In 2014 Mike Reynolds, president of the Community and Residential Services Association (CARSA), initiated meetings with the presidents of the Alliance of Independent Providers, and the Louisiana Home and Community-Based Service Provider Association to discussion common goals and the power of all three associations joining forces to become one association. A Transition Board, comprised of representatives from all three associations met over a 6-month period to explore the pros and cons of joining as one association. The decision was made to join forces and the Transition Board developed the plan for establishing a new association. Three principles were identified as the plan moved forward.
Principle 1: A new association would be established, and its name would be The Community Provider Association.
Principle 2: The new association must be a member-driven association.
Principle 3: The initial leadership of The Community Provider Association would be comprised of representatives from the three previous associations.
The Community Provider Association became legal on December 16, 2014.