Louisiana State Laws, Policies and Funding
RH terminology used by the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH)
“Oxford House is a self-run, self-supported recovery house program for individuals recovering from alcoholism and drug addiction. Oxford Houses assure an alcohol- and drug-free living environment. Oxford House describes a democratically run, self-supporting and drug-free home environment. The number of residents in a house may range from six to 11; there are houses for men, houses for women, and houses that accept women with children. This community-based approach represents a remarkably effective and low-cost method of preventing relapse.”
“Sober living houses or recovery homes are facilities used by people recovering from a SUD that serve as an interim environment between treatment in a residential facility (rehab) and mainstream society. Sober living homes grew out of a need to have safe and supportive places in which people could live while they were vulnerable in early recovery. They are primarily meant to provide housing for people who have just come out of recovery centers and need a place to live that is structured and supporting for those in recovery.”
Accreditation, Certification, and State Licensing Requirement: No state requirement.
RH Law(s): None/unknown
RH Legislation: None/unknown
SABG Program: The “Planned Priority Areas” documents for your state’s Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant (SABG) program and Community Mental Health Services Block Grant (MHBG) program do not specifically mention recovery housing as a priority, nor do they list recovery support services as an allowable activity. To learn more about specific recovery housing activities that are eligible for funding through these grant programs, please reach out to your state’s Single State Agency (SSA) that’s responsible for administering these funds by visiting https://ldh.la.gov/
SOR Program: Your state’s Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) has previously funded recovery activities using State Opioid Response (SOR) funds. To learn more about specific recovery housing activities that are eligible for funding through this grant program, please reach out to your state’s Single State Agency (SSA) that’s responsible for administering these funds by visiting https://ldh.la.gov/ https://ldh.la.gov/
Medicaid Funding: Nothing in the state Medicaid plan suggests direct support for RH, however, certain covered activities could evolve to be provided in RH settings include counseling, case management, and peer support.
Housing Assistance Funding: https://www.lhc.la.gov/
Greater New Orleans Foundation
The Greater New Orleans Foundation began as the Community Chest in 1924. In 1983, the organization became a community foundation. The Foundation’s mission is to support the communities of the Greater New Orleans area and help create sustainable philanthropy and leadership.
Regions: The Greater New Orleans Foundation serves the 13 parishes surrounding New Orleans, including the rural parishes of Assumption and Washington.
Issues Supported: Program areas that the Foundation supports include economic opportunity, civic leadership, environment, nonprofit leadership and effectiveness, and workforce. Education, human services, and health are the top three areas receiving the most foundation dollars.
Grant Process and Application: The Foundation website provides information about open and upcoming grant opportunities. Grant application deadlines vary and are often on a rolling basis.
Grant-Making Per Year: In FY 2018, the Foundation provided grants in the amount of $26 million.
Recovery and Supportive Housing Grantee Example: The Greater New Orleans Foundation has supported the Bridge House, located in New Orleans. This treatment center offers both treatment programs as well as transitional housing to help individuals struggling with substance use disorders to develop independent living skills and maintain sobriety.
Louisiana Opioid Settlement Funds
Total Settlement Funds in Louisiana
- $325 million
- 80% to local governments
- 20% to support Sheriffs
- Funds from three distributors will be paid over 18 years
- Funds from Johnson & Johnson will be paid over 9 years
- $18 million in payments per year
- Not established
Spending So Far
- Office of the Attorney General Jeff Landry, 225-326-6757
How About Your County?
To get a quick overview of the resources available in your county, including gaps that may need to be addressed, visit the Recovery Ecosystem Index Map developed through a partnership between the Fletcher Group Rural Center of Excellence, the NORC Walsh Center at the University of Chicago, and East Tennessee State University.
Need More Info?
A year in the making by a staff of ten, the Fletcher Group’s 82-page Recovery Housing Landscape Report provides an in-depth overview of the most recent laws, policies, and funding affecting recovery housing. You’ll find sections devoted to state laws, SAMHSA funding, Medicaid, corrections, and housing assistance plus numerous links to valuable resources and official documents. To see the complete downloadable report, click the image to the left.
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