WHAT IS THE FRIENDS OF LAFOURCHE DRUG COURT FOUNDATION?
The Friends of Lafourche Drug Court Foundation is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization developed to support the Lafourche Parish Drug Treatment Court program and operate as a separate funding entity. Its primary purpose is to provide supplementary funding for the development of the drug court program. Presently, the Friends of Lafourche Drug Court Foundation is primarily funding specialized assessment and treatment for clients.
Established 1999 and Incorporated 2001 Tax ID Number: EIN #72-1508388
WHY IS THE FOUNDATION NECESSARY?
Primary funding for the Drug Court comes from the Louisiana Supreme Court. This provides for standard treatment and day-to-day operations. Some of our clients, especially women, have been traumatized or victimized as children or adults. The Friends Foundation funds assessment and treatment that is beyond the scope of the Drug Court substance abuse treatment program
We also fund reinforcement for responsible behavior. In addition to the praise and social incentives counselors give, tangible rewards, are especially effective to reinforce the participant’s new life without the “rewards” of drug use and street life. We want them to see a world that rewards positive behaviors and to develop “positive addictions” (work, family, hobbies, etc.) to replace their negative addictions (drugs and street life). Once positive behaviors are established, it’s best to replace tangible rewards with social rewards. Ultimately, we learn to reward ourselves – behaviors become internalized and we come to think of them as “the way I am.”
The Board is able to fund any legitimate cost that supports effective operation of the drug court. For example, it funds the graduation ceremony for those who complete the rigorous program.
Picture (front row) Rodney Hartman, Dana Adams, Marty Dufrene, Leslie Usey (back row) Erin Gravois, Emily Knight, Roxanne Ledet, Elrick Nelson
Dana Adams, Chairman of Board Marty Dufrene, Secretary of Board
Tabitha Chiasson, Treasurer of Board Rodney Hartman, Board Member
Leslie Usey, Board Member Emily Knight, Board Member
Bonnie Loker, Board Member Desirae Chiasson, Board Member
Bonnie Fortson, Board Member Andie Bollinger, Board Member
Charlotte Bollinger, Board Member
Lafourche Parish Drug Court Staff: Ex-Officio Board Members
Elrick Nelson, Coordinator LP Drug Court
Erin Gravois, Treatment Director
Roxanne Ledet, Office Manager
Nancy Rodrigue, (Retired)