Treatment Programs

The mission of the Treatment Programs Department is to provide assessment and intervention to the offender population. Offenders may be referred to diversionary programs, as appropriate. These programs are designed to target maladaptive behavior. It is the long-term goal of the staff to stabilize the individuals and also assist with a healthy transition into society. 

Mental Health

Mental Health Individual Evaluation and Assessment

Mental health evaluations are performed by trained clinicians. Evaluations are available for both incarcerated and outpatient offenders. In addition to evaluations, clinicians may also make referrals for medications if needed. for incarcerated Offenders there is a $5 charge with GRF request for evaluation. There is no charge for a referral.

Behavior, Emotions, and Thinking (B.E.T.)
BET is an 12-week program designed to help offenders learn new skills to regulate behavior, emotions, and thinking. It is offered to outpatients and those who are incarcerated.

Grief and Loss
Grief and loss counseling is available for both incarcerated and outpatient offenders. It is designed to help offenders work through personal losses such as death, divorce, loss of children, abuse, or any other grief related issues.

Anger Management
Available while incarcerated or as an outpatient, Anger Management helps offenders learn effective ways of dealing with their wrath. This is an MRT based program, and is offered at no cost. 

Helping Offenders Parent Effectively (HOPE)

The HOPE program is available for incarcerated offenders and is offered by The Family Tree. It is a 12-week parenting program that includes bi-monthly contact visits with children ages 3-18. This program addresses parenting issues such as discipline, behavior patterns, communication skills, age-appropriate interaction, and how to spend quality time with children.

Moral Recognition Therapy (MRT)

MRT is offered to both incarcerated and outpatient offenders. It consists of an open-ended, 16-week program designed to help offenders understand negative behavior patterns and to take responsibility for their actions. Counseling is provided free of charge and only requires the purchase of a $10 book needed for the class.

The Work of Byron Katie

This is a self awareness process of investigating how one thinks and learns, and in doing so, learning how to take total responsibility for individual thoughts and actions.

Substance Abuse
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
Offenders can participate in treatment while incarcerated or as an outpatient. It is an open-ended self-help program designed to help offenders understand negative behavior patterns and to take personal responsibility for their actions.

Knowledge is the Effect (Project KITE)

KITE is a substance abuse treatment program available to incarcerated offenders. KITE participants meet twice a week for a period of 4-months. It is designed to prevent relapse through substance abuse education and offers relapse prevention counseling. It provides knowledge of community resources to help the offender maintain sobriety upon release. Once completed, graduates will be able to participate in an on-going relapse prevention group.


Acadiana Recovery and REHAB Center

 The REHAB program is a 6-month transitional housing and treatment program. It helps offenders to transition into the community without the potential for returning to jail. This program provides offenders with skills to remain abstinent from alcohol and drugs, handle stress, and gain and maintain employment. 

Acadiana Recovery Center Outpatient Services (ARCOS)

ARCOS is a 3-month substance abuse treatment program that meets four times a week either in the day or evening. While active in the program, clients are expected to attend 12-step meetings, recovery activities, and schedule weekly individual counseling sessions. Aftercare for up to one year will also be available. Cost: Clients must pay an initial enrollment fee of $50 and drug screening fees of $10 per week. Aftercare is also offered to graduates.

National Re-entry Resources Center FAQ on Mental Health & Substance Use Disorders

Juvenile Services


The Milestones Program addresses substance abuse issues of adolescents between the ages of 13-17. The program works to develop strategies to living a life without drugs. The program lasts eight to sixteen weeks depending on the individual’s needs and treatment process and is a combination of both individual and group sessions. Each referred adolescent is evaluated and a treatment plan is developed. The evaluation covers potential problem areas, such as, health, education, relationships, legal and mental health. Program services are offered once a week at the LPSO Community Corrections Campus.

Once a client is active in Milestones the adolescent requirements include one weekly 30 minute individual counseling session, one weekly (1) hour group counseling session, and weekly drug screens. The parent/guardian requirements include participation in the initial evaluation (noted above), responsibility for the adolescent transportation to required sessions, and availability for a family session to be scheduled prior to the adolescent completion of the Milestones program.

Parent/guardian will also be consulted if the adolescent Level of Care recommendation is adjusted due to continued substance abuse. For example, if an adolescent is not successful with progress leading to sustained elimination of substance abuse in the Milestones outpatient treatment program, the counselor may recommend referral to intensive outpatient or inpatient treatment to ensure best clinical treatment

Functional Family Therapy

Functional Family Therapy (FFT) is a short-term intervention program that targets students facing many of the same issues addressed by our other programs. FFT is unique in that the program includes members of the child’s family and other identified members of their social circle in helping address negative behaviors. The sessions which are over a three to four month period are conducted at home. FFT is a strength-based model that focuses on those risk and protective factors that impact the adolescent and his or her environment, both inside and outside the family. The program is constructed around an intervention program consisting of five major components in addition to pretreatment activities: The three phases of the model are:

  1. Engage and motivate youth and their families by decreasing the intense negativity (blaming, hopelessness) through respect, sensitivity, and positive re attribution techniques.
  2. Behavior Change: Reduce and eliminate the problem behaviors and accompanying family relational patterns through individualized behavior change interventions. During this phase FFT integrates a strong cognitive/attribution component into systematic skill-training in family communication, parenting, problem solving, and conflict management skills.
  3. Generalize changes across problem situations by increasing the family’s capacity to utilize multi-systemic community resources adequately, and to engage in relapse prevention.

The Acadiana Recovery and Rehabilitation Center and a variety of programs provided by the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office are accredited by CARF International, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities they include:

  • Intensive Outpatient Treatment Alcohol and other drugs/MH (Adults)
  • Outpatient Treatment :Integrated: Alcohol and other drugs/MH (Adults)
  • Outpatient Treatment :Integrated: Alcohol and other drugs/MH (Children and Adolescents)
  • Residential Treatment: Integrated: Alcohol and other drugs/MH (Adults) 



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