Tangipahoa Alcohol & Drug Abuse Council
 (TADAC) 


Working to decrease alcohol, tobacco and other drug use by young people through
drug prevention education, parent education, resources and support.

Serving Livingston, St. Helena and Tangipahoa Parishes

About TADAC

The Tangipahoa Alcohol & Drug Abuse Council (TADAC), a non-profit 501(c)3 agency, operating a licensed community-based alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention program in Hammond, Louisiana.


MISSON

To decrease alcohol, tobacco and other drug use by young people through drug prevention education, parent education, resources and support.

TADAC Staff

Vickie Smith - Executive Director
Wendy Coleman - Program Specialist
Becca Abel - Program Assistant

TADAC History

The Tangipahoa Alcohol & Drug Abuse Council (TADAC), formerly know as the Substance Abuse Advisory Council (SAAC), was formed by concerned citizens on October 21, 1983.  Initially the group focused on getting information to the public regarding 12-step programs in the area, training individuals in intervention techniques and disseminating prevention materials & information.  In 1991, the agency changed its name from Substance Abuse Advisory Council (SAAC) to Tangipahoa Alcohol & Drug Abuse Council (TADAC).


Over the years TADAC’s staff has been small ranging from one employee to its current staff of professionals.  Though small in numbers, the TADAC staff is strong in commitment and dedication.  The current staff consists of an Executive Director, an Administrative Assistant and currently two Program Specialists.  Approximately 2000 hours of volunteer service are provided by TADAC’s Administrative Board, Southeastern Louisiana University Intern and Work Study students and various community volunteers each year.

TADAC has been involved in the development and delivery of over 20 alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention education classes; several research based model prevention programs for students; anger management classes for adults and young people; nearly 25 parent enrichment classes; faculty & staff inservice meetings; the Family Support Series (for Office of Mental Health clients); the Summer FUN Guide and Summer FUNtastic program; three major awareness campaigns:  National Red Ribbon Celebration, National Drunk & Drugged Driving Month and National Alcohol Awareness Month; Fetal Alcohol Syndrome & Fetal Alcohol Effects mini-conferences; the Safe Homes program; SYNAR: a program to reduce youth access to tobacco; Face the Facts!: an underage drinking prevention program; the Miller Memorial Library Family Resource Center with over 6000 resources, on-going parent enrichment classes; The Mouse Pad public use computer lab, and an annual “Building a Learning Community” Family Life Conference.

TADAC’s services have been funded by the United Way serving Tangipahoa, Louisiana Governor’s Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities Grant, State of Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals (DHH) Office for Addictive Disorders Federal Block Grant, State of Louisiana DHH Office of Mental Health, United State Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Louisiana Children’s Trust Fund, Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living, local fund raisers, donations and program fees.

The Tangipahoa Alcohol & Drug Abuse Council (TADAC) has seen much growth with the move to the Miller Memorial Library building serving as the catalyst for constant and future growth.

Current Funding Sources

Federal Block Grants through Florida Parishes Human Services Authority Addictive Disorders Services/Prevention, In-Kind Donations, Volunteer Service, Fund Raising, Donations and Program Fees
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