Louisiana Rehabilitation Services (LRS) assists persons with disabilities in their desire to obtain, maintain or advance in competitive integrated employment and achieve independence in their communities by providing rehabilitation services and working cooperatively with business and other community resources.
Provides both vocational rehabilitation and independent living services to eligible individuals who are blind or visually impaired.
Independent Living Program
The Independent Living program allows individuals to have the option to choose to live or remain in their home or community setting, with emphasis on community based supports and services. This includes such services as information and referral sources, independent living skills training, peer support, system and individual advocacy, and other independent living services.
Louisiana Rehabilitation Council - works with LRS to ensure the involvement of individuals with disabilities in the development and delivery of vocational rehabilitation services to Louisianans with disabilities.
Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Provides comprehensive rehabilitation services that go far beyond those found in routine job training programs. This frequently includes work evaluation and job readiness services; assessment for and provision of assistive technology, such as customized computer interfaces for persons with physical or sensory disabilities; job counseling services, and medical and therapeutic services.
Employer Services - offer a cost-effective alternative to advertising for job candidates and can save employers time and money. LRS offers placement services for job ready individuals to help employers achieve their goals.
The following programs were transferred from Louisiana Rehabilitation Service to the Department of Health and Hospitals effective July 2010.
Louisiana Commission for the Deaf
Insures that Louisiana's public and private services are accessible to deaf, deaf-blind, hard of hearing, and speech impaired citizens.
The Disability Determinations Services (DDS) program operates under the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), formally the Department of Social Services.
Disability Determinations Services (DDS)
This is the state agency responsible for determining if individuals are disabled within the Title II/XVI requirements. The Social Security Act provides benefits to disabled individuals under Title II (Disability Insurance Benefits) and Title XVI (Supplemental Security Income). All disability benefits, as well as the administrative costs of operating the DDS Program, are 100% federally funded.