About the Central Louisiana Human Services District


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How it all started

The Central Louisiana Human Services District (CLHSD) is the result of a multi-year effort to combine the delivery of mental health, addictive disorders, and developmental disability service systems.

Historically, services were provided to the clients by 3 separate systems (Office of Mental Health- OMH, Office of Addictive Disorders- OAD, and Office of Citizens with Developmental Disabilities- OCDD). As time went on, it was observed that some clients received services from more than one system and that all 3 systems overlapped.

OCDD clients also received services from OMH and OAD clients also received services from OMH and OMH clients also received services from OAD and so on. So, it made the most sense to join all 3 systems, which is exactly what caused the CLHSD to be created.

Now all 3 systems operate under one roof: .

Office of Behavioral Health

The Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) provides statewide authority and accountability for all behavioral healthcare, including treatment services for mental health and addiction to drugs, alcohol and/or gambling, for Louisiana citizens.

Office of Citizens with Developmental Disabilities

Office of Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD) oversees public and private residential services and other services for people with developmental disabilities.

Now all 3 systems operate under one roof, which makes it easier for clients to access 1, 2 or all 3 systems. CLHSD provides all of these services either directly, by doing it ourselves, or indirectly, by contracting with community partners/agencies/organizations, in all 8 of the parishes (Avoyelles, Catahoula, Concordia, Grant, LaSalle, Rapides, Vernon, and Winn) comprising the “Human Services District”. The best thing about the District is that it still provides services to individuals, whether they have money/insurance or not. If you or a family member, friend or neighbor need help dealing with a mental illness such as depression or attention deficit disorder, or an alcohol or drug addiction, or a learning disability, please click on the Services tab at the top of the screen to learn more about our services. You may also get in touch with us by clicking on any one of the “Contact Us” buttons or the “Get Help Now” button.