The Advocacy Center is Louisiana's protection and advocacy system. Federal law requires that a protection and advocacy system operate in every state to protect the rights of persons with mental or physical disabilities. The Advocacy Center serves people with disabilities across Louisiana.
With four offices in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Shreveport, and Lafayette, the Advocacy Center provides information, and referral, and possibly legal representation, on legal issues relating to disability, including: special education, legal status, public benefits, community integration, institutional rights, employment and rehabilitation, and abuse/neglect. The Advocacy Center also provides legal services for problems relating to nursing homes and legal and ombudsman services for individuals living in group homes, psychiatric hospital and child residential facilities.