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VIDEO: CAHS “drives into recovery” in Baton Rouge

July 17, 2023

Click here to check out the great video, produced by Tembi Muna, that chronicles this important CAHS initiative and community outreach. Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to CAHS’ YouTube channel!

(L-r) CAHS Executive Director Dr. Jan Laughinghouse, CAHS Prevention Coordinator Alicia Richbourg, Councilman Darryl Hurst, and CAHS Prevention Coordinator Dawn Collins.

CAHS hosted another “Driving Into Recovery” event in Baton Rouge, on July 15 at Evangeline Street Park, in partnership with the offices of Councilman Darryl Hurst, Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome, and the Baton Rouge Recreation and Parks Commission (BREC).

The CAHS Prevention Team produced the event as part of its second round of Driving Into Recovery events in CAHS’ seven-parish region. The next event is being scheduled for Donaldsonville (details to be announced soon). The initiative is designed to raise awareness about substance misuse, addiction recovery, and available community resources.

“We were glad to sponsor food boxes for community members in need, and we had an opportunity to educate event participants about civic engagement, including voter registration,” said Kaitlyn Joshua, Community Organizer with Power Coalition, one of the event sponsors. “Capital Area Human Services has done a great job delivering a wealth of community resources, in addition to their much needed mental health and addiction recovery services.”

Judge Don Johnson with CAHS Prevention Coordinator Alicia Richbourg.

CAHS was joined by more than 20 community vendors that provided food boxes, children’s diapers, and resources for physical health and wellness. The CAHS team also distributed 64 kits of Narcan, the opioid overdose-reversal medication.

We appreciate the following for their sponsorships:

  • Councilman Darryl Hurst
  • Power Coalition for Equity and Justice
  • Healthy Blue
  • Priority Care
  • Office of Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome
  • BREC
  • Judge Don Johnson
  • Tasmin Mitchell

The Driving Into Recovery Initiative, which began in 2021, has also been held in Baker, Donaldsonville, Plaquemine, Port Allen, New Roads, St. Francisville, and Clinton.

A great and mighty team of sponsors, vendors, and mental health advocates participated in CAHS’ Driving Into Recovery event, July 15, at Baton Rouge’s Evangeline Street Park.