Louisiana Act 384 merged mental health, developmental disability and addictive disorder services (or co-occurring disorders) into Local Governing Entities (LGEs) as of July 1, 2010. Northeast Delta HSA is one of 10 independent LGEs. Each LGE is administered by an Executive Director who reports to a local board of community volunteers. Each LGE remains part of the Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals, but not in a direct reporting line to the Louisiana Office of Behavioral Health. Northeast Delta HSA serves the same 12 parishes in northeast Louisiana that its former “Region 8” organization served: Caldwell, East Carroll, Franklin, Jackson, Lincoln, Madison, Morehouse, Ouachita, Richland, Tensas, Union and West Carroll.
The LGE model was created to better serve citizen’s individual and shared needs. LGEs eliminate the duplication of services and increase the desire to form community partnerships. This model affords greater accountability and responsiveness and provides the services most needed within local communities.
NE Delta HSA is governed by a 17-member board that meets on a monthly basis. It is composed of members that represent the HSA’s 12 parishes. The board is an initiator of policy and uses the expertise of individual board members to enhance the ability of the board as a body rather than to substitute individual judgments for the board’s values. The board represents NE Delta HSA in determining appropriate performance and it provides a link to NE Delta HSA in the community.
The purpose of the board, on behalf of NE Delta HSA, is to see that NE Delta HSA: