A town hall meeting, billed at as an “educational briefing”, was held Wednesday (September 7, 2022) evening at the Bogalusa High School Auditorium regarding Behavioral Health Group's proposed Opioid Treatment Program/Methadone Clinic.
The two-hour meeting was attended by Mayor Perrette, members of the Bogalusa Council, Parish President Thomas, members of the Parish Council, Senator Mizell, Representative White, and other elected officials. Otherwise, less than a hundred from the public was in attendance.
BHG representatives provided information about the the company, the services they currently provide at five locations in Louisiana and at numerous locations across the United States, and the services they plan to provide at the proposed location in Bogalusa. They also responded to questions from the public.
Opposition, especially as to location, to the proposed OTP/Methadone Clinic has been voiced at recent Bogalusa Council meetings and on social media. BHG Chief Development Officer Dwight Mussleman recognized and addressed the community's concerns, indicating that BHG would work with the City and community to be a good corporate citizen. At one point during the meeting, Mussleman responded to a question about the location. Musseleman indicated that abandoning the proposed location on Avenue B would not be financially feasible as it would cost BHG close to $750,000.
See the video for all that was said.