Licking County Alcoholism Prevention Program

Serving The Community Since 1968

About LAPP

Hello! I’m Jim Takacs, LAPP’s Executive Director and I would like to personally welcome you to our website.

At LAPP we believe that people can recover from both alcohol and other drug addiction and mental health issues. When people enter into recovery the strain on both family and the communities are alleviated. By providing integrated behavioral health services, employing evidenced best practice models such as Stage Wise Treatment and using Motivational Interviewing techniques we have been able to enhance treatment outcomes. The Stage Wise Treatment modality is based on the premise that counselors start where the client is in terms of values, beliefs, goals, and life experiences and it recognizes the power of using these differences to enhance change.

LAPP provides a myriad of “safety net” outpatient integrated behavioral health programming services to the Licking County area at a low cost to thousands of persons in the community. Our website provides a wealth of information about our services and how to access them. I encourage you to read more about our programs on the pages of this website in order to have a better understanding of the vital work we do.

We look forward to hearing from you, and to working with you. Together, we will succeed.


Jim Takacs

Executive Director


To provide integrated treatment and recovery services for individuals and families experiencing behavioral health issues including alcohol and drug-related problems


To be recognized as the leader in providing “first class” outpatient services to individuals and families
within Central Ohio

LAPP (the Licking County Alcoholism Prevention Program) was originally founded by the United Way of Licking County. At the time, the agency had one part-time person working for it. The program has operated continuously since 1968 and the budget has grown to well over a million dollars per year. The number of staff has varied over the years but is usually around 25-35 full and part time employees.

The program is governed by a Board of Directors selected from the community and it is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) agency and is registered as a not-for-profit corporation in the State of Ohio.

LAPP generally sees over 1200 new clients per year.

Over the years the agency has developed a significant number of new and innovative programs in the community including, but not limited to, the Step One Program at the Licking County Justice Center, the Options 72 Hour Driver Intervention Program, a comprehensive gender-specific women’s program that was the first in the county, some of the first prevention programs in the county, an intensive outpatient program, employee assistance programs (EAP), Department of Transportation services, drug-free workplace programs and training for other organizations, the first youth treatment program in the county and other similar services.

In addition to the direct treatment services that LAPP provides, LAPP is also heavily involved with the Community Intervention Alliance, OVI Court and the Licking County Intervention for Treatment, Specialized Docket Programs.

The agency is primarily located in the old Keller School building at 62 East Stevens Street in Newark, Ohio, but also has a satellite office in Pataskala, Ohio. In addition, the LAPP staff can do home visits and we also provide services in schools, jails and other areas.

The agency has grown to be the second largest social service agency that contracts with Mental Health & Recovery for Licking & Knox Counties and probably serves the second largest number of persons in the system. The program is currently certified by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, is accredited by CARF International and is a member in good standing with all funding sources.