Equipment and Supplies, Permanent Housing Stabilization, Permanent Housing Stabilization Transition
    Therapies: Aquatic, Art, Music, Hippotherapy/Therapeutic Horseback Riding, Sensory Integration

    How do I apply?

    Call your district’s Human Services office

    What does the Goally Team Think?

    Louisiana has a good waiver program apart from their terrible waitlist. No family should have to wait longer than 5 years to receive services, and according to their website 40% of applicants end up doing this. You should pursue other resources using the links below while waiting. We think you are immediately eligible for a $258 stipend if you call your Human Services office.

    Goally Waiver Scorecard

    Website clarity and ease of navigation: 4/5
    Access and requirements of qualification: 0/5
    Healthcare coverage: 4/5

    Other online resources for Louisiana:

    This Regional Resource Guide can help you find funding and services while you are waiting for Medicaid waiver services.

    See this page for more information on the Flexible Family Funds, you could get a $258 stipend each month

    A explanation of all services and programs provided by the Louisiana Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities

    Telephone Resources

    Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD) Central Office: 225-342-0095
    Last edited by Nate; 07-03-2020, 09:38 AM.
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