ADAPT, INC

All Deserve Advocacy, Prevention & Treatment



Changing lives through education, one program at a time…

Mission:

The mission of ADAPT is to unite the community in providing resources and implementing prevention, intervention and post-intervention strategies to address the causal factors that lead to sexual assault, violence, substance abuse and other problem behaviors in Washington Parish.

Purpose:

The purpose of ADAPT is to provide a comprehensive center that offers advocacy, prevention and intervention services in the areas of sexual violence, substance abuse, and other problem behaviors of children and adults in Washington Parish. ADAPT strives to empower children, their parents, and other adults by providing knowledge and skills through its many programs and wide array of service. ADAPT stands ready to serve children and adults who are suffering as a result of sexual violence, substance abuse or any other problem behavior. ADAPT encourages our community to strengthen their prevention efforts through collaboration with schools, churches and community organizations.

Goals:

1. To prevent child abuse and neglect before it happens by delivering research based prevention programs. 2. To provide child abuse prevention and direct services to victims which includes a variety of programs and services.3. To provide sexual assault prevention and direct services to assault victims which includes: operating a 24/7 crisis hotline; providing hospital and law enforcement victim advocates 24/7; providing sexual assault information, prevention education, professional training, awareness campaigns, inter-agency collaboration, and victim support and counseling.4. To provide prevention and educational services targeting substance abuse.

Community Event

ADAPT will be holding a festival style event at Cassidy Park on June 26th from 10-5. This event is designed to educate the public about services offered in our area. There will be many different agencies/organizations present. There is no cost to any agencies or organization that would like to educate/inform about their services. There will be a $20 registration fee for vendors that are selling items; i.e. arts and crafts and food vendors. The registration fee will go towards prizes to be given away at the end of the event. A fun run through the park will start off the day. We will have several dance studios doing routines; these are broke down into 15 minute slots with a 10 minute break in-between for agencies to speak about their programs.

Find out more about substance abuse and misuse

Sexual Assault Center Opens New Location in Franklinton

Rusty Fornea, Executive Director at ADAPT, Inc., cuts the ribbon signifying the opening of the ADAPT satellite office in Franklinton. Partners gathered to show support.

ADAPT, Inc./Washington Parish Sexual Assault Center (WPSAC) is excited to announce the opening of it’s new location at 1007 Cleveland Street in Franklinton. WPSAC has serviced the needs of victims and their families of sexual assault and domestic violence in Washington Parish since 1990. The addition of the Franklinton location will enhance the availability of services throughout our parish.

Services offered to victims of sexual assault include but are not limited to: 24/7 crisis hotline, victim advocacy, law enforcement and hospital accompaniment, criminal justice accompaniment, assistance with protective orders, individual and group counseling, assistance with victim reparations, and more. Counseling and referral services are offered to victims of domestic violence. All services are provided FREE of charge.

ADAPT partners with many agencies to offer the very best services. Some partners who were present at the grand opening of the Franklinton Office include: Warren Montgomery, District Attorney; Shea Penton, Assistant District Attorney; Tommie Sorrell, District Attorney’s Office; Brent Jones, WPSO Chief Civil Deputy; Mitchell Murphy, WPSO; Geoff Crowe, WPSO; Paula Charles, Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS); Theresa Robertson, SLLS; Camille Kinsey, SLLS; Rafael Castro, LAFASA; Peter Sullivan, Riverside Medical Center; Jimmy Seibert, Riverside Medical Center; Tren Garbo, Our Lady of Angels Hospital; Linda Mizell, Representative Malinda White’s Office; Penny Jones, Senator Beth Mizell’s Office; Dawn Hawkins, Capital District Law Enforcement Planning Council; Johnny D. Crain, Clerk of Court; Richard Thomas, Jr., Parish President; Donna Graham, Parish Government; Terry Morgan, Parish Government; Ken Wheat, Parish Government; Jimbo Stevenson, Washington Parish Assessor; Sherry Martin, Assessor’s Office; Chase Anderson, Anderson’s Law Firm; Sheila Palmisano, Anderson’s Law Firm. Representatives from ADAPT that were present include: Rusty Fornea, Leslie Holmes, Pam Helton, Tracy Gill, Dana Walker, Suzette Nielson, Tiffany Crain, and Terri McMillan.

The Washington Parish Sexual Assault Center has helped many people overcome the pain and trauma associated with sexual assault. Our services are confidential, call us at 985-732-4961 to learn what we can do to help. Whether the assault is done by a stranger, friend, or relative makes no difference. No one has the right to sexually assault you.

If you have questions or would like to set up an appointment please contact us: Franklinton - 1007 Cleveland Street, (985) 322-2085; Bogalusa - 216 Memphis Street, (985) 735-0160; 24/7 Crisis Hotline – (985) 732-4961; visit us on the web at www.adaptwp.org then click on sexual assault link or email us at info@adaptwp.org.

ADAPT GAMBLING ad 2021.pdf
ADAPT vaping ad 2021.pdf

Rhonda Gunnell, PFS Program Coordinator, and Ginger Champagne, Epidemiologist, presents a check for $500 to Mt. Hermon Principal, Dawn Seal. Pictured left to right: Gunnell, Seal, Champagne

Schools Benefit From Partnership for Success

Through the Partnership for Success (PFS) grant, ADAPT has partnered closely with parish and city schools. Each school has received a $500 incentive check to be used with their PBIS program. Mini billboards have been posted near the entrance of each school with the message, “I Choose Education Over Drugs.” School teachers have been trained as facilitators to implement Life Skills Training in grades 7 and 8, and Generation Rx in grades 9 and 10. ADAPT is working with State Troopers to provide the “Sudden Impact” program to all 10th graders. ADAPT works diligently to educate our youth about the dangers of alcohol and substance abuse through the PFS grant and Drug Free Communities (DFC) grant. For additional information contact Rhonda Gunnell or Ginger Champagne at (985) 735-0160.

Rusty Fornea interviews with Washington Parish Community Connect - click here to view.

Fall Survey Coming Soon

Fall-Winter 2019 CADCA Newsletter.pdf

WP Youth Coalition Featured in National CADCA Publication

Washington Parish Youth Coalition has been featured on the cover of the national CADCA December newsletter. This national recognition is a prestigious accomplishment. LaDerrick Smith is featured on pages 10-11 for his continued work across the nation. We are making a difference in our community and nationally. To read more, click the newsletter on the left.

NEWS: Increasing the minimum age of sale for tobacco products to at least 21 years old will significantly reduce youth tobacco use and save thousands of lives. Read more here.

LA Opioid Action Summit

Rusty Fornea and LaDarrick Smith co-present along with Generation RX at the LA Opioid Action Summit at The Harbor Center in Slidell, LA.

Rusty Fornea, ADAPT CEO, presents at the Louisiana Opioid Action Summit along with LaDarrick Smith. Opioids are a serious issue in our communities. It was good to see local, state, federal agencies and professionals so involved in working towards prevention and treatment

Serving Our Community

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Riverside Medical Center Tailgate - WPYC members educating the community on the dangers of drug use.

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Bogalusa High School, Franklinton High School and Varnado High School Washington Parish Youth Coalition members at work bringing awareness to students, faculties and parents.

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Washington Parish Free Fair

Washington Parish Youth Coalition members, sponsors, and the ADAPT team making an impact at the Washington Parish Free Fair by educating the community on addiction. We are changing Washington Parish one event at a time. Contact us for more information.

Interested in learning the truth about opiate addiction?

"You can’t maintain an opiate addiction and a normal life for very long ." Dr. Bassam

Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict

LaDerrik Smith, CADCA Youth Trainer, represented Washington Parish's Youth Coalition in Grapevine, Texas as part of CADCA's 18th Annual Mid-Year Training Institute. Smith, along with fellow attendees, share their thoughts and stories.

Our Story

ADAPT, INC, a non-profit organization, offers sexual assault and domestic violence services, personal and pre-employment drug screens, individual or group counseling and a variety of prevention programs for the betterment of our community. ADAPT, INC offers a variety of prevention programs for the betterment of the community and educates on the use of underage drinking, non medical prescription drug abuse and opioid use. ADAPT, INC is a Louisiana Partnerships for Success partner.