• Beyond Opioids Project

    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.

  • CALS and Legal Aid are the two legal aid programs in Arkansas 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 help in the following matters and more.

    Family Law

    • Divorce

    • Orders of Protection

    • Guardianship

    • Custody and Visitation


    • Eviction Defense

    • Housing Discrimination

    • Foreclosure

    • Landlord/Tenant Dispute

    Consumer Protection

    • Criminal Record Sealing

    • Bankruptcy

    • Tax Controversies

    • SCAMS

    Public Benefit

    • Medicaid / Medicare

    • SNAP

    • Employment Issues

    • Education

  • To learn about a complete list of services that each law firm provides, please visit their websites. Eligible clients can receive help from a free attorney by calling 479-239-9048 directly or through a partner referral.

    In addition to staff attorneys, Beyond Opioids’ is supported by a consortium of SUD providers to ensure that our clients receive the prevention, treatment, and recovery services that 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).


  • Client Resources

    A person whose family is struggling with substance use disorder (SUD) may be eligible to receive a free attorney in civil matters. To find out, please call our VIP Line at 479-239-9048.


    Our VIP line has an auto attendant that determines which law firm (CALS or Legal Aid) will handle the case after the caller shares the name of the county in which they live. The caller will be automatically directed to the law firm’s HelpLine where an Intake Worker will determine if the caller is financially eligible to receive a free attorney or whether we can help with the legal problem. An eligible caller will receive legal information, advice, or limited or full representation after being interviewed by an attorney.

  • Partner Resources

    ALL substance use disorder (SUD) service providers in Arkansas are welcome and strongly encouraged to refer their patients and clients to Beyond Opioids who need but can’t afford an attorney in civil matters. Use this form to make a referral.


    SUD providers who are consortium members are given access to wide-ranging supportive services such as technical assistance in their prevention, treatment, and recovery activities. They are given access to free training and a curated list of funding opportunities. More important, clients referred by consortium members are given priority over other callers.


    To join Beyond Opioids as a consortium member, contact:

    Helen Gratil
    Project Director
    (479) 326-7027

  • Publications

    Stigma and negative bias is a potently destructive barrier for people struggling with addiction in terms of getting help. Beyond Opioids joins other SUD providers in raising awareness on what each of us can do by launching “Say This, Not That,” a social media campaign focusing on the use of person-first language, as well as terms to avoid to reduce stigma and negative bias when discussing addiction.

    “Say This, Not That” is a collection of ten videos that suggest alternative terms for harmful words commonly used in our community when discussing addiction. We release one video per week on our consortium members’ social media platforms to spread the word from March through May.

    You may access published videos below and we ask your assistance in spreading the word by sharing these videos on social media. 

  • Calendar of Events

    Dates of Consortium Meetings

    April 12

    May 10

    June 14

    July 14

    August 9

    September 13

    October 11

    November 8

    December 13

  • Contact Us


    Call 479-239-9048 to access our services.


    Partners and Media

    To join Beyond Opioids as a consortium member or all other questions regarding the project, contact:

    Helen Gratil
    Project Director
    (479) 326-7027