Getting Started

Confused about how to begin accessing STARC’s services? We make it easy.
And if you don’t see the answer you need below, we’re available to answer questions at (985) 641-0197, ext. 117, and right here.

Early Steps

Early Steps provides services to families with infants and toddlers from birth to 36 months of age who have a medical condition likely to result in a cognitive, motor, vision, hearing, communication, social-emotional and/or adaptive developmental delay(s), or who have already been diagnosed with one or more developmental delays. Early Steps services are designed to improve a family’s capacity to enhance a child’s development. These services are provided in the child’s natural environment, such as the child’s home, childcare or any other community setting typical for children from birth to 36 months of age.

 985-429-1252 | 1-866-640-0238

Adult Day Programs

STARC Adult Day Programs assist individuals in acquiring and retaining skills needed for independence, recreation and interpersonal proficiencies. Individuals must be 18 years of age or older and have a developmental and/or intellectual disability diagnosis. Individuals must have funding for services that can include waiver, contractual and private pay.

 985-641-0197, ext. 115

Waiver 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. Services provided must represent a least-restrictive treatment alternative. Each home and community-based waiver has specific service packages and eligibility requirements. Waiver opportunities are dependent upon funding and are offered on a first-come, first served basis through the Request for Services Registry.

To learn more about the home and community-based waiver services that the Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities offers (Children’s Choice, New Opportunities, Residential Options, and Supports), click here.

 985-429-1252 | 1-866-640-0238

Residential Services

Residential community homes provide opportunities for individuals to live in a family-style home in a typical neighborhood. Trained staff members provide care and support for activities of daily living, socialization, community access and health care coordination and services. Individuals must be age 16 or older and have a primary diagnosis of developmental and/or intellectual disability.

 985-641-0197, ext. 117

* An individual not yet certified for Medicaid will need to contact Florida Parishes Human Services Authority office for certification.


STARC provides information and referral to individuals currently receiving services and supports and to those seeking services.

STARC strives to provide the most current and comprehensive access to information. We partner with many community and state agencies to ensure individuals and families receive the highest quality and most efficient level of support.

Listed below are some of STARC’s partnerships:

  • Louisiana Alliance of Independent Providers: 985-641-0197
  • Northshore Community Foundation: 985-893-8757
  • Florida Parishes Human Services Authority: 985-871-8300
  • United Way: 985-875-302
  • Families Growing Together: 985-641-0197
  • CARSA: 225-343-8811
  • Employment Development Services: 800-927-1610
  • Department of Health and Hospitals/NISH/AbilityOne: 571-226-4660
  • Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities:1-866-783-5553
  • Louisiana Rehabilitation Services: 225-342-3111

As always, STARC welcomes the opportunity to explore new partnerships.