Statewide Resources


Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections

Louisiana Workforce Commission

Office of Workforce Development
1001 North 23rd Street
Post Office Box 94094
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9094
Fax: (225) 342-7960 or

HiRE has replaced One Stop Centers in Louisiana. To download a HiRE user’s guide:

Unemployment Compensation

Provides eligible individuals with temporary, partial wage replacement so they can meet their basic financial needs while looking for a new job. In order to be eligible for benefits, jobless workers must demonstrate that they have worked, usually measured by amount of wages and/or weeks of work, and must be able and available for work. This means that unless you were employed in the year before you apply for benefits, you will not be eligible for unemployment insurance. No unemployment benefits are payable for any month that you are in jail or prison.

Louisiana Vital Records / State Registrar & Vital Records

Louisiana Center for Records and Statistics
Office of Public Health
Vital Records Registry
P.O. Box 60630
New Orleans, LA 70160
Customer Service Hotline: 504.593.5100
Fax: 504.568.8716

Obtain certified copies of:

  • Birth Certificate (long form--$15.50; short form--$9.50)
  • Death Certificate ($7.50)
  • Marriage ($5.50, Orleans Parish only)  

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ACLU of Louisiana

P.O. Box 56157
New Orleans, LA 70156
504-522-0617 or toll free 866.522.0617

Over our nearly sixty-year history, the ACLU of Louisiana has been at the forefront of the fight to preserve the civil liberties of all Louisianians. We have continued in our mission, fighting for the First Amendment, for racial justice, and for due process and privacy rights. We have defended the rights of women, prisoners, LGBT people, immigrants, and others whose rights have been at risk. Our work has covered the entire gamut of civil liberties, and has taken us all over the state and to the U.S. Supreme Court. It has been said that the fight for civil liberties never stays won; as cynical as that may sound, the ACLU of Louisiana remains confident that we—and justice—will prevail.

Attorney General’s Office

James D. “Buddy” Caldwell
1885 N. Third Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

MAIL: P.O. Box 94005
Baton Rouge, LA 70804

Board of Pardons and Parole

Phone: 225-342-5421
Fax: 225-342-2289

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 94304
Baton Rouge, LA 70804

Physical Address:
504 Mayflower St.
Building 6
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Department of Corrections

Mr. Rhett Covington
Deputy Asst. Secretary/Reentry
Phone: 225-342-6942
Fax: 225-342-3349

Community Resource map

Transitional work program:
Certain eligible offenders may enter a traditional transitional work program (formerly work release) from one (1) year to three (3) years prior to release from incarceration, depending on the offense of conviction. Offenders who are approved for transitional work programs are required to work at an approved job and, when not working, they must return to the structured environment of the assigned facility.

Innocence Project New Orleans

Case Review Manager
Innocence Project New Orleans
4051 Ulloa Street, New Orleans, LA 70119

In Louisiana and Mississippi, the two states with the highest incarceration rates in the world, Innocence Project New Orleans frees innocent prisoners, exposes injustice and prevents wrongful convictions.

Innocence Project New Orleans (IPNO) is a nonprofit law office that represents innocent prisoners serving life sentences in Louisiana and Mississippi, and assists them with their transition into the free world upon their release. IPNO uses its cases to explain how wrongful convictions happen and what we can all do to prevent them. IPNO works with legislators, judges, lawyers, law enforcement and policymakers to protect the innocent within the criminal justice system.

The Project currently only takes cases from Louisiana and south Mississippi. The Project only accepts application requests directly from prisoners and only by mail at the address provided. To request an application, a prisoner should contact the Project by mail (no email or telephone).

Innocence Compensation Program

Toni Zito
(225) 342-1701

Act No. 486 of the 2005 Regular Session of the Legislature established the Innocence Compensation Fund as part of a new state policy through which persons who have suffered the experience of being wrongfully incarcerated would receive compensation from the state for the loss of life opportunities resulting from the time spent incarcerated.

The policy was established to provide funds to these persons to help pay for the costs of job-skills training, necessary medical and counseling services, and tuition and fees at a state institution of higher education.

Safe Streets/Strong Communities

(504) 522-3949

Safe Streets/Strong Communities is a community-based organization that campaigns for a new criminal justice system in New Orleans, one that creates safe streets and strong communities for everyone, regardless of race or economic status.

Louisiana State Police Public Safety Services

Bureau of Criminal Identification and Information
P.O. Box 66614, #A-6
Baton Rouge, LA 70896-6614

Individuals may contact this center to:

  • Obtain a copy of their state rap sheet
  • Learn about the process of sealing, expunging or cleaning it
  • Find out who is legally entitled to have access to his or her record

The Bureau is also responsible for processing court ordered expungements which require modification of criminal history records. Court orders require that a criminal arrest and conviction record be removed from access. The processing of expungements is a complex procedure, requiring extensive man-hours.

Criminal history information, when authorized by law, is also available for applicants for various employment. Such things as schools and day cares, health care, social services, medical professionals, individuals working in the gaming industry and regulatory agencies require criminal history screenings.

Louisiana State Ombudsman Office

Louisiana State Long-Term Care
Ombudsman Program
Office of the Governor
Office of Elderly Affairs
P.O. Box 61
Baton Rouge, LA 70821-0061
Phone (225) 342-7100
Toll Free (866) 632-0922

Long Term Care Ombudsmen investigate and resolve complaints made by or on behalf of residents of long-term care facilities. Long-term care facilities include nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and personal care homes that serve individuals age 60 and over. Ombudsmen also assist consumers and potential consumers with the process of choosing a facility.

Ombudsmen services are confidential and free of charge.

Re-Entry Court Program

Re-Entry Court allows nonviolent “short-timer” offenders to serve their sentence under the guidance of long-term offender mentors.

To participate, an offender must be sentenced to serve ten years or less, with a minimum of two years “in custody”. Offenders must be referred by one of the criminal judges in the 19th JDC with the consent of the Assistant District Attorney, defense counsel, and the Re-Entry Judge.

Offenders must agree to participate in the Offender Rehabilitation and Workforce Development Program. Upon admission to prison, the Department of Corrections will administer a battery of assessments evaluating risk, level of education, prior vocational training, mental health and substance abuse history.

Once accepted, an offender must obtain a GED if he does not have a GED or a high school diploma. He must satisfactorily complete the coursework for at least one of the offered areas of instruction.

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Advocacy Center

8325 Oak Street
New Orleans, LA 70118
Phone: 1.800.960.7705
(Voice or call relay at 711)
The Advocacy Center is Louisiana’s protection and advocacy system. Federal law requires that a protection and advocacy system operate in every state to protect the rights of persons with mental or physical disabilities

Governor’s Office of Disability Affairs

150 Third Street, Suite 129
Baton Rouge, LA 70801
Phone: (225) 219-7550

The Office of Disability Affairs (GODA) was created and designed to address and resolve issues amongst the disability community. GODA strives to encourage and strengthen the coordination of goals and program services among various public and private delivery systems to persons with disabilities throughout the state.

Louisiana Commission for the Deaf

628 N. Fourth Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Mailing Address:
Department of Health & Hospitals
P. O. Box 629
Baton Rouge, LA 70821-0629

The Louisiana Commission for the Deaf provides accessibility services for persons whom are Deaf, deaf-blind, or have hearing loss or speech impairment to gain equal access to any public or private service.

Louisiana Rehabilitation Services

950 N. 22nd Street
P.O. Box 91297
Baton Rouge, LA 70821-9297
(225) 219-2225
FAX: (225) 219-2942
FAX: (225) 219-4993

Louisiana Rehabilitation Services (LRS) assists persons with disabilities in their desire to obtain or maintain employment and/or achieve independence in their communities by providing vocational rehabilitation services for the blind and those individuals who qualify for independent living programs.

Services include work evaluation and job readiness services; assessment for and provision of assistive technology, such as customized computer interfaces for persons with physical or sensory disabilities; job counseling services, and medical and therapeutic services.

Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals

Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities
628 North 4th Street
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70802

PO Box 3117, Bin #21
Baton Rouge, LA 70821-3117

Phone: (225) 342-0095
Toll-Free: 1-866-783-5553
Fax: (225) 342-8823

The Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities provides supports and services through a variety of locations throughout the state to support the dignity, quality of life and security in the everyday lives of people with developmental disabilities and their families, acting as the Single Point of Entry.

To apply for services, please visit the Human Services District/Authority near you.

Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council

Post Office Box 3455
626 Main Street, Suite A
Baton Rouge, LA 70821-3455

Louisiana DD Council envisions a system of services and supports in Louisiana which enable individuals with developmental disabilities to exercise self-determination, be independent, productive and integrated and included in all facets of community life. The Council’s mission is to advocate for and support people with developmental disabilities to exercise control over their lives and participate fully in the community. Contact this advocacy organization for information and referral to available resources, supports and services for people with disabilities.

Law Firms

Disability in Louisiana

As you can probably imagine, each state considers disability and disability benefit payouts far differently from each other. In the case of disability in Louisiana, there is a unique method of applying for disability payments and benefits that will require you to make a tremendous effort to understand the exact nature of your disability and the nature of disability in Louisiana. By conducting the proper research and taking the time to study the situation, you can learn more about disability in Louisiana and enable yourself to see the maximum amount of benefits.

Louisiana Department of Education- (LDOE)- Division of Special Populations

(225) 342-3513

This is an exciting and challenging time for all of us working to ensure that students with disabilities achieve the knowledge and skills necessary to live independent and self-directed lives. Research has shown that the majority of students with disabilities have the ability to meet high standards when provided with specifically designed instruction and support. The Louisiana Department of Education’s mission is to ensure that every child in every school has access to instruction delivered by well-trained teachers who are accountable for the academic success of every child.

LSU Disability Services

(225) 578-5919

Disability Services (DS), in collaboration with other university departments, is committed to providing appropriate auxiliary aids and services for students with disabilities in an effort to ensure their full participation in all activities, programs, and services to the university. DS is dedicated to promoting the self-advocacy of students with disabilities and is committed to working with the LSU administration on the development and revisions of policies and procedures relevant to students with disabilities. DS also serves as a source of disability-related information for the university.

National Rehabilitation Information Center- Serving the Nations Disability Community


It is the mission of NIDRR to generate, disseminate and promote new knowledge to improve the options available to individuals with disabilities. The ultimate goal is to allow these individuals to perform their regular activities in the community and to bolster society’s ability to provide full opportunities and appropriate supports for its citizens with disabilities.

Southwest ADA Center Independent Living Research Utilization


The Southwest ADA Center is the Southwest’s leading resource on the Americans with Disabilities Act and related disability rights laws. The Center is part of the ADA National Network funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) of the Department of Education. The Southwest ADA Center serves a wide range of audiences who are interested in or impacted by these laws, including employers, businesses, government agencies, schools and people with disabilities. Expert staff members are available to provide training and publications and to respond to your inquiries via the toll free hotline.

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Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence (LCADV)

P.O. Box 77308, Baton Rouge, LA 70879
(225) 752-1296

The Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence (LCADV) is a statewide network of domestic violence programs, supportive organizations, and individuals that share the goal of ending violence against women and children in Louisiana. LCADV empowers its members through advocacy, education, resource development, allocation of funds, and technical assistance.

Domestic Abuse Resistance Team (DART)

The Domestic Abuse Resistance Team is a non-profit organization whose mission is twofold:

  • To protect, empower and advocate for all victims, survivors and their children in North Central Louisiana who are affected by domestic and dating violence.
  • To offer and implement public education programs in regards to the far-reaching consequences of domestic and dating violence.

For Shelter Services: Call (318) 251.2255 or 1.888.411.1333. (Open 24 hours daily). Location is confidential.

The Wellspring

1515 Jackson St.
Monroe, LA 71202

The Wellspring is one of the state’s leading nonprofits, providing services for those dealing with domestic violence, sexual assault, homelessness, and child well-being. We also offer a professional counseling center, Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring program, and the region’s domestic violence and rape crisis phone hot lines that took over 5,000 crisis phone calls in 2012.

  • For emergencies call 911.
  • For community information and referrals, call 211.
  • For individual and family crisis intervention, call 318.323.1505 or 318.323.4112
  • For rape/sexual assault services, call 318.387.4357
  • For domestic violence services, call 318.323.1543.


  • For all services 800.716.7233

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Central Louisiana Technical Community College

Alexandria Main Campus
4311 South MacArthur Drive
Alexandria, LA 71302
Phone: (318) 487-5443
Phone Toll Free: 1-800-278-9855
Fax: (318) 487-5970

Central Louisiana Technical Community College offers the Adult Basic Education (ABE) to help individuals obtain their high school equivalency diploma. Through the ABE Program, CLTCC is educating individuals, transforming lives and advancing the community. CLTCC also hopes to help these individuals move into higher education and pursue college-level academic programs upon successful completion of the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET®).

Effective January 1, 2014, Louisiana adopted a new High School Equivalency Test — the HiSET® from Educational Testing Service (ETS). The new ETS HiSET is a national high school equivalency testing program.

Job Corps Centers in Louisiana

200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Ste. N4463
Washington, DC 20210
Phone: (202) 693-3000
National: (800) 733-JOBS or (800) 733-5627
Fax: (202) 693-2767
Web site:

Job Corps is the nation’s largest career technical training and education program for young people between 16-24 years of age who qualify as low income. A voluntary program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor, Job Corps provides eligible young men and women with an opportunity to gain the experience they need to begin a career or advance to higher education.

Job Corps also offers the opportunity to earn a high school diploma or a GED for those youth who don’t have either. For youth who already have a high school diploma, Job Corps can help them prepare for college through partnerships with local colleges.

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Governor’s Office of Elderly Affairs

606 Colonial Drive, Suite G
Baton Rouge, LA 70714

The Louisiana Governor’s Office of Elderly Affairs (GOEA) was created in 1956 as the Commission on Aging by the Louisiana Legislature to act as the state’s visible advocate and focal point for all matters pertaining to the aging population. GOEA collects facts, statistics, and conducts special studies on conditions pertaining to the employment, health, financial status, recreation, social adjustment, or other conditions affecting the welfare of the aged.

Office of Aging and Adult Services (OAAS)


The Office of Aging and Adult Services (OAAS) was formed within the Department of Health and Hospitals as a health care reform initiative, bringing together all of the long-term care programs that serve senior citizens and people with adult-onset disabilities. The Office of Aging and Adult Services aims to develop, provide and enhance services that offer meaningful choices for people in need of long-term care. The office is committed to developing a long-term care system that provides choice, ensures quality, meets the needs of consumers and caregivers, and does so in a fiscally responsible manner.

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Louisiana Association of Community Action Partnerships (LACAP)

11637 Industriplex Boulevard
Baton Rouge, LA 70809
Phone: 225-298-3323
Fax: 225-298-3325

Louisiana Emergency Management Agency (No emergency assistance for individuals listed)

American Red Cross

Northeast Louisiana Chapter
414 Breard Street
Monroe, LA 71201
Phone: 318-323-5141

Serves 11 parishes: Caldwell, East Carroll, Franklin, Jackson, Madison, Morehouse, Ouachita, Richland, Tensas, Union, and West Carroll.

American Red Cross

Southeast Louisiana Chapter
2640 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70128
Phone: (504) 620-3105

The Southeast Louisiana Chapter serves Orleans, Jefferson, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. John, Assumption, Lafourche, Terrebonne, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and Washington Parishes

United Way of Southeast Louisiana

2515 Canal Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70119
Phone: (504) 822-5540
Fax: (504) 821-4378

Serving Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and Washington Parishes

United Way of Northeast Louisiana

1201 Hudson Lane
Monroe, LA 71201
Phone: 318-325-3869
Toll Free: 800-644-9886
Fax: 318-325-4329

State of Louisiana

Department of Children & Family Services
Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP)
627 N. Fourth St.
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Main Phone: (225) 342-0286
Fax: (225) 342-8636
Customer Service Center: 1-888-LAHELPU (1-888-524-3578)

You must pre-apply for the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (DSNAP). DSNAP allows all low- to moderate-income Louisianians to receive assistance in the event of a natural disaster. Pre-apply for benefits online or by phone. Current SNAP recipients do not need to pre-apply and would receive disaster benefits automatically.

To Apply, Applicants must provide:

  • Name, social security number, and birth date for each household member
  • Parish where you currently live
  • Residential address
  • Monthly income for each household member
  • Liquid resources for each household member such as:
  • Cash on Hand
  • Checking Accounts
  • Savings Accounts
  • Certificates of Deposit (CDs)
  • Money Market Accounts

Department of Children & Family Services

The Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program (FITAP)

Mail the completed application to the Document Processing Center:

DCFS Economic Stability
P.O. Box 260031
Baton Rouge, LA 70826
Fax the completed application to: (225) 663-3164
Phone: 1-888-LAHELP-U (1-888-524-3578)

Provides temporary cash assistance to eligible low-income families who need assistance for children.

To be eligible for FITAP, the family must meet all the conditions listed below:

  • Residence - the client must be living in the state, must intend to make a home here and the stay cannot be temporary.
  • Citizenship - the client must be either a U.S. citizen or a qualified alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence.
  • Need - a family must be considered financially needy to be eligible. It is not necessary that a parent be incapacitated, absent or unemployed.
  • Enumeration - all applicants or recipients must provide or apply for a Social Security number for each member of the assistance unit.
  • Age - children must be under the age of 18 to be eligible or in school and able to complete the course of study or obtain a GED by the 19th birthday.
  • Relationship - in order to receive FITAP assistance for a child, an individual must be a qualified relative by meeting certain relationship requirements, i.e., must be related by blood, marriage or adoption
  • Home - it must be verified that the child actually lives in the same home with the qualified relative.
  • Support Enforcement Services - the client must assign any child support and medical support rights to the state, and must cooperate with the agency’s Support Enforcement Services in establishing paternity and obtaining child support and medical support from the absent parent(s), unless good cause has been established
  • STEP - work eligible applicants and recipients are required to participate in the STEP Program.
  • Income - monthly countable income, both earned and unearned, cannot exceed the flat grant amount for the number of persons in the assistance unit.
  • Immunization - sufficient evidence of immunity or immunization against vaccine preventable diseases according to the Office of Public Health schedule, or evidence that such an immunization program is in progress, must be provided for each recipient under the age of 18.
  • Parenting Skills Training - each applicant/recipient who is pregnant or has a child under the age one must attend parenting skills training.
  • Time Limits - the family is ineligible to receive assistance if a parent or either parent in a two-parent family has received benefits for 24 of the prior 60 months. There is a 60 month lifetime limit if the assistance unit includes a parent/caretaker relative.
  • Minor parent restriction - minor unmarried parents and their children must reside in the home of a parent, legal guardian, or other adult relative or in an adult-supervised living arrangement in order to qualify for assistance.
  • Drug screening - Applicants/recipients age 18 and over must cooperate in screening for the use of illegal drugs, and, if necessary, drug testing, education and rehabilitation.


  • Step One:
    • Apply online now for one or more of the following:
      • Family Independence Temporary Assistance (FITAP)
      • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP - formerly Food Stamp Program)
      • Kinship Care Subsidy (KCSP)
    • OR
      • Download and print an application (Available in English, Spanish, and Vietamese), fill it out by hand and mail to the Document Processing Center.

Application for Assistance

  • Step Two:
    • Mail or Fax the completed form to the Document Processing Center (for downloaded applications only)
  • Step Three:
    • Conduct an in-person or telephone interview for FITAP and KCSP. Conduct a telephone interview for SNAP.
  • Step Four:
    • DCFS will determine your eligibility for all programs for which you apply.

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

Louisiana Housing Corporation
2415 Quail Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
Phone: (225) 754-1441
Fax: (225) 754-1469
Public Inquiries: 888-454-2001

Offers financial assistance to eligible households to help pay the cost of home energy bills and other energy related services. Households may qualify for regular LIHEAP assistance and/or the Energy Crisis (emergency) Intervention Program (ECIP) for natural gas, wood, electricity, liquid petroleum propane/butane gas and other energy related services. The program also provides weatherization services at no cost for eligible applicants.

What you need to apply:

  • Valid Photo ID
  • Social Security Card
  • Birth Certificate
  • Proof of Income
  • Proof of Residence

Directory of LIHEAP Providers,

Program Dates:

Heating: October 1 - March 31
Cooling: April 1 - September 30
Crisis: Year-round

Salvation Army—Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi

Call: 1-800-SAL-ARMY

The Louisiana Salvation Army runs several emergency financial assistance and social service programs to help the low income meet the basic needs of daily life. Resources are limited, so priority is given to families with children, seniors, and the disabled. In other words those who are at most risk in Louisiana are prioritized for help. The various assistance programs provide housing, food, shelter, clothing, and financial assistance to pay rent and utilities. Other services such as case management are provided, as well as necessities based on the individuals need.

Visit Louisiana locations:

  • Alexandria
  • Baton Rouge
  • Lafayette
  • Lake Charles
  • Monroe
  • New Orleans
  • Shreveport

Southwest Louisiana Electric Operation Round Up Assistance

Phone: 888-275-3626

Assistance for utility bills ranging from electric to heating may be provided by Southwest Louisiana Electric Membership Operation Round Up. The program, which uses donated money from the community, is available to help families in Louisiana that are facing a crisis.

Requires: proof of hardship and income

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) (is this National?)

1201 North Third Street
Commissioners Office, Suite 7-230
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70802
225-342-7000 Phone
225-342-1057 Fax
1-800-706-8263 (or 1-800-706-TANF)

Applicants may receive cash assistance and other support from Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). This program organizes and provides both financial assistance/funds to pay bills in a crisis. There is also access to job training programs, case management, career counseling, and more.

It is not necessary for these families to receive welfare past or present. TANF doesn’t help elderly individuals or those families without a minor child, even if they are low-income. Our services are on a first-come, first-serve basis, so even if your family is eligible for a TANF program or service, participation depends on availability

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Louisiana Governor’s Advisory Council on Disability Affairs

Governor’s Office of Disability Affairs
P.O. Box 94004
Baton Rouge, LA 70801
(225) 219-7550 (Voice/TTY)
(225) 219-7551 (FAX)
(877) 668-2722 (Toll Free)

Louisiana Workforce Commission
Bonding Program

Who is Eligible: Any at-risk job applicant, including: ex-offenders, recovering substance abusers (alcohol or drugs), welfare recipients and other persons having poor financial credit, economically disadvantaged youth and adults who lack a work history, individuals dishonorably discharged from the military, and others.

Anyone who cannot get a job without bonding is eligible for help by the Federal Bonding Program. All individuals who have, in the past, committed a fraudulent or dishonest act, are eligible for bonding services.

Either the employer or the job applicant can request a bond issuance. The bond is issued instantly and requires no forms or other papers.

Before a bond is issued, the applicant must have already received a job offer and the employer must provide an official start date to work.

Louisiana Workforce Commission

Office of Workforce Development
1001 North 23rd Street
Post Office Box 94094
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9094
Phone: (225) 342-3111
Fax: (225) 342-7960

Helping Individuals Reach Employment (HiRE)
Phone Toll Free: 1-866-783-5567
Mondays – Fridays, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m
Email:; (include the last four digits of your Social Security number, date of birth, and full name)

HiRE has replaced the Louisiana Virtual One Stop system.

Available services include:

  • job search and placement assistance
  • internet access for job searches and resume posting
  • access to computers, fax machines, copiers
  • access to several courses and online resources
  • labor market information
  • career assistance for individuals with criminal records
  • services for veterans
  • information on unemployment insurance benefits
  • information on and referral to training
  • information on and referral to child care, transportation and other support services
  • referrals to rehabilitation services

For all of your Unemployment Insurance needs, contact the Louisiana Workforce Commission at 1-866-783-5567. No unemployment benefits are payable for any month that you are in jail or prison.

Apprenticeship Programs

Labor Programs Section
1001 N. 23rd Street
Louisiana Workforce Commission
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Phone: 225-342-7820
Fax: 225-342-2717

For any questions regarding the Registered Apprenticeship Program, please contact the appropriate compliance officer in your area for specific information about your region, or call the Administrative Office in Baton Rouge for assistance.

Ticket to Work Program

Phone Toll Free: 1-866-968-7842
866-833-2967 (TTY)
M-F 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM EST

The Ticket to Work and Work Incentive Improvement Act of 1999 provides an opportunity for people who receive social security disability benefits to work. It provides training and employment opportunities for disabled individuals while allowing them to continue to receive social security benefits.

If you are age 18 through 64 and receive Social Security Disability benefits you can take advantage of Work Incentives that make it easier to work and still receive health care and cash benefits from Social Security, and protections if you have to stop working due to your disability.

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VITA, or the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

Is a free tax preparation service in Louisiana that is offered in partnership with the Internal Revenue Service.

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Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans & Acadiana

Address - 215 E Pinhook Rd
Lafayette - Louisiana, 70501
(337) 237-7711

Through this collaborative effort, food manufacturers, distributors, retailers, brokers and farmers and individuals in south Louisiana donate food to Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana, which is then distributed to a network of member agencies. This program is supplemented by food purchases to ensure nutritional balance to those we serve.

Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana

2307 Texas Avenue
Shreveport, LA 71103

Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank Warehouse

5546 Choctaw Dr.
Baton Rouge - Louisiana, 70805
Telephone number - (225) 359-9940

The location stocks groceries, rice, breads, canned goods and perishable items at the warehouse. The goods are then distributed to pantries, charities, and churches across Louisiana.

Southeast Food Pantry

105 Highland Park Plz
Covington - LA, 70433
(985) 867-8333

Food Bank - Shreveport

2307 Texas Ave
Shreveport - LA, 71103
(318) 675-2400

The non-profit is the largest distributor of public and private emergency food for a seven parish area in northwest Louisiana. Each week approximately 1,300 pounds of free food is distributed for emergency assistance to individuals and families. They run a senior program, which may be able to help low income seniors who are 65 and older or 55 and older with a disability receive a monthly box of non-perishable groceries Different programs for children are run as well, including food, groceries, clothing, summer meals, and more.

Friend Ships

1019 North First Avenue
Lake Charles - LA, 70601

Eunice Food Bank

Location is 1120 Fairground St.
Eunice, Louisiana 70535
(337) 457-7541

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Phone: 1-888-342-6207

Medicaid provides medical benefits to low-income individuals and families. The Louisiana Medicaid Program operates within the Department of Health and Hospitals.

The Partnership for Prescription Assistance for Louisiana

Helps qualifying patients without prescription drug coverage get free or low-cost medicines through the public or private program that’s right for them.

Other Prescription Assistance Resources

  • Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage
  • Medicaid/CHIP Programs
  • Co-Payment Programs
  • Participating Patient Assistance Programs
  • Free / Low-Cost Health Clinic Finder
  • Savings Cards

Louisiana Children’s Health Insurance Program


Provides children up to the age of 19 that have no health insurance with help with medical bills and health care expenses. There are no premiums, enrollment fees, or co-payments.

Ways to Apply:

  • Online – Apply at
  • Mail – Mail the application and documents of proof:
    • LaCHIP, P.O. Box 91278, Baton Rouge, LA 70821-9278
  • Fax – Fax the application form and documents of proof to:
    • 1-877-523-2987 (toll-free)
  • Drop Off – Drop off the application and documents of proof at your local Medicaid/LaCHIP Office.


Phone: 1-877-455-9955
TTY: 1-800-220-5404
Fax: (225) 342 - 3893
Monday - Friday 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m

LaMOMS program pregnant women have access to no-cost health care coverage. LaMOMS will pay for pregnancy-related services, including doctor visits, lab work, prescription medicines, delivery, and hospital care. It may provide coverage for up to 60 days following the end of your pregnancy.

To Apply, You will need:

  • Social Security Numbers (or document numbers for any legal immigrants who need insurance)
  • Employer and income information for everyone in your family (for example, from paystubs, W-2 forms, or wage and tax statements)
  • Policy numbers for any current health insurance

Information about any job-related health insurance available to your family

Operation Round-Up

Several utility companies are part of this organization and participate in the program. Grants are available for needy families and individuals and they can provide assistance with a wide variety of needs. For example, prescription medications, eyeglasses, artificial limbs, medical care and bills, wheelchairs, ramps or other handicap renovations are examples of the grants awarded each month. However, please note that no utility bills are paid through this program. Call your utility company and ask about Operation Round Up.

la reentry guideHIV/AIDS Services

The AIDS Treatment Data Network (The Network)


The Network is a national, not-for-profit, community-based organization. Treatment, education, and counseling services for men, women, and children with AIDS and HIV are supported by comprehensive and up-to-date informational databases about AIDS treatments, research studies, services, and accessing care.

Nationwide test site referrals, counseling, literature (upon request), clinical trials, information referrals, and a wide scope of other HIV/AIDS/STD/TB-related resource information is available.

State HIV/AIDS Hotline
TDD: 1-877-566-9448

Odyssey House Louisiana

Housing Programs
1125 North Tonti
New Orleans, LA 70119
PH: (504) 239-0441
Fax: (504) 324-8614


OHL operates housing programs for the chronically homeless, as well as homeless individuals who have special needs such as mental, physical, or developmental disabilities, substance abuse issues, or HIV/AIDS

louisiana reentry guideHotlines

Metropolitan Center for Women & Children

24-hour Crisis Line in the Greater New Orleans area call: 504-837-5400
Toll Free: 1-888-411-1333
National CDC STD/HIV Hotline: 1-800-342-2437

Louisiana 211 Network

Call 211

This network provides assistance statewide with locating community resources by dialing 211 or by going to their website.

Louisiana Relay Services

STS Users: 1-888-272-5530
TDD Users: 1-800-846-5277
ASCII Users: 1-888-550-5277
Voice Users: 1-800-947-5277
Information: 1-888-699-6869

Justice and Accountability Center

Operates a free expungement hotline at 504-345-8911.

US Department of Veterans Affairs —

Benefits: 1-800-827-1000,

Medical Centers: 1-877-222-8387

Persian Gulf War Helpline: 1-800-749-8387

National Coalition for Homeless Veterans:, 1-800-838-4357

National Call Center for Homeless Veterans Hotline: 1-877-4AID-VET (1-877-424-3838) or

Veterans Health Administration: VISN 16

Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs: (LDVA) – 1800-935-8317 or go to or

Disabled American Veterans: Dept. of Louisiana (225) 925-8396

Veterans of Foreign Wars: Post Locations (225)938-5025

Vietnam Veterans of America: Louisiana State Council (337) 984-0437

Focus On Recovery Helpline: A 24-hour national alcohol and drug abuse addiction and treatment hotline: 1-800-888-9383

National AIDS Hotline: Talk to someone who knows about HIV / AIDS and can tell you about AIDS services in your city or state: 1-800-822-7422

National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800- 273-TALK (8255)

Louisiana American Legion: Baton Rouge, Louisiana (225) 923-1945 or go to

Work Force Commission of Louisiana: 1-800-259-5154 or

Social Security Administration: Benefits After Incarceration: What you need to know - call 1-800-772-1213; TTY 1-800-325-0778.

Wellspring Domestic Violence

  • Community information and referrals, call 211.
  • Individual and family crisis intervention, call 318.323.1505 or 318.323.4112
  • Rape/sexual assault services, call 318.387.4357
  • Domestic violence services, call 318.323.1543.
  • For all services, 800.716.7233
  • Aging and Adult Services Helpline 1.866.758.5035
  • Louisiana Options in Long-Term Care 1.877.456.1146
  • Report Adult Abuse, Neglect or Exploitation 1.800.898.4910

louisiana reentry guideHousing

The Affordable Housing Network

2885 Sanford Ave SW #17431
Grandville, Michigan 49418

Provides a searchable listing of available and affordable housing. This is a free service.

Department of Housing and Urban Development

New Orleans Field Office
Hale Boggs Federal Building
500 Poydras Street
9th Floor
New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: (504) 671-3001
Fax: (504) 671-3751

HUD’s mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD is working to strengthen the housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes; utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination, and transform the way HUD does business.

Programs include Section 8 vouchers and rental assistance. HUD Rent Assistance

Helping Our Homeless is an emergency shelter funded by public dollars. The centers provide short term transitional or temporary housing for the very low income/homeless in general or for specific populations of the homeless. When ready to move into a home or apartment, funds for rent and security deposits may be distributed. Soup Kitchens are also available.

Louisiana Transitional Housing

Transitional housing is temporary housing for the working homeless population and is set up to transition their residents to permanent housing. Transitional, sober housing provides supportive housing along with drug and alcohol treatment for selective locations.

Odyssey House Louisiana

Housing Programs
PH: (504) 239-0441
Fax: (504) 324-8614

OHL operates housing programs for the chronically homeless, as well as homeless individuals who have special needs such as mental, physical, or developmental disabilities, substance abuse issues, or HIV/AIDS.

Louisiana Regional Housing Coordinators:

Capitol Area Human Services Department (Baton Rouge)
Housing Coordinator: Karen Fitzsimons-Pino
(225) 922-0881

Florida Parish Human Services Authority (Lake Pontchartrain Northshore)
Housing Coordinator (Group Homes only): Nancy Jones
(985) 626-6451

Housing Coordinator: Thomas Arthur
(985) 748-2220

Region 3 (Houma & River Parishes area)
Housing Coordinator: John Navy
(985) 876-8876

Region 4 (Lafayette area)
Housing Coordinator: Andrea McFaul
(337) 262-4130

Region 5 (Lake Charles area)
Housing Coordinator: Joy Till
(337) 497-0034

Region 6 (Alexandria area)
Housing Coordinator: Jeannie Simmering
(318) 484-6427

Region 7 (Shreveport area)
Housing Coordinator: Dara Bourn
(318) 676-5599

Region 8 (Monroe area)
Housing Coordinator: Charles Gagnon
(318) 362-3339

louisiana reentry guideLegal

Louisiana Law Help
Available in English and Spanish

ACLU of Louisiana

P.O. Box 56157
New Orleans, LA 70156

ACLU of Louisiana believes that people accused of a crime should have access to the basic necessities: a clean living space; a competent lawyer; food; and medical care. ACLU of LA fights for these ideas in the courts on behalf of people who have been mistreated by the government. ACLU works to get stories of rights abuses into the press. ACLU of LA works in the community, organizing town meetings, educating people about their rights and advocating with politicians and policymakers. ACLU also works in the legislature, advocating for laws that will protect everyone and fighting measures that would limit our freedoms.

Attorney General’s Office

James D. “Buddy” Caldwell
1885 N. Third Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

MAIL: P.O Box 94005
Baton Rouge, LA 70804

Mental Health Advocacy Services (Legal Representation)

Kevin Robshaw, Director
(800) 428-5432

The Louisiana Mental Health Advocacy Service (MHAS) is an executive agency under the Office of the Governor of the State of Louisiana.

The Mental Health Advocacy Service provides legal representation in virtually every civil commitment proceeding in Louisiana. MHAS provides legal representation during the initial stages of confinement of mentally ill persons, as well as after commitment has occurred, in order to comply with a federal court order and state law.

NAACP Louisiana

The vision of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights and there is no racial hatred or racial discrimination. The mission of the NAACP is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination. You can file a discrimination complaint on their website.

Resurrection after Exoneration

1212 St. Bernard Ave
New Orleans, LA 70116
504-875-4829 Fax

Resurrection after Exoneration is a non-profit organization dedicated to the rehabilitation of exonerees after incarceration.

RAE will promote reform-minded leadership among those who have been imprisoned by assisting them during their transition process to ensure a successful reentry, and by empowering exonerees to confront and reform the system that victimized them.

RAE currently provides legal assistance to exonerees by seeking attorneys who will assist them with their legal matters free of charge.

RAE is an offspring of the non-profit law office, Innocence Project New Orleans (IPNO)

Pro Bono Legal Services

Capital Area Legal Services Corporation
200 3rd Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70801-1304
Phone: 225-387-5173

Central Louisiana Pro Bono Project, Inc.

P.O. Box 1324 Suite 112
Alexandria, LA 71309-1324
Phone: 318-449-9778

Legal Services of North Louisiana

P.O. Box 1189
Natchitoches, LA 71458-1189
Phone: 318-352-7220

North Louisiana Legal Assistance Corporation Volunteer Lawyers

200 Washington Street

Monroe, LA 71201-6754

Phone: 318-325-3558

Northwest Louisiana Legal Services, Inc.

720 Travis Street
Shreveport, LA 71101-2948
Phone: 318-222-7186

South Louisiana Legal Services

1010 Common Suite 1400A
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: 504-529-1000

Southeast Louisiana Legal Services

1200 Derek Drive Suite 100
Hammond, LA 70403
Phone: 985-345-2130

Louisiana State Bar Association

(504) 566-1600

The purpose of the Louisiana State Bar Association is to aid in the administration of justice as officers of the court, assist the Supreme Court in the regulation of the practice of law, uphold the honor of the courts and the profession, promote the professional competence of attorneys, increase public understanding of and respect for the law, and encourage collegiality among its members.

Here is a link to Lawyer Referral Information page from the Louisiana State Bar Association

Louisiana Department of Education- (LDOE) - Legal Services Division

(225) 342-3572

Legal services division provides legal support and representation to the Department of Education and its employees in furtherance of the Department’s goals and to provide training and guidance to Louisiana local education agencies, parents, students, and stakeholders.

Southern Poverty Law Center


The Southern Poverty Law Center is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy, the Center works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality.

Health Law Advocates of Louisiana

4640 S. Carrollton Ave., Ste. 250
New Orleans, Louisiana, 70119
(504) 267-9156

Health Law Advocates of Louisiana (HLA/LA) is the only nonprofit public interest law firm in Louisiana dedicated exclusively to health care access. Launched in February 2010, HLA/LA provides free legal representation and assistance to eligible Louisiana families. HLA/LA serves low and middle income residents from all parts of the State. Many of our clients are children, elderly, or those coping with disabilities. All face barriers to health care treatment that result in suffering and loss. We strive to make a difference in the lives of ordinary people who simply are unable to cut through legal, administrative or financial barriers to obtaining needed health care treatment.

louisiana reeentry guideMental Health

Department of Health & Hospitals

Office of Behavioral Health
P. O. Box 629
Baton Rouge, LA 70821-0629

Physical Address:
628 N. 4th Street Baton Rouge, LA 70802

PHONE: 225.342.9500
FAX: 225.342.5568

The Office of Behavioral Health’s mental health services provide a variety of treatments for people who have different types of mental illnesses.

The agency oversees the Louisiana Behavioral Health Partnership (LBHP), the statewide management contract for most behavioral health services, and delivers direct care through both hospitalization and community based treatment programs. Services are provided for Medicaid and non-Medicaid eligible populations.

National Alliance on Mental Illness

NAMI Louisiana
PO Box 40517
Baton Rouge, LA 70835-0517
Phone: (225) 291-6262
Fax: (225) 291-6244

(225) 924-3900
(800) 437-0303

NAMI Louisiana is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization made up of family members, peers, behavioral health professionals, and friends. The mission and purpose of NAMI Louisiana shall be to support and advocate at the local, state, and national levels the promotion of the quality of care, rights and interests of those affected by mental illness. NAMI Louisiana is dedicated to eradicating the stigma, myths, and misconceptions of mental illnesses, to improving the quality of life for all who are affected by these illnesses, and to supporting recovery.

Mental Health America of Louisiana


Mental Health America of Louisiana is the state affiliate of the country’s oldest and largest nonprofit addressing all aspects of mental health and well-being. Since 1949, Mental Health America of Louisiana has been dedicated to promoting mental health wellness, preventing mental and substance use conditions, and achieving victory over mental illnesses and addictions through advocacy, education, research and service. Mental Health America of Louisiana envisions a just, humane and healthy society in which all people are accorded respect, dignity, and the opportunity to achieve their full potential free from stigma and prejudice.

Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) (Dept of Health and Hospitals)

(225) 342-2540

The Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) ensures care and support to improve quality of life for people with mental illness and addictive disorders. The mission of the Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) is to promote recovery and resiliency through services and supports in the community that are preventive, accessible, comprehensive and dynamic.

louisiana reeentry guidePublic Libraries

State Library of Louisiana

701 North 4th Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Phone: (225) 342-4913
Fax: (225) 219-4804

louisiana reentry guideReentry Programs


Pre-Release Exit Program and Re-Entry (P.R.E.P.) is a rehabilitative training program, provided by the Louisiana State Penitentiary that enables ex-offenders to compete in the employment market, to be immediately prepared for employment without the need for additional training.

Reentry Prerelease Program

Reintegration Program
Ages: 10-Adult

The Reentry Prerelease Program will help ensure a successful transition by equipping offenders with the basic knowledge and skills to reintegrate into the community. The program can be used by national, state, and local prerelease reentry programs or facilities.

The Reentry Prerelease Program consists of 10 consumable workbooks and a teacher’s guide. Workbook titles include:

  • Personal Development
  • Problem Solving & Decision Making
  • Anger Management
  • Values Clarification, Goal Setting, & Achieving
  • Victim Awareness & Restitution
  • Employment Skills
  • Job Placement Assistance
  • Money Management Skills
  • Reentry Support Resources
  • Counseling on Individual Community Reentry Concerns

Louisiana 100-Hour Reentry Prerelease Program

Louisiana Reentry Program
Ages: 10-Adult

The 100-Hour Reentry Prerelease Program is a supplementary workbook series developed by HMH in conjunction with the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections Prerelease / Reentry Team. The program requires 100 hours of preparation for offenders prior to release.

  • Provide accessible, relevant content supporting the full range of reentry challenges.
  • Build preparedness with practice activities that include real-life scenarios and examples.
  • Ensure alignment with the goals and objectives of your state’s 100-Hour Reentry Program.

Louisiana Correctional Transition Center for Women

Madison Parish Sheriff
1005 Green Street
Tallulah, Louisiana 71282
Sheriff: Larry Cox
Director: April Stevens
Phone: (318) 574-9997
Parishes included: State-wide

Reentry Solutions


Reentry radio

Mr. Michael Wynne at 318-487-5301

In May 2010, the Department of Public Safety and Corrections partnered with Re-Entry Solutions of Alexandria to launch a one-hour, live radio program on issues pertaining to offenders preparing to reenter society and those individuals already under community (probation or parole) supervision.

“Reentry Radio” can be heard live each Wednesday from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. on the following radio stations: 88.1 FM in Alexandria, 98.9 FM in Monroe and 92.5 FM in Shreveport. In addition, the program is broadcast live via the Internet by logging on to Programs are also posted on the Department’s website to listen to at any time.

Resurrection after Exoneration

1212 St. Bernard Ave
New Orleans, LA 70116
504-875-4829 Fax

Resurrection after Exoneration is a non-profit organization dedicated to the rehabilitation of Exonerees after incarceration.

RAE will promote reform-minded leadership among those who have been imprisoned by assisting them during their transition process to ensure a successful reentry, and by empowering exonerees to confront and reform the system that victimized them.

RAE is an offspring of the non-profit law office, Innocence Project New Orleans (IPNO).

United States Probation Office—Eastern District of Louisiana

Reentry Programs:

RE-SHIFT is a program offered by the U.S. Probation Office, for the Eastern District of Louisiana, and Volunteers of America Residential Re-entry Center, where the goal is “Successfully Helping Individuals and Families Transition” on to community supervision. The program provides a class that is offered to offenders and their families to educate them on the conditions and expectations of supervision.

The RE-SHIFT Panel consists of representation from the U.S. Probation Office, Residential Re-Entry Center, and a peer support participant who has successfully completed community supervision.

Post-Conviction—Rise & Recover

Participation in the Rise and Recover Reentry Court program is voluntary, and there will be no negative consequences if an offender does not wish to participate. The Reentry Court Program will last at least 14 months. The successful completion of the program may result in a 1 year reduction in supervision term and dismissal of pending probation hearing/petition.

New Paths Initiative—Includes plans for two programs (as of July 2015 the program is slated to begin August 2015):

a) Back in Stride

The Back in Stride program is part of the Downtown Development Districts’s commitment to reduce and eventually end homelessness. In addition to this new effort, the DDD continues to advocate for permanent supportive housing, support for affordable housing Downtown, the hiring of a full-time homeless outreach worker as part of its Downtown/HOME partnership with the City of New Orleans and current work on creating a low barrier homeless shelter.

b) Second Chance

The Second Chance program for ex-offenders is intended to provide employment opportunity for individuals who may normally be considered unemployable because of a felony conviction. The program will help remove barriers to employment for individuals that, based on a reasonable screening process, are not deemed a threat to public safety.

Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office Corrections Division

Work Release Program

The purpose of the Work Release Program is to provide an opportunity for offenders to reestablish dignity and self-esteem, and to facilitate the transition back into society as a responsible adult. Whenever possible, the Corrections Division shall encourage offenders to gain work experience relevant to the current job market and/or participate in the Work Release Program.

Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office Transitional Work Program

Offenders must meet all eligibility requirements and must apply for the program. If the inmate is housed in the LPCC, he/she must complete and submit a Transitional Work Program application to Classification.

If the offender is in another facility, he/she must write a letter to the Transitional Work Program to request consideration.

Mail to: Transitional Work Program Attn: Screening Officer, 1825 W. Willow St., Scott, LA, 70583

The Transitional Work program will respond to the offender regarding the status of the application/request. Response and transfer times vary from weeks to months based on several factors such as LPCC and Transitional Housing Facility space availability.

louisiana reentry guideSex Offenders

State Sex Offender and Child Predator Registry

By Phone: 1-800-858-0551 between 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM, CDT.

By Mail:

P.O. Box 66614, Box A-6
Baton Rouge, LA 70896

By E-Mail

Registration requirements:

New Horizons (Sexual Addicts Anonymous) Only at WINN Facility

This audio-based program is geared toward sex offenders who are non-readers or who have limited reading skills. The program uses pictures of the risk factors and audio, cassette tapes. Phase IV facilitators assist in the completion of the workbook.


Madison County Risk Management Psycho-Social Program

The group consists of four phases which educate the sex offender about 27 risk factors which may cause relapse, help familiarize them with the assault cycle, and helps them to recognize situations that put them at most risk re-offending. Offenders are given the opportunity to learn, develop and utilize risk management skills that could help them successfully maintain a lifestyle devoid of hurting others. DWCC has five phases. AVAILABLE AT ALL FACILTIES except Dabadie Correctional Center

louisiana reentry guideSubstance Abuse

Statewide alternative and treatment abuse collaborations have been developed to enhance the Department’s reentry efforts. These services may be mandated as sanctions for offenders who commit technical violations and provide alternatives to incarceration, without compromising public safety. Specific programming details can be found on subsequent pages.

Concordia Parish Treatment Program (RSAT)

Concordia Parish Correctional Center
4001 Carter Street, Room 7, Vidalia, Louisiana 71373
Keith Baker - 318.336.5232, 318.757.1865, 318.757.1358

Don Francois Alternative Center - Concordia

Concordia Parish Correctional Center
4001 Carter Street, Room 7, Vidalia, Louisiana 71373
318.336.5232, 318.757.1865

Forcht Wade Correctional Center

Clinical Substance Abuse Treatment Center
7990 Caddo Drive, Keithville, LA 71047
Dr. Susan Tucker, Assistant Warden

Blue Walters Substance Abuse Treatment Program - North

Richwood Detention Center
180 Pine Bayou Circle
Monroe, La. 71202
Debbie McCoy, Director 318-325-8409

Intensive Motivational Program of Alternative Correctional Treatment

Élayn Hunt Correctional Center (EHCC)
P.O. Box 174, St. Gabriel, Louisiana 70776
(225) 642-3306

Odyssey House Louisiana

Medically Supported Detox Facility Address:
732 N. Claiborne Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
PH: (504) 324-3710
FAX: (504) 324-6712

OHL offers medically supported detox services to individuals 22 or older suffering from addiction and withdrawal. OHL’s Medically Supported Detox accepts clients and referrals for its program 7 days a week.

Odyssey House Louisiana

Short Term Adult Residential Program
PH: (504) 821-9211, ext 7412 or 7819
FAX: (504) 324-4731
FAX: (504) 371-5029

OHL’s Adult Residential Program serves single men and women 22 years of age and older. OHL offers 48 beds for a short-term (28-day) residential drug rehabilitation program, and focuses on the most basic aspects of drug rehab treatment, such as abstinence from drug abuse, life skills building, and recovery tools.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Must have Medicaid, Medicare, GNOCHC, or be uninsured.
  • a Louisiana photo ID and
  • a 30-day supply of all prescribed medication for the 28-day stay.

Support Groups

louisiana reentry guideVeterans

Important Forms

VA Form 21-526 - Application for Compensation or Pension- must be filed to apply for compensation or pension. Mail your DD-214 and the following forms to the VARO nearest your release destination 30 to 45 days before your release.

VA Form 21-4138 - Statement in Support of Claim - lets you explain why you deserve the benefits you are asking for because of your disability or disorder. It is best to have an experienced service representative help you complete the form.

VA Form 21-4142 - Authorization for Release of Information - If you have received medical or mental health care, that may be relevant to your claim, from anyone other than a VA Medical Facility, you need to fill out a VAF 21-4142 giving permission for release of medical records to the VA.

VA Form 10-10EZ - Enrollment for Medical Benefits - is used by the VA to determine if you can receive medical benefits. Complete the form and bring it with you to the VA medical facility where you will seek evaluation for treatment.

VA Form 28-1900 - Vocational Rehabilitation for Disabled Veterans - is needed to apply for the vocational rehabilitation program to help veterans who were disabled during their service reach maximum independence in daily living, to learn the skills needed to get a job, and to find and keep a job. Send Form 28-1900 to the VARO in your area 10 to 15 days before your release.

VA Form 70-3288 - Request for and Consent to Release of Information from Claimant’s Records - is used to get records relevant to your claim from VA facilities (regional offices, medical centers, outpatient clinics, and vet centers). Request a fee waiver under section 38 C.F.R. Sec.1.526 (h), which requires the VARO to provide a veteran with one set of his or her records free of charge.

VA Form 22-1990 – Application for Education Benefits – is used to apply for educational assistance under the following benefit programs: Post 9/11 GI Bill; Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB); Montgomery GI Bill-Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR); Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP); Post-Vietnam Era Veterans’ Educational Assistance Program (VEAP).

SF 180 – Request Pertaining to Military Records – is used to request copies of your DD214 or equivalent, all documents in your Official Military Personnel File, and Military Medical Records including Service Treatment Records, and Health and Dental Records.

Alexandria VA Health Care Systems

Lisa Webb, LCSW-BACS
Health Care for Reentry Veterans Specialist
P.O. Box 69004
Alexandria, LA 71306-9004
Phone: 1-800-375-8387 ext. 4258
Phone: 318-466-4258

Healthcare for Reentry Veterans (HCRV) is a service designed to address the needs for Veterans within 6 months of release or 4 months post release from incarceration. The central goal of the HCRV Program is to promote successful community integration of reentry Veterans by conducting outreach to Veterans while they are incarcerated and engage them in treatment and rehabilitation programs after release.

ELIGIBILITY for Reentry Services:

  • A Veteran currently incarcerated at a state or federal correctional facility within 6 months of release.
  • A Veteran released within the last 4 months from a state or federal correctional facility.
  • A Veteran serving a state prison sentence under contract at a county, parish or other local jail facility.

Alexandria VA Health Care System

2495 Shreveport Highway
Pineville, LA 71306-9004
(318) 466-4000

Overton Brooks Medical Center

10 E. Stoner Avenue
Shreveport, LA 71101-4295
(318) 221-8411

VA’s National Call Center for Homeless Veterans Toll-free, 24/7 access: 1-877-424-3838, Grant and Per Diem Transitional Housing- provides supportive case management services to reduce substance abuse and psychiatric recidivism rates, a structured environment to assist veterans in obtaining their highest goals, prevent chronic homelessness, and provide assistance in achieving goal of greater self determination.

Housing and Urban Development-Veterans Administration Supportive Housing Program (HUD-VASH)

The program helps veterans to secure independent housing in the community by providing rental payment assistance through “housing choice vouchers” issued by local public housing authorities and providing supportive case management services to assist the veteran with housing stability and fully integrating back into the community. Contact the appropriate Health Care for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) for the area in which you are interested in residing.

VA Education Benefits:
Beneficiaries incarcerated for other than a felony can receive full monthly benefits, if otherwise entitled. Convicted felons residing in halfway houses or participating in work release programs also can receive full monthly benefits. Claimants incarcerated for a felony conviction can be paid only the costs of tuition, fees, and necessary books, equipment, or supplies. VA cannot make payments for tuition, fees, books, equipment or supplies if another Federal, State or local program pays these costs in full. If another government program pays only a part of the cost of tuition, fees, books, equipment or supplies, VA can authorize the incarcerated claimant payment for the remaining part of the costs.

VARO needs formal notification from the prison of your release in order to re-start benefits. Form 21-4193, Notice to Department of Veterans Affairs of Veteran or Beneficiary Incarcerated in Penal Institution should be completed 30 days before release, signed by a prison official and submitted to VA Benefits Administration. The sooner that document is provided to VARO, the sooner VARO can begin to process your request.

Seeking Benefits On Your Own:
Although you are encouraged to seek the aid of a service representative, you may choose to apply for VA benefits on your own.

Write your HCRV Specialist, the local VA Regional Office or find the forms online.

You can also apply for certain benefits online at:

Use a return address to ensure mail gets to you as quickly as possible. Make photocopies of all forms for your records before sending your packet to the VARO nearest you.

Va Employment Services
The VA’s Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment services help veterans with service-connected disabilities by providing job training and counseling to those who have an employment handicap. Services include help finding a job, on-the-job training, job development, and vocational training. If you are not eligible for these services, a VA counselor may help you find other options, goals, or programs. Contact your VA Regional Office (VARO) at 1-800-827-1000, or go to

Veterans Incarcerated
The purpose of this organization is to provide service for veterans while striving to promote rehabilitation and a smooth transition back into society. It is open to any offender who has verifiable documentation (DD-214 or its equivalent) that he has served in any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces and who agrees to and applies the Vets Incarcerated by-laws and purpose. Services offered through this organization include literacy, education enhancement, connection with Veterans’ Benefits, job training and placement, career counseling, resume writing, transportation assistance, housing assistance, character development and fatherhood training.

Acadiana Legal Services Corporation (Lafayette Headquarters)
P.O. Box 4823 Lafayette, LA 70502-4823
Phone: 337-237-4320
Needs: Family & Juvenile; Housing; Life Planning; Public Benefits; Veterans

Baton Rouge Bar Foundation Pro Bono Project

541 Main Street Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Phone: 225-344-4803
Needs: Consumer; Debt/Credit/Bankruptcy; Family & Juvenile; Life Planning; Public Benefits; Veterans

Lafayette Parish Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers

P.O. Box 2194 505 Lafayette, LA 70502
Phone: 337-237-4700
Needs: Consumer; Elder Law; Family & Juvenile; Housing; Life Planning; Public Benefits; Veterans

The Pro Bono Project

615 Baronne Street Suite 201
New Orleans, LA 70113
Phone: 504-581-4043
Needs: Community Development; Consumer; Debt/Credit/Bankruptcy; Disability; Elder Law; Employment; Family & Juvenile; Health; Housing; Life Planning; Nonprofit Organizations; Public Benefits; Veterans

louisiana reentry guideWomen and Families

LA Department of Social Services

Provides social services such as access to SNAP, WIC, job placement, homeownership, disabilities, addiction, and health services
Main Phone: (225) 342-0286
Fax: (225) 342-8636

Families Helping Families of Louisiana

The purpose of the Louisiana Association of Families Helping Families is to provide a mechanism for its members to share management expertise, strategies and resources that enhance the capacity of regional Families Helping Families Centers to serve their constituents in an efficient and cost-effective manner, as well as to provide a protocol for both fiscal and programmatic accountability for each FHF Center with an established membership criteria.

LaCAN (Louisiana Citizens for Action Now)

(337) 367-7407

LaCAN is a statewide grassroots network of individuals and families who have worked together since 1988 advocating for a system that supports individuals to live in their own homes rather than having to move to a facility to receive needed services. Specifically, they have advocated for implementation of Louisiana’s Community and Family Support System Plan.

Louisiana Correctional Transition Center for Women

Madison Parish Sheriff
1005 Green Street
Tallulah, Louisiana 71282
Sheriff: Larry Cox
Director: April Stevens
Phone: (318) 574-9997
Parishes included: State-wide


DART provides safe housing to assist a woman in escaping from a threatening or dangerous situation. Women and their children may stay confidentially for a limited time at no charge. The shelter does not house men, but DART will assist battered men in finding safe places to stay. If you need assistance with emergency safe housing, please contact our shelter at [318] 251.2255.

Odyssey House Louisiana

Physical Address:
1125 North Tonti
New Orleans, LA 70119
Ph: (504) 821-9211
Administrative Fax*: (504) 324-8614

The F-RExO (Females-Reintegration of Ex-Offenders)

Program is a program designed to assist formerly incarcerated females.


  • Job Readiness & Sustainability Training
  • Life Skills
  • Case Management
  • Career Planning
  • Support Groups
  • Mentoring
  • Community Involvement Opportunities
  • Empowerment Seminars
  • Job Placement Assistance & Support
  • Vocational Skills Referrals & Support
  • Education Referral Assistance & Support

*Note: client information SHOULD NOT be sent to the administrative fax line for confidentiality reasons. NO REFERRALS should be sent to the administrative fax. If you are unclear what fax line you should use to send referrals or client information, contact the specific program you are trying to reach at the numbers below.

Child Care Assistance

Economic Stability parish office in Louisiana. Or call 1-888-524-3578 for additional details, including application sites.

Head Start Services

Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) – Provides assistance to families to help pay for the child care needed in order to work, or attend school or training.

Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program (FITAP) – Provides temporary cash assistance to eligible low-income families who need assistance for children.

Kinship Care Subsidy Program (KCSP) – Provides cash assistance for eligible children who reside with qualified relatives other than parents.

Department of Children and Family Services (SNAP – food stamps)

To apply for benefits, call 1-888-LAHELPU or visit

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Office of Juvenile Justice

State Police Bldg. 1st Floor
7919 Independence Blvd.
Baton Rouge, LA 7080

Mailing Address:
Office of Juvenile Justice
P.O. Box 66458
Baton Rouge, LA 70896
Phone: (225) 287-7900

Under the direction of the Deputy Secretary, the Office of Juvenile Justice (OJJ) has policy oversight and support responsibilities for state programs for youth who are adjudicated delinquent, as well as any youth and their families ruled in need of services by courts of juvenile jurisdiction (FINS – Families in Need of Services). We are responsible for youth assigned to our care by the court system, either for supervision or custody in residential placement, or secure care. OJJ also provides services to youth under local court supervision. Our staff supports the Administrative Remedy Procedure disciplinary appeal process for juveniles and performs quality assurance activities for the juvenile facilities.

Job Corps Centers in Louisiana

200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Ste. N4463
Washington, DC 20210
Phone: (202) 693-3000
National: (800) 733-JOBS or (800) 733-5627
Fax: (202) 693-2767
Web site:

Job Corps is the nation’s largest career technical training and education program for young people between 16-24 years of age who qualify as low income. A voluntary program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor, Job Corps provides eligible young men and women with an opportunity to gain the experience they need to begin a career or advance to higher education.

Job Corps also offers the opportunity to earn a high school diploma or a GED for those youth who don’t have either. For youth who already have a high school diploma, Job Corps can help them prepare for college through partnerships with local colleges.

Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights

1100-B Milton St.
New Orleans, LA 70122
Luliana Mars

The Reentry Project is a pilot project that improves legal and life outcomes for New Orleans’ most vulnerable youth by providing careful reintegration planning and intensive case management for children returning to their homes and communities from secure detention.

Louisiana Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health (LAFFCMH)

(225) 293-3508

LAFFCMH is the state’s advocacy organization for families of children and youth with mental health needs. They represent children, youth, and families from diverse cultures and backgrounds. LAFFCMH is here to assist you in obtaining information and resources that will empower you to choose the best solutions for your child, yourself, and your family. Just as each child is unique and different the services each child with emotional, behavioral and mental disorders requires will be different and unique to that child and his/her family.

Project PROMPT

Project PROMPT is the parent training and information center for the State of Louisiana. Project PROMPT’s staff and volunteers assist parents in securing a free, appropriate public education for their children with disabilities. Project PROMPT provides information and training to parents of children with disabilities, on the rights and responsibilities under the Individuals with disabilities education Act (IDEA), and related federal and state laws. Project PROMPT is a program of Families Helping Families of Greater New Orleans and has been funded by a grant from the United States Department of Education, since 1986.

Odyssey House Academy for Adolescents

Odyssey House Academy Facility Address:
Front Desk: (504) 324-8288, ext 1001
|Admissions Counselor: (504) 376-7485
4730 Washington Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119

Odyssey House Academy provides intensive substance abuse counseling, relapse prevention, psychiatric services and educational services to adolescents ages 13-17. The program is individualized and length of stay will depend on need of resident.

The admission criteria are as follows:

  • Must be between the ages of 13 – 17 years of age
  • Must have a drug/alcohol addiction
  • Must be medically cleared and accepted by OHL medical staff