Jun 2012

End of Fiscal Year 2012 Update

The legislative session finally came to a close. Being a contract provider as part of the Louisiana Behavior Health Partnership our agency was on pins and needles for a while. It appeared that the House was determined not to use one time funds and the prospects for additional budget cuts would have likely impacted the services we provide dramatically. Cooler heads eventually prevailed and fortunately at this point it seems that services will continue.

It is with sadness that we have to announce the closing our outpatient facility in Jena (LaSalle Addictive Disorders Clinic). We have simply not gotten the community support in that area. It was once a busy clinic and in fact it was a full time clinic. In the last few years we operated it as a part-time facility. However, it became clear to us over the last 6 months that the legal system in this Parish simply was not going to support our mission as previous district court judges had in the past. Our attempts to let them know our concerns just went unheeded and at last we had to make a decision. Our last day for services in this facility will May 26, 2012.

We have not forgotten about those that maybe in need of our services in LaSalle Parish. Services to LaSalle Parish will just be provided by the Jonesville Addictive Disorders Clinic or by the Winn Addictive Disorders Clinic depending on you maybe located within the parish.
Jonesville ADC (318) 339-6203 or Winn ADC (318) 648-0018

We have recently moved our Avoyelles Additive Disorders Clinic, along with the Avoyelles Gambling Recovery and 12th JDC Drug Court into a single larger facility. This facility will allow us to grow and add additional services as we move forward.

The new Avoyelles facility is located at 114 N. Main St, Marksville, La 71351. The phone remains the same for Avoyelles ADC, but is different for Avoyelles Gambling Recovery and 12th JDC Drug Court @ (318) 253-5645 (please make a note)

The Vernon Additive Disorders Clinic is moving into a new facility. We are currently housed in the old historic courthouse, which Vernon Parish plans to turn into a museum. We have worked closely with the Vernon Parish Policy Jury who has provided us a newer more modern facility. Even though we’ll be paying more in rent, the Vernon Policy Jury will graciously continue to pay all utilities. We appreciate them continuing to support and work with us to provide the much needed services to Vernon Parish.

The new location for the Vernon ADC : 408 West Fertitta Blvd (Suite E), Leesville, La 71446. Phone: (337) 239-2946.

If all goes well we plan to be open in the new location on July 2, 2012.

Our agency continues to work with DHH/OBH with a transition plan for the closure of Central State Hospital which will impact several of our programs. It appears that we will have about 24 months to transition off the grounds into another facility. This will be a daunting task as finding a facility that can house 60 plus halfway house beds and 16 adolescent residential beds will be a tall order. However, we are working to do just that.

This is all the news we have for now.