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Substance Use Disorder

Beyond Opioids

Beyond Opioids is a statewide project led by Center for Arkansas Legal Services (CALS) and Legal Aid of Arkansas (Legal Aid) focused on providing FREE attorneys to Arkansans struggling with substance use disorder (SUD) in the family and needing assistance in civil, not criminal, matters. For more information visit the Beyond Opioids website.

Eligible clients can receive help from the Beyond Opioids Project by calling the VIP HelpLine: (479)-239-9048 directly or through a partner referral.

CALS and Legal Aid are the two legal aid programs in Arkansas that have been helping clients achieve financial stability, safe and affordable housing, consumer protection, and a stable family life through civil legal assistance for over fifty years. Together, they can help Arkansans and their families impacted by substance use disorder with the following legal issues, and more.  

  • Divorce 
  • Orders of Protection 
  • Guardianship 
  • Custody 
  • Visitation 
  • Housing 
  • Eviction Defense 
  • Housing Discrimination 
  • Foreclosure 
  • Criminal Record Sealing 
  • Bankruptcy 
  • Tax Controversies 
  • Scams 
  • Medicaid / Medicare and other insurance coverage for SUD 
  • SNAP 
  • Employment Issues 
  • Education 


In addition to staff attorneys, Beyond Opioids’ is supported by a consortium of SUD providers to ensure clients receive the prevention, treatment, and recovery services they need for better legal and health outcomes.

The project launched on 1 September 2020, funded by Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) under its “Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP)” program. RCORP is a multi-year initiative that addresses barriers to treatment for substance use disorder (SUD), including opioid use disorder (OUD).