The Department of Health and Hospitals' Office for Addictive Disorders will host a community meeting about the Access to Recovery Grant Friday, October 8 from 9:30-11:00 a.m. at the West Shreveport Library on Pines Road.  Potential providers such as faith and community-based caregivers are welcomed and encouraged to participate in this community meeting.  At the meeting, representatives of the Louisiana Office for Addictive Disorders will provide an overview of the electronic voucher system, discuss, and seek community input regarding a pricing structure for treatment and recovery support services (i.e., transportation, housing, job readiness training, and child care).

In August 2004, Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco announced the award of a national Access to Recovery (ATR) grant to the Department of Health and Hospitals— Office for Addictive Disorders.  This grant will expand the capacity to treat addiction in Louisiana.  The grant, funded through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), will pay $22.8 million over the next three years to achieve three major goals in Louisiana: expand capacity to serve more clients through existing treatment options; expand faith-based treatment options throughout Louisiana; and allow individuals seeking treatment a freedom of choice as to where they receive those services through the creation of an electronic voucher system.  The grant targets women, pregnant women or women with dependent children, and adolescents.  The initial programs resulting from the grant will focus on the New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Shreveport and Alexandria areas.  For more information, contact the Office for Addictive Disorders, Access to Recovery Section, at 225-342-1075.