2006 Louisiana Laws - RS 28:772 — Funding of regional addictive disorder services

§772.  Funding of regional addictive disorder services

A.(1)  Funding for regional addictive disorder services as defined in Subsection B of this Section shall be allocated to each region according to a formula developed by the assistant secretary of the office for addictive disorders, promulgated in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act, and evaluated each year to determine necessary changes.

(2)  The formula developed by the office shall weigh certain elements in determining the formula.  The elements and their assigned weights are as follows:

(a)  Persons in poverty in a particular region shall be assigned a weight of twenty percent.

(b)  The population of persons in the age range of most potential service recipients in a region shall be assigned a weight of twenty percent.

(c)  The estimated number of adults in a region needing treatment for addictive disorders shall be assigned a weight of twenty percent.

(d)  Arrests determined to reflect the need for funds for addictive disorder services shall be assigned a weight of fifteen percent.

(e)  Rural composition of a region shall be assigned a weight of fifteen percent.

(f)  Teenage mothers in a region shall be assigned a weight of ten percent.

(3)  The formula shall also consider certain factors:

(a)  Regional programs shall be be held harmless in implementation of the formula.  Funding shall not be reduced for any region in order to shift funds to underserved regions.

(b)  Dollars follow clients who move from region to region.

(c)  Drug courts and other multiregional programs shall be identified and considered under the "dollars follow clients" policy.

(d)  Funding of programs which are statewide in nature shall not be included in formula funding comparisons.

(e)  The formula shall be used to identify underserved regions of the state and to target these regions with new or underutilized funds.

(f)  The formula shall not be applicable to statewide budget  reductions.

B.  "Regional addictive disorder services" shall include all treatment and prevention/education services provided in each region.

C.  The funding for multi-regional facilities shall not be included in the computation of the funds allocated and shall not be considered funding of regional addictive disorder services.

D.  In the event that the secretary or assistant secretary of the department determines that compliance with this Section would jeopardize federal funding, the secretary or assistant secretary may allocate more or fewer funds to one or more regions if such action is approved by the House and Senate Committees on Health and Welfare.

E.  The secretary or assistant secretary of the department shall submit an annual report to each member of the legislature listing the contractors and the amounts such contractors received for the provision of regional addictive disorder services and services provided through grants which were received through application by the regional office.

Acts 1995, No. 1166, §1, eff. July 1, 1996; Acts 1999, No. 339, §1; Acts 2000, 1st Ex. Sess., No. 117, §1.

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