Parent/Guardian Support

Every parent recognizes that each of their children has a unique personality, which brings with it a variety of hopes, dreams and desires. Each child also has special needs. This is especially true of children with developmental disabilities. At St. Mary's, we recognize individuality and build programs designed to help each child realize his/her potential. Our Program Managers develop and coordinate training programs to teach skills which are vital to our children and young adults’ future independence.

Our comprehensive array of services and activities provides a quality of life that enhances the growth and development of each person. At St. Mary’s, we believe that all of our children and young adults, whatever their developmental disability, have a right to love, security, and happiness.

Parents, guardians, and family members are encouraged to follow us on social media, to stay up to date with upcoming events, learn more about our campus and activities, and see pictures and videos of our residents (your child could be introduced to our fans next!). Links to our social media pages can be found at the top right hand side of our website.


The children at St. Mary’s reside in either dormitory or group home settings and receive individualized care. Each resident has an Individual Program Plan developed by the Interdisciplinary Team, detailing their strengths and needs and outlining goals and objectives which when achieved, will allow the individual to function more independently.

Day Programming for residents include:

  • St. Mary’s Applied Behavior Analysis Learning Center
  • St. Mary's Day Programs
  • St. Mary's Work Program
  • Rapides Parish School Board

Evaluations are conducted by:

  • Speech Pathologist
  • Dietician
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physical Therapist

Residents have access to:

  • Nurses in a 24 hour campus clinic
  • Medical services in the community


When you bring your child to St. Mary’s we know that you’re entrusting your hopes and dreams to our care. We want you to know that we will do our very best for your child. Parents seek admission for their child when they feel like they lack the resources to provide for their child’s needs in terms of structure and supervision in the home, education, and training in self-care, leisure, and social skills.

Admission is offered based on St. Mary’s ability to meet the needs of the applicant.

Applicants for admission to St. Mary’s must be developmentally disabled. Applicants are admitted and provided care and training without regard to race, creed, color, religion, or national origin. St. Mary’s is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, which provides these services at no cost to the family.

There are several important steps to St. Mary’s application process:

1. Schedule a tour!

2. Request and complete an application for admission.

3. Our Admissions Committee will review the completed application.

4. If the Admissions committee would like more information, a predetermination meeting is held with the possible admit and his/her guardian.

5. Our Admissions Committee will meet and notify the guardian of their decision.


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