LOUISIANA'S LEADING VOICE FOR PREVENTION & TREATMENT SERVICES
The mission of the Coalition of Louisiana Addiction Services & Prevention Providers (CLASPP), a statewide association of substance use disorder treatment provider agencies, is to enhance prevention and addiction recovery services in Louisiana through education, awareness, and advocacy.
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OUR FOCUS AREAS
EDUCATION & AWARENESS
Our coalition serves as a communication bridge for providers across the state to engage and share information. Provider engagement and the wealth of expertise it affords is what makes CLASPP so dynamic.
We conduct research on drug and alcohol issues and monitor policy activity at local, state, federal, and international levels to keep Louisiana providers apprised of current and emerging trends in addiction prevention and treatment. This work uniquely qualifies CLASPP to help educate key decision makers and increase awareness around issues and needs in the substance use treatment field.
By way of our weekly newsletter, meetings, trainings, and roundtables, CLASPP provides a forum for discourse and keeps the public informed about policies and issues impacting addiction treatment and the communities we serve.
ADVOCACY IN ACTION
We work with policymakers and allied stakeholder groups to advocate for quality, accessible treatment services to meet the growing community need.
Our association maintains a strong, visible presence in both Baton Rouge and Washington D.C., engaging actively with government agencies, legislative bodies and other state and national stakeholder groups to advance policy changes that positively impact addiction service delivery. CLASPP has registered advocates representing provider interests at both state and national levels.
Whether in engaging policymakers, state and federal agencies, or the general public, our work in elevating unique needs from within the field directly impacts public policy, so that provider agencies may be better equipped to take on challenges in a rapidly evolving behavioral health landscape.
FUNDING & SUPPORT
In closely monitoring legislative activities and working collaboratively with state partners, we work to ensure funding for treatment services is maintained, no matter the political climate. Our primary advocacy priorities are around funding for providers, whether in terms of workforce recruitment and retention, infrastructure needs like bricks and mortar, rate increases, or other pressing issues that affect addiction services.
We strive to help identify improvements to current efforts and craft new and creative initiatives to address substance misuse, and work continuously to maintain and expand funding for addiction prevention, education, and treatment services. Additionally, CLASPP engagement within national groups allows for the benefit of knowledge in terms of effective uses of funding from providers in other states.
Information about key funding and grant opportunities is shared with providers as it is received, and can also be found in the CLASPP weekly newsletter.