The Wellspring has been accredited by the Louisiana Foundation Against Sexual Assault (LaFASA) as a Level Three Sexual Assault Center for its services in the following parishes: Ouachita, Morehouse, Caldwell, East Carroll, West Carroll, Madison, Tensas, Richland, and Franklin. Level Three Accreditation is achieved by meeting the highest standards and depth of services established by LaFASA. Only four out of the 11 Sexual Assault Centers in Louisiana have achieved this level of accreditation for the current accreditation cycle that goes through June 30, 2020.

This remarkable achievement reflects the strength of the agency including the foundation of sound business practices and policies, dedication and effectiveness of its staff, depth of services it offers across the entire service area, and the strength of its community collaborations. Effective, victim-centered, trauma-informed work that holds offenders accountable requires strong community partnerships and multi-agency collaborations.

“The Wellspring has been committed to building and strengthening these partnerships throughout Northeast Louisiana for decades and is grateful for the dedication of our partners working with us to ultimately end sexual violence,” said The Wellspring Professional Services Director Lisa Longenbaugh, LPC, LMFT. “Through our programming and collaborative partnerships we are able to provide a 24/7 hotline, crisis response, counseling, group support, medical and legal advocacy, community referrals, outreach, primary prevention education and allied professionals training.”

Level Three centers are funded at a higher rate to support the higher level of service. LaFASA Executive Director Rafael de Castro said, “The Wellspring has achieved Level Three accreditation in the face of limited federal funding and zero state dollars for sexual violence prevention or survivor services. This accomplishment is due to the dedicated advocates, prevention educators, and other staff and volunteers who are committed to preventing sexual violence, serving survivors, holding perpetrators accountable, and ensuring that systems (such as law enforcement, the courts, workplaces, schools, and places of worship) are responsive to victims’ needs. The sexual violence program at The Wellspring has grown tremendously, and they have earned this accreditation level.”