Special Needs Agencies and Support Groups


Applying for Public Benefits and Services

Department of Children and Family Services

Works to keep children safe, help individuals and families become self-sufficient and provide safe refuge during disasters.
(888) 524-3578

 

Louisiana Medicaid

Provides medical benefits to low-income individuals and families. The Louisiana Medicaid Program operates within the Department of Health and Hospitals.
(888) 342-6207

 

Louisiana Rehabilitation Services

Assists persons with disabilities in their desire to obtain or maintain employment and/or achieve independence in their communities by providing rehabilitation services and working cooperatively with business and other community resources.
(225) 342-3111

 

Office of Aging and Adult Services (OAAS)

Brings together all of the long-term care programs that serve senior citizens and people with adult-onset disabilities. Aims to develop, provide and enhance services that offer meaningful choices for people in need of long-term care.
(866) 758-5035

 

Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities

The Single Point of Entry (SPOE) into the developmental disabilities services system. Oversees public and private residential services and other services for people with developmental disabilities.
(866) 783-5533

 

Social Security Disability

Pays benefits to people who cannot work because they have a medical condition that is expected to last at least one year or result in death.
(800) 772-1213

 

Community Support

Advocacy Center of Louisiana

Protects, empowers, and advocates for people with disabilities throughout the state, and for adults over age 60 in Orleans Parish. The protection and advocacy system for Louisiana.
(800) 960-7705

 

The Arc of Louisiana

Nation’s leading advocate for all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families and the premier provider of the support and services people want and need.
(866) 966-6260

 

Brain Injury Association of Louisiana

The state resource center, selected by the legislature, to provide services to Louisiana citizens who survive traumatic head or spinal cord injuries.
(504) 982-0685

 

Cerebral Palsy of Louisiana

Provides direct services to persons with cerebral palsy throughout the state of Louisiana. These services are provided at no cost to the client. They provide, among other things, assistance with the purchase, rental and repair of durable medical equipment; assistance with payment for physical and occupational therapy, prescription shoes, and evaluations.
(800) 375-8275

 

Families Helping Families

A statewide network of ten family-directed and family-staffed regional resource centers which provide information on all types of services, goods, technologies, and activities that improve the quality of life in the community; help individuals understand their rights and how to advocate for themselves; and lend support from someone “who has been there.”

Families Helping Families of Southeast Louisiana, Inc.
Region I – serving parishes of Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard
(504) 943-0343 or (877) 243-7352
info@fhfsela.org

Families Helping Families of Greater Baton Rouge, Inc.
Region II – serving parishes of East and West Baton Rouge, East and West Feliciana, Iberville, Pointe Coupee, and Ascension
(225) 216-7474 or (866) 216-7474
info@fhfgbr.org

Bayou Land Families Helping Families, Inc.
Region III – serving parishes of Assumption, Lafourche, St. Charles, St. James, St. John, St. Mary, Terrebonne
(985) 447-4461or (800) 331-5570
blfhf@bellsouth.net

Families Helping Families of Acadiana, Inc.
Region IV – serving parishes of Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, and Vermillion
(337) 984-3458 or (855) 984-3458

Families Helping Families of Southwest Louisiana, Inc.
Region V – serving parishes of Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, and Jeff Davis
(337) 436-2570 or (800) 894-6558
info@fhfswla.org

Families Helping Families at the Crossroads of La., Inc.
Region VI – serving parishes of Avoyelles, Concordia, Catahoula, Grant, LaSalle, Rapides, Vernon and Winn
(318) 641-7373 or (800) 259-7200
fhfxroads@aol.com

Families Helping Families of Region VII, Inc.
Region VII – serving parishes of Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Claiborne, Desoto, Red River, Natchitoches, Sabine, and Webster
(318) 226-4541 or (877) 226-4541
info@fhfregion7.com

Families Helping Families of Northeast Louisiana, Inc.
Region VIII – serving parishes of Caldwell, East Carroll, Franklin, Jackson, Lincoln, Madison, Morehouse, Ouachita, Richland, Tensas, Union, and West Carroll
(318) 361-0487 or (888) 300-1320
info@fhfnela.org

Northshore Families Helping Families, Inc.
Region IX – serving parishes of Livingston, St. Helena, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Washington
(985) 875-0511 or (800) 383-8700
info@fhfnorthshore.org

Families Helping Families of Jefferson, Inc.
Region X – serving Jefferson Parish
(504) 888-9111 or (800) 766-7736
info@fhfjefferson.org

 

Lighthouse Louisiana

Helps people get jobs and keep jobs, regain their independence, and challenge the expectations of the capabilities of people with disabilities.
Baton Rouge (225) 275-1200
New Orleans (504) 899-4501