Referral Support

One of the most daunting tasks facing a family caring for a child with developmental disabilities is providing for the child’s medical and dental care. All too often, these families are forced to navigate the murky waters of finding a provider, ensuring that insurance will cover the services, and transporting the child to and from appointments, as well as providing the at-home care after the follow-up.

At St. Mary’s, we do this 24-hours a day, 7 days a week for all of our residents. With a team of interdisciplinary professionals, including transportation drivers, billing specialists, and nurses, we can ensure your child receives almost all of their routine healthcare needs. In fact, with our 24-hour clinic, a child may never even have to leave our campus. 

St. Mary’s is dedicated to their mission by providing evidence-based, comprehensive and individualized programs and services that promote personal growth, independence and social skills in an environment that is filled with loving care and respect.

Each resident is assessed by an Occupational Therapist, Speech-Language Pathologist, Physical Therapist, and Registered Dietician who recommend individualized treatment plans based on their direct observations. In addition, St. Mary’s has Board Certified Behavior Analysts licensed to practice in Louisiana on staff to develop programs to manage problem behavior and support skill acquisition.

Physicians and other clinicians are encouraged to view our videos, especially our Parent/Guardian Admission video, which gives insight as to what it is like to be a parent of a child at St. Mary's.


“I receive many phone calls from families seeking out of home resources for their children. I am very grateful to have an excellent facility such as St. Mary’s to share with them. Not only does St. Mary’s specialize in providing services for children with autism, they are able to do this with quality and with caring.” Judy Roge', LMSW

“I trust St. Mary's with the care of my son. I believe that the administration and staff does their best that is possible for the care of all our children. I, myself, have been in denial at times about what was best for Michael. With tender loving care, I have been guided in the right direction. Without St. Mary's and its dedicated employees I don't know what I would have done. Because of your help, I have been able to help others. Please know that I am truly grateful for each and every person that has impacted Michael's life and mine.” – Elizabeth Welch, mother of Michael


Heart to Heart

“I have seen the development and growth of many individuals at St. Mary’s and am impressed with their unique ability to manage the needs of the developmentally disabled.” Dr. Robert Culpepper, MD

“When all other resources were exhausted, my wife and I turned to St. Mary’s for the care of our two profoundly autistic sons. Rather than surrendering them to St. Mary’s, we in fact found a partner to join with us in their development and growth. For sixteen years they have loved and cared for our boys, with the result being two happy young men who have purpose in their life.” – Merrill Wautlet, father