Baton Rouge, La. (January 10, 2019) – The Louisiana Department of Health’s Office of Aging and Adult Services is seeking input from health care providers, the public and others as it develops strategies to reduce the waiting list for its Community Choices Waiver program and help people swiftly receive the care they need.

The office is holding meetings this month and in February to gather input from interested individuals on reducing the waitlist, which people currently spend more than eight years on and improving the program to provide better care and better health for more than 17,000 individuals awaiting services.

The Community Choices Waiver is one of the most widely-requested Medicaid services in the state, serving seniors and individuals ages 21 and older with adult-onset disabilities, and provides these individuals with a wide array of services including support coordination, nursing and skilled therapy assessments, in-home monitoring services, personal care, home modifications, home-delivered meals and caregiver respite.

“Through these services, our goal is to keep people in their home with dignity and independence, allowing these individuals to continue to live in the community,” said Tara LeBlanc, assistant secretary of the Office of Aging and Adult Services. “But waiting more than eight years to receive these services is too long, and that’s something that we want to change.”

All meetings are open to the public. Click here to learn more about the program.

Meetings will be held at the times and locations below:

 Date/Time/Location

Date/Time/Location

January 28, 2019, 6:30 pm 
Rosedale Library
4036 Jefferson Highway
Jefferson, LA 70121  

January 29, 2019, 1:30 pm 
East Jefferson Main Library 
Conference Room A and B 
4747 West Napoleon Avenue 
Metairie, LA 70001  

January 10, 2019, 1:30 pm 
Bienville Building Room 118 
628 N. 4th Street 
Baton Rouge, LA 70802 

 

January 22, 2019, 1:30 pm 
Terrebonne Parish Library- North Branch 4130 West Park Avenue 
Gray, LA 70359  

January 22, 2019, 6:30 pm 
Terrebonne Parish Library- North Branch 4130 West Park Avenue 
Gray, LA 70359 

January 10, 2019, 6:30 pm 
Lafayette Public Library-Main Library 2nd Floor Meeting Room 
301 West Congress Street 
Lafayette, LA 70501  

January 11, 2019, 1:30 pm 
Clifton Chenier Center - Town Hall Auditorium 
220 W. Willow Street 
Lafayette, LA 70501 

January 17, 2019, 6:30pm 
LSUA Student Union Ballroom 
195 Middleton Drive 
Alexandria, LA 71302  

January 18, 2019, 1:30 pm 
LSUA Student Union Ballroom 
195 Middleton Drive 
Alexandria, LA 71302  

February 4, 2019, 6:30 pm 
Willis Knighton Innovation Center 
2105 Airline Drive 
Bossier City, LA 71111  

February 5, 2019, 1:30 pm 
Willis Knighton Bossier Health Center Auditorium 2400 Hospital Drive 
Bossier City, LA 71111  

January 30, 2019, 6:30 pm 
St. Tammany Parish Library 
Causeway Branch
3457 Hwy. 190
Mandeville, LA 70448

January 31, 2019, 1:30 pm 
St. Tammany Parish Council Chambers 
21490 Koop Drive 
Mandeville, LA 70471