The Louisiana Department of Health - Office of Behavioral Health will host a series of 10 forums aimed at educating the public about the addictive disorders programs offered in their communities. These informational sessions begin Wednesday, June 13 in Pineville and Lafayette, and wrap up two weeks later in Gray.

The annual public forums are designed as a way for the community to interact with local addiction services providers. The events allow providers a chance to showcase their services, and serve as an opportunity for the public to share their concerns about the needs of their communities.

"These forums are a great opportunity for our staff to go out across the state to get an understanding of the needs and concerns of the citizens," said Anthony Speier, Ph.D., assistant secretary for the Office of Behavioral Health. "We want to understand their concerns and make them aware of the treatment and prevention programs and services available in their communities."

The 10 community forums will take place on the following dates, and at these locations:

Wednesday, June 13, 2012
OBH Region 6
Central La.
9 - 11 a.m.
8:00 a.m. breakfast 
Pineville Community Center
708 Main Street
Pineville, LA  71360


Wednesday, June 13, 2012
OBH Region 4
3 - 5 p.m.      
Clifton Chenier Center
220 B Willow Street
Lafayette, LA  70501 

Friday, June 15, 2012
OBH Region 5
Southwest La.
10 a.m. - noon
Lake Charles Civic Center
900 Lake Shore Drive
Lake Charles, LA 70601

Monday, June 18, 2012
Metropolitan Human Services District
6 - 8 p.m.        
Nunez Community College
3710 Paris Road
Chalmette, LA 70043 

Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Florida Parishes Human Services Authority
9 - 11 a.m.
Suite B
The Edson Facility
835 Pride Drive
Hammond, LA 70401


Thursday, June 21, 2012
Capitol Area Human Services District
9:30 - 11:30 a.m.      
State Archives Building
3851 Essen Lane
Baton Rouge, LA  70809

Thursday, June 21, 2012
OBH Region 7
Northwest La.
noon - 2 p.m.  
Brentwood Hospital Gymnasium
1006 Highland Avenue
Shreveport, LA  71101 

Friday, June 22, 2012
OBH Region 8
Northeast La.
9 - 11 a.m.    
Ouachita Parish Health Unit  
Public Health Community Room
1650 Desiard Street
Monroe, LA 71201


Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Jefferson Parish Human Services Authority
6 - 8 p.m.
East Jefferson Facility
3616 South I-10 Service Road
Metairie, LA  70001 

Wednesday, June 27, 2012
South Central Louisiana Human Services District
10 a.m. - noon
Terrebonne Library
North Branch
4130 West Park Avenue
Gray, LA  70359 




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