Lutheran Services in America Disability Network
A national network of faith-based providers supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities
What is LSA-DN? Lutheran Services in America Disability Network (LSA-DN) is a nationwide association of Lutheran social ministry organizations, faith-based organizations and Lutheran professionals supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and related conditions. LSA-DN includes 25 members that provide support to more than 68,000 individuals in 32 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
For more information, contact LSA-DN convener Toni McNeal, CFO of KenCrest Centers.
What we believe
Enduring values: founded in faith Our roots are Lutheran with a strong emphasis on Gospel witnessthrough service to God's people regardless of religion, race, gender or creed. Our members are well-established in their respective communities, tied to neighborhood congregations and have met local needs for more than a century.
National scope: local service Together, we reach across the country to share successes. Individually, we offer local and personal services within our communities.
Breadth of services Our members share expertise in developing and providing high-quality, person-centered support, including rehabilitation services, work programs, residential services, respite care and independent living. We respect the rights of those we support.
Community boards of directors Members are accountable to volunteer board members not stockholders who work to ensure the members meet individual and community needs.
A mutually supporting partnership Our members have established partnerships with one another to link resources and skills in order to better serve our communities and constituents.
Reinvested in mission Our members invest surplus revenue in service. We are not driven by profit but by mission to meet the health, spiritual, intellectual and emotional needs of those we support.
Our Organizational Members
LSA-DN is a network associated with Lutheran Services in America (LSA). LSA is an alliance of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, and their affiliated and recognized social ministry organizations. Together, the social ministry organizations of LSA serve more than 6 million people each year.
Interested in joining LSA-DN? We have recently expanded our membership categories! LSA-DN encourages Lutheran social ministry organizations supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, faith-based organizations supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and Lutheran professionals working in the field to join the network. Check out the Become a Member section for more information.
Want to learn more about our advocacy efforts? LSA-DN continues to advocate at the federal and state levels for person-centered Medicaid and overall improved long-term services and supports for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Click on our Policy and Advocacy section to read our policy priorities and other updates. For more information take a look at LSA-DN's faith-based approach to Medicaid reform. Questions? Contact Sarah Meek, LSA-DN Director of Public Policy and Advocacy.