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The Community Provider Association is a member-driven association dedicated to providing leadership and support to agencies serving individuals with disabilities through community-based programs. Our goal is to be regarded as a valuable resource to our members and the disability community at large. The association provides a forum through which its members can:

  • Influence state policies and regulations
  • Obtain information needed to remain competitive 
  • Participate in professional development opportunities
  • Network with others in the field
  • Have access to problem solving resources
  • Save money


  • 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.


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.


Community Provider Association is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization. P.O. Box 82972, Baton Rouge, LA 70884

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