Behavioral Health– provide support and to empower individuals to become effective advocates and well informed on behavioral issues and to provide individualized, mentoring and educational support specific to parents or caregivers who interface with youth.

Bureau of Family Health– The purpose of this contract is to ensure that all children and youth with special healthcare needs (CUCHCN) in Louisiana, as well as their families and healthcare providers, are aware of and are able to access supportive resources in their communities and the state. Many families require services across multiple systems including healthcare, early intervention, mental health, early care and education, and schools. Support from people who are familiar with local systems, state policies, and who have personal experience are an important part of any effective system of care. For more information, contact Melissa Harrison on our staff page.

EarlySteps– EarlySteps is Louisiana’s Early Intervention System for children with disabilities and developmental delays ages birth to three and their families. By providing resources and support during those critical years, EarlySteps helps children get off to a great start.

Early Steps Community Outreach Specialist– Works with Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities to serve infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families. For more information, contact Terrie Coombs on our staff page. Terrie Coombs Introduction

GUMBO – Games Uniting Mind and Body- A sports program for youth and adults with physical and visual disabilities. For more information contact, Pam Carey from our staff page or visit

LaCAN – Linking lawmakers, individuals with disabilities, and family members to make positive change in systems serving people with disabilities. The Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council’s mission is to lead and promote advocacy, capacity building and systemic change to improve the quality of life for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. For Home and Community Based Services or Education contact Kristen Reed.

Louisiana Department of Education– A project informing and assisting professionals and families to work together in the best interest of students with disabilities or special needs.  The educational staff at FHF is available to provide information, training and support regarding early intervention services, educational and transition into adulthood needs of children with disabilities, age birth to twenty-six. Knowledge is power. We strive to make information available to you about the many state and federal laws and regulations regarding education. We target three groups parents and family members of children with disabilities; children and young adults with disabilities; and professionals. For more information, contact Pam Carey on our staff page.

Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities– serves as the Single Point of Entry into the developmental disabilities service system. To apply for any of these services, contact your regional community service office or human services district/authority.  Home and Community Based Services- Medicaid home and community-based waiver programs allow people greater flexibility to choose where they want to live and to use services and supports that best suit their needs.  Each home and community-based waiver has specific service packages and eligibility requirements. For more information, contact Kristen Reed from our staff page.