When Parish President J. Mitchell Ourso Jr. asked residents to rate their concerns for the parish, drug abuse was consistently at the top of the list.
Through Mr. Ourso's efforts, funding for this parish's first substance abuse treatment center was acquired. In the seven years of its existence, the Iberville Parish Substance Abuse Center (IPSAC) has grown in size and the services provided. Since its inception, IPSAC has provided assessment, treatment and support services to more than 2,000 Iberville residents, and more than 5,000 Iberville Parish students have participated in the Center's prevention program.
FUNDING & FEES
The Iberville Parish Substance Abuse Center is funded through grants from the Iberville Parish Council and the Capital Area Human Services District, the 18th Judicial District Court, Plaquemine City Court and client fees. Less than 30% of the total funding of IPSAC comes from the taxes of Iberville residents. It has been estimated that the successful substance abuse treatment of six people (thus keeping them out of the criminal justice system) will save Iberville taxpayers more money than the parish provides for the operation of IPSAC.
The treatment program is funded primarily through grants from the parish and state. Client fees are on a "sliding fee scale" and no one is denied treatment because of an inability to pay.