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Resource Allocation Information

The Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD) continues to work to ensure services in the New Opportunities Waiver (NOW) are available to meet support needs for people receiving services.

Additional rate cuts were proposed for community service providers because of the funding challenges in Louisiana. Instead of making these additional rate cuts to community services, a decision was made with input from advocates, support coordinators and providers to discontinue the three year phase-in of Resource Allocation for people receiving New Opportunities Waiver (NOW) services. OCDD’s original phase-in plan would have allowed waiver recipients three years to reduce the number of support hours to the amount necessary for their assessed level of need.

OCDD estimates there are approximately 2,600 people currently receiving more services than necessary by the assessment on the Supports Intensity Scale and Louisiana PLUS (SIS/LAPLUS).These changes took effect Jan. 1, 2011, but reductions in hours will only occur following discussions with the support coordinator and support team to decide if recipients can use options like sharing, work/day program, natural supports or unsupported time to help reduce hours.

If you have questions about resource allocation, please see our frequently asked questions below, contact the Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities at 1.866.783.5553, or contact your regional waiver office.

Resource Allocation Informational Meetings
Please join the Assistant Secretary for the Office of Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD), along with senior staff, to discuss the history of Resource Allocation, how to get the most from your planning meetings and what you need to know about the process to protect your rights. OCDD would like to hear your concerns and answer your questions. See the schedule of upcoming meetings.