Department of Children and Family Services
DCFS’s vision includes: working together to keep children safe, helping individuals and families become self-sufficient and providing safe refuge during disasters.
Medicaid provides medical benefits to low-income individuals and families. Although the federal government establishes the general rules for Medicaid, specific requirements are established by each state. In Louisiana, approximately 1.2 million residents receive health care coverage through Medicaid, most of whom are children under 19. The Louisiana Medicaid Program operates within the Department of Health and Hospitals.
Louisiana Rehabilitation Services
Louisiana Rehabilitation Services (LRS) 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.
Office of Aging and Adult Services (OAAS)
The Office of Aging and Adult Services (OAAS) was formed within the Department of Health and Hospitals as a health care reform initiative, bringing together all of the long-term care programs that serve senior citizens and people with adult-onset disabilities. The Office of Aging and Adult Services aims to develop, provide and enhance services that offer meaningful choices for people in need of long-term care. The office is committed to developing a long-term care system that provides choice, ensures quality, meets the needs of consumers and caregivers, and does so in a fiscally responsible manner.
Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities
The Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD) serves as the Single Point of Entry (SPOE) into the developmental disabilities services system and oversees public and private residential services and other services for people with developmental disabilities. The Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities is committed to ensuring quality services and supports, information and opportunities for choice to people of Louisiana with developmental disabilities and their families.
OCDD conducts an assessment of people who request services to determine the person’s eligibility for system entry. Eligibility is based on the definition of developmental disability contained in Louisiana R.S. 28:451.1-455.2. The community services regional offices and human services authorities/districts serve as the points of entry for individuals to receive services from both the regional offices/human services authorities/districts and the supports and services centers.
Office of Public Health
The DHH Office of Public Health is comprised of 1,300 professionals across Louisiana who are charged with protecting and promoting the health of the communities of our state. Engineers, doctors, chemists, biologists, nurses, sanitarians, clinicians, emergency preparedness experts and a host of other professionals work constantly to:
monitor the food Louisiana’s residents and visitors eat,
keep our water safe to drink,
fight chronic and communicable disease,
ensure we are ready for hurricanes, disasters and other threats,
ensure access to vital records like birth certificates, and
offer preventive health services.
Social Security Disability
Social Security 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. Federal law requires this very strict definition of disability. While some programs give money to people with partial disability or short-term disability, Social Security does not.