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.


  • To promote optimal funding, program integrity and public policy, enabling its members to deliver quality services to people with disabilities in all community based service models.
  • To encourage and promote the professional growth of community providers including the promotion of the highest standards of quality and ethics.
  • To provide a vehicle and forum for the unified expression of opinions and positions by community providers.
  • To provide current and relevant information to its member agencies.

    Community Provider Association is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization. P.O. Box 82972, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70804-82972

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