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June 2021
Congratulations, Graduates!
Congratulations to 5-year-old twins Ki and Lily Theriot who are graduating from CAHS’ ASCEND program to attend kindergarten this fall. ASCEND (Accelerated Supports for a Child’s Evolving Neurodevelopment) prepares young children with autism for school and life by teaching them how to communicate, socialize, play, and learn academically. “The Twins,” as Lily and Ki are affectionately known, began attending ASCEND when they were 2. Click below to read about their remarkable progress and journey. 
"Listening Tour" yields action steps
Last month, CAHS Executive Director Jan Laughinghouse, PhD, LCSW-BACS, LAC, and Deputy Director Shaketha Carter held 26 meetings with CAHS employees to explore ideas about how to fulfill CAHS' mission and vision of providing caring and responsive services in excellent ways. The "Listening Tour" resulted in recommendations that are being reviewed and addressed by project teams, comprised of employees in every discipline. Stay tuned for more updates.
CAHS welcomes Latraiel Courtney
Latraiel Courtney, MHA, has been named as CAHS' new Prevention Division Director (previously held by Vivian Gettys, RN, MPH, who retired last month). Courtney majored in biology at Xavier University and earned a Master of Healthcare Administration from Franciscan University. She previously served as Chronic Disease Grant Manager at the Louisiana Department of Health where she created an initiative to improve the quality and efficiency of primary care. 
Testimony: "I knew I needed help ..."
William Johnson lost his job because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and his family's world was turned upside down. But, he sought counseling that helped him get back on track. Watch Johnson's compelling testimony and learn about CAHS' Louisiana Spirit program that offers free help for individuals and families that have been affected by the pandemic.
Trauma and COVID-19 on "The Area"
CAHS Executive Director Jan Laughinghouse, PhD, LCSW-BACS, LAC, talks about trauma and COVID-19 on this edition of "The Area." Dr. Laughinghouse's guest is Sherrard Crespo, LMSW, Outreach and Traumatic Loss Coordinator at VIA LINK, a nonprofit organization that provides information, referrals, training, counseling, and crisis intervention statewide. 
What is Opioid Use Disorder? 
Joi Plain, LCSW, of CAHS' Addiction Recovery Services, talks about opioid addiction (Opioid Use Disorder) and treatment options that range from inpatient to intensive outpatient care. Plain's informative video is part of CAHS' effort to raise public awareness about the highly addictive nature of opioids and their threat to individuals, families, and the community. The awareness campaign continues through June on TV, radio, and social media.
Earn CEUs through CAHS' trainings
Earn CEUs this month as CAHS Training Director John Nosacka, LCSW-BACS, MSHCM, conducts virtual training sessions on important topics. Click on the titles below for more information and to register now.
"Motivational Interviewing," June 2*
"Assessing for Substance Use Disorders," June 9*
* Free for CAHS employees; $10 for non-CAHS attendees.
Medication safety for seniors
CAHS continues its partnership with the East Baton Rouge Council on Aging and the Louisiana Department of Health - Office of Public Health to distribute medication safety materials to seniors. Resource packets that include medication-safety brochures, medication disposal pouches, and refrigerator magnets with contact information for CAHS and other agencies are being distributed in our area.
Quick guide to CAHS' locations
Our clinics in North Baton Rouge, Mid City, and Ascension Parish are designed to better serve you. We also offer teletherapy in your home. Click here to see our locations, and click on the blue button for maps, services, and more info.
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About Us
Capital Area Human Services is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and serves the parishes of Ascension, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Pointe Coupee, West Baton Rouge, and West Feliciana.

Administrative Office: 7389 Florida Boulevard, Suite 100A, Baton Rouge, LA 70806
Mail to: P.O. Box 66558, Baton Rouge, LA 70896
Phone: (225) 922-2700 | (866) 628-2133
Leadership: Jan Laughinghouse, PhD, LCSW-BACS, LAC, Executive Director

Outpatient Treatment: Alcohol and Other Drugs/Addictions (Adults)
Outpatient Treatment: Alcohol and Other Drugs/Addictions (Children and Adolescents)
Outpatient Treatment: Mental Health (Adults)
Outpatient Treatment: Mental Health (Children and Adolescents)
Residential Treatment: Alcohol and Other Drugs/Addictions (Adults)

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