A local drug treatment center is doing its part to get homeless families off the streets.
The Bossier Treatment Center's Family Success Institute helps mothers stay off drugs, while still caring for their children.
It's unique because it's one of few treatment centers in the state to accept pregnant women.
The institute is a residential facility with 13 beds.
The beds are for women and their children as long as they are 12 years old or under. The women have to get the drugs or alcohol out of their system and have Medicaid before they can enter the program. There's also daycare for the toddlers and babies.
"Women actually come in treatment at a much slower pace or slower rate than men because they don’t have daycare or supportive families,” said Bill Rose, Executive Director of the Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse of Northwest Louisiana, the non-profit that runs the facility.
While undergoing treatment, the women receive therapy and parenting skills. They also receive help finding a job or getting their GED.
Bill Rose said many of the women have drug and alcohol addictions, but they’re seeing an increase in women with meth and pain medication addictions.
If the women were not in the treatment facility, Rose said some of them would be homeless with their children, out on the streets prostituting or participating in criminal activity.
The program is funded through Louisiana’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. This fiscal year it received $350,620.