Lafayette's Acadiana Recovery Center will soon undergo a change of hands. Currently Consolidated Government runs the locally state funded program. But now LCG wants to hand it over to the sheriff's office.
By March 6, The Lafayette Consolidated Government would like to officially be hands off when it comes to the Acadiana Recovery Center on West Vermilion Street. The proposed move involves the state funds that will follow the program and the deletion of 19 ARC positions.
Patricia Leyendecker is the director of LCG'S Community Development Department, which is the branch of LCG that manages the Acadiana Recovery Center. Leyendecker says the sheriff's office has a program that provides the same services. "We have done a good job with it, but they can continue it."
The introductory ordinance includes eliminating 19 positions at the center - four of which are vacant. Leyendecker and the sheriff's office say those workers will be considered for the same positions, but as sheriff's office employees."The people in those positions will no longer be LCG employees, so we have to abolish those positions because we won't have the program anymore."
Leyendecker notes that the sheriff's office is capable of handling the extra program. She acknowledges that the sheriff's office is making great strides in rehab services and LCG wants to get ARC on board.