The mission of the Office of Alcohol and Drug Abuse (OADA) is to enhance, provide, and ensure the highest quality treatment for alcohol, drug abuse and other addictive disorders, such as gambling, and prevention services to the citizens of Louisiana. Primary to this mission is the development and administration of clinical and programmatic expertise to improve the alcohol and drug treatment and prevention service delivery system in Louisiana.
The goals of the Office of Alcohol and Drug Abuse are:
1. Provide efficient and effective direction to the programs and services provided by the Office of Alcohol and Drug Abuse. This includes policy development and planning, management information system, clinical and programmatic development, and financial and human resources management.
2. Provide the highest quality of alcohol and drug abuse and gambling treatment which is clinically effective, delivered in the most efficient manner, and responsive to client’s needs.
3. Assist in the development and provision of research-based prevention programs throughout the state that support a comprehensive prevention system to reduce the use and abuse of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.
OADA provides prevention programs and strategies to the community level and a continuum of treatment modalities consisting of Detoxification, Primary Inpatient, Community-Based Residential and Outpatient services. These treatment modalities provide assessment, diagnosis and treatment of alcohol abuse, alcoholism, drug abuse, and drug addiction. In addition, the Office of Alcohol and Drug Abuse provides services in five special programs: Methadone, Pre-Release Criminal Justice Program (Blue Walters), Drug Courts, Compulsive Gambling, and DWI treatment. Federal funding mandates require that the OADA provide specialized services to pregnant women, women with dependent children, intravenous drug users and those infected with HIV. OADA is also responsible for coordinating the implementation of Employee Assistance Programs and maintaining statistics and other relevant information on alcohol, drug abuse and gambling.
OADA directly operates 27 full-time clinics, 23 outreach or part-time clinics, and seven residential facilities and four detoxification programs and one pre-release adult criminal justice program. In addition, OADA contracts for the operation of one Crisis Management Program, one Information and Referral Services Program, 20 Outpatient Programs, 16 Halfway Houses, 11 Residential Programs, eight Detoxification programs, one Outpatient Satellite (part-time) Clinic and, 44 Prevention Programs. OADA services are initiated through its single point of entry (outpatient/satellite clinics) according to clients’ treatment needs, irrespective of their parish of residence. This policy and statewide service network enhances client accessibility to services in the rural areas.
This agency's recommended appropriation does not include any funds for short-term debt.
In addition to the above recommended appropriation, $14,644 will be paid in Fiscal Year 1999-2000 for long-term debt incurred on behalf of this agency from the previous sale of bonds. Total long-term debt service payments for the state for Fiscal Year 1999-2000 are reflected in the Governor's Executive Budget Supporting Document in Non-Appropriated Requirements, Schedule 22-922.
This agency's recommended appropriation also includes the following amount by means of financing for payments on the unfunded accrued liability of the Louisiana State Employee's Retirement System in accordance with the provisions of Article X, Section 29 of the Constitution of Louisiana:
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