The History of River Region Human Services

JDAP-300x192River Region Human Services, Inc. (RRHS) began in 1972 as a private, non-profit 501-(c)-3 corporation, to provide a complete range of substance abuse prevention, intervention, and treatment services for persons living in Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, and St. Johns counties. RRHS has been licensed by the Department of Children and Family Services since incorporation, and is registered with the Secretary of State and the City of Jacksonville as a charitable organization.

River Region’s origins can be traced to the late 1960s. Housed in a hotel near the old train station in Jacksonville, the Life Drug Treatment Program provided prevention services and residential, outpatient and methadone treatment to the community. In 1972, 21 different substance abuse programs in the Jacksonville area were combined into one agency and the Jacksonville Drug Abuse Program (later River Region Human Services) was established. Federal grants provided most of the funding needed to operate the agency, however, the City of Jacksonville also invested in the drug and alcohol treatment and prevention services.

Today, River Region has a team of professionals dedicated to the support of individuals and families in the community. Led by our volunteer board of directors, River Region has an active quality improvement system and is constantly seeking  ways to deliver services more efficiently and with better outcomes.