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New Opportunities Waiver-NOW

The New Opportunities Waiver (NOW) began in April 2003, replacing the Mentally Retarded and Developmentally Disabled Waiver (MRDD Waiver). The mission of the NOW is to utilize the principles of self-determination to supplement the family and/or community supports while supporting dignity, quality of life, and security in the everyday lives of people while maintaining the Recipient in the community. The NOW includes an array of services aimed at assisting people to live as independently as possible.

The NOW is only appropriate for those individuals whose health and welfare can be assured via an Individual Support Plan and for whom home and community-based waiver services represent a least restrictive treatment alternative. The NOW is intended to provide specific, activity focused services rather than continuous custodial care.

To qualify for NOW, a person must:   
  • Be three years of age or older
  • Have a developmental disability, according to the Louisiana definition for DD, which manifested prior to age 22.
  • Meet the ICF/DD level of care

Region 2 – Greater Baton Rouge Area and West Baton Rouge Area
Region 9- Livingston Parish Area

To read more about the New Opportunities Waiver and apply, click here.