CAHS offices will be closed July 4-5, 2024, in observance of the 4th of July Holiday

Welcome and Info

A Message from the Executive Director

Dr. Janzlean LaughinghouseIt is with great pleasure that I welcome you to our website, created to provide information about important available mental health, addictive disorders, prevention, and developmental disabilities services in the Capital Area region. Whether you are a consumer, caregiver or professional seeking resources, we hope this user-friendly tool will help guide you to more readily accessible important information.

Capital Area Human Services serves the seven parishes of Ascension, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Pointe Coupee,   West Baton Rouge, and West Feliciana. As you explore this site, you will be able to find out specific services offered, hours of operation and telephone numbers in order to directly contact the provider in or near your community.

Our staff is committed to the Agency’s mission to deliver caring and responsive services, leading to a better tomorrow.  It is with this mission in mind that we encourage you to call on us to help you, a family member, friend or client.

Because our Board of Directors and staff hold fast to the belief that services should be equitable across our seven parishes, our services are available in rural as well as urban settings. We rely on you to let us know how to serve your community. I invite you to give our team input to help guide us in developing services where those in need of mental health, addictive disorders, prevention, and/or developmental disabilities services might comfortably and confidentially work towards a better quality of life.

I hope this website proves helpful to you, and I welcome your input and suggestions.

Jan Laughinghouse, PhD, LCSW-BACS, LAC
Executive Director


Capital Area Human Services was established by the Louisiana Legislature in 1996 and was enacted in 1997 to operate and manage the publicly funded, community-based programs and services for mental health, addictive disorders, developmental disabilities, and co-occurring disorders in the parishes of Ascension, East and West Baton Rouge, East and West Feliciana, Iberville, and Pointe Coupee.

Vision, Mission, Philosophy


We excel at making lives better.


To deliver caring and responsive services, leading to a better tomorrow.


Capital Area Human Services (CAHS) commits to the philosophy that all individuals are valuable members of the community. We exist to help each person(s) served live productively in the location and environment of their choosing and abilities. Our staff works as a unified team to provide services and supports that help person(s) served succeed  in work, school, life, and other endeavors they pursue.

CAHS is proud of its Three-Year CARF Accreditation for the following programs:  

Outpatient Treatment: Mental Health (Adults)
Outpatient Treatment: Mental Health (Children/Adolescents)
Outpatient Treatment: Substance Use Disorders/Addictions (Adults)
Outpatient Treatment: Substance Use Disorders/Addictions (Children and Adolescents)
Residential Treatment: Substance Use Disorders/Addictions (Adults)