BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals' Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) will hold a series of statewide and regional forums to educate Louisiana residents about the addictive disorders programs offered in their communities.

"These forums are a great opportunity for our staff to go out across the state to get an understanding of the needs and concerns of the citizens," said Pete Calamari, interim assistant secretary for the Office of Behavioral Health. "We want to understand their concerns and make them aware of the treatment and prevention programs and services available in their communities."

The public forums are held annually to give Louisiana residents the opportunity to interact with local addiction services providers and learn about the services that are available in the area. The first community forum will take place Wednesday, February 23, in Monroe and others will take place across the state through April. Click here to see the regional schedule online or visit Office of Behavioral Health website at www.obh.dhh.la.gov.

The complete schedule of forums is as follows:

Wednesday, February 23
OBH Region 8 (Northeast Louisiana)
First United Methodist Church
3900 Loop Road
Monroe
10:00am - noon

Thursday, February 24
Jefferson Parish Human Services Authority

Celebration Church
2701 Transcontinental Dr.
Metairie
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Thursday, March 3
OBH Region 7 (Northwest Louisiana)
Brentwood Hospital
1006 Highland Avenue
Shreveport
10:15am - 12:15pm

Friday, March 4
OBH Region 6 (Central Louisiana)
Pineville Community Center
708 Main Street
Pineville
8:00am (breakfast)
9:00am - 11:00am

Monday, March 14
South Central Louisiana Human Services Authority
Terrebonne Library North Branch
4130 West Park Avenue
Gray
10:00am - noon

Tuesday, March 15
Capitol Area Human Services District
State Archives Building
3851 Essen Lane
Baton Rouge
1:30pm - 3:30pm

Monday, March 28
OBH Region 4 (Acadiana)
Clifton Chenier Center
220 B Willow Street
Lafayette
3:00pm - 5:00pm

Tuesday, March 29
OBH Region 5 (Southwest Louisiana)
Central School of Arts and Humanities Center
809 Kirby Street
Lake Charles
10:00am - noon

Wednesday, March 30
Metropolitan Human Services District
Holy Angels
3500 St. Claude
New Orleans
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Friday, April 8
Florida Parishes Human Services Authority
St. Tammany Parish Council Chambers
21490 Koop Drive
Mandeville
9:00am - 11:00am

The Louisiana Department of Health strives to protect and promote health statewide and to ensure access to medical, preventive and rehabilitative services for all state citizens. To learn more about LDH, visit http://www.dhh.louisiana.gov. For up-to-date health information, news and emergency updates, follow LDH's blog at www.myhealthla.org, Twitter at http://twitter.com/La_Health_Dept and on Facebook at  http://www.facebook.com/LaHealthDept.