Holden and rehab center in dispute over money

Holden and rehab center in dispute over money
Louisiana Politics

POSTED: Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - 8:44pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 11:14am

"The numbers are overwhelming. The types of drugs that out there are lethal and extremely addictive. You can look up and down Florida Boulevard and know exactly what I'm talking about," says Blake McGehee.

McGehee is the president of the board of the Baton Rouge Area Alcohol and Drug Center. He says the numbers are so out of control that they need to build a new facility, just to try and keep up. That's why he and B.R.A.A.D.C. applied for and received a $200,000 loan to do do just that. But now they say the Mayor-President is trying to pull the rug out from under them.

"Our relations with the mayor's office  seemed to change a little bit when we had the issue of last year where some of the money that was allocated for the other things went to us," says McGehee.

That other thing was $300,000. Money that the Mayor-President  had budgeted to go towards  the Bayou Country Superfest instead went to the Rehab Center and other juvenile services.

"The debate last year whether we wanted to take money dedicated to the Bayou Country Superfest. For a $300,000 investment you get $30 million back. I think that's a pretty good investment," says Mayor-President Kip Holden.

But McGehee says that money is better spent on those who need it most.

"When you've got homeless addicted people  on the street that adds to the problem with crime without question."

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