Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals | Kathy Kliebert, Secretary

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Announcing - Employment First Listening Sessions

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Employment First InitiativeThe Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD) launched the EMPLOYMENT FIRST INITIATIVE July 1, 2011 and over the next 5 years, will be working to align policies, procedures and services to support our goal of increasing individual employment in the community.

OCDD is hosting "Employment First Listening Sessions" in all regions around the state in order to gather input from individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (ID/DD), their families, support coordinators, providers, stakeholders and all those interested in moving Employment to the forefront in Louisiana!

During the "Listening Sessions", OCDD will be providing information on the foundation of the Employment First Initiative as well as sharing the successes of people with an ID/DD who are working in the community in typical jobs, earning a competitive wage, but mainly we want to hear ideas around increasing individual employment in the community.

Please join us at the "Listening Session" in your area and provide us with your input that will help guide the changes we make in order to increase the number of individuals employed in the community!

Please take a few minutes to take our Employment First Survey so we can better serve you and ensure your interest are represented! This survey takes less than 5 minutes of your time! Thanks in advacne for your input.




Region 1

December 14     (9:00a-5:00p)    

Goodwill Industries

3400 Tulane Ave.


Region 2

December 2       (3:00p-5:00p)

Capital Area Human Services District

4615 Government Street

Baton Rouge, LA

Region 3

October 27          (1:30p-3:30p)

Terrebonne Parish Library           

North Branch

4130 W. Park Ave.

Gray, LA

Region 4

November 30    (5:00p-7:00p)

Clifton Chenier Center                  

220 W. Willow 

Lafayette, LA

Region 5

October 18          (2:00p-4:00p)

Central School Arts and Humanities Center (room 106)

809 Kirby Street

Lake Charles, LA

Region 6

October 19          (3:00p-5:00p)

City of Pineville Community Services Center

708 Main Street

Pineville, LA 

Region 7

October 11          (1:00p-3:00p)

Womens' Center of Willis Knighten Hospital                           

2400 Hospital Drive                         

Bossier City, LA

Region 8

October 13          (9:30a-11:30a)

First Baptist Church, Monroe

Corner of North 4th and Stella St.

West Monroe, LA

Region 9

October 25          (2:00p-4:00p)

St. Tammany Parish Administration Complex

21490 Koop Road

Mandeville, LA

Region 10

December 15     (9:00a-5:00p)

Westbank Regional Library

2751 Manhatten Blvd.

Harvey, LA