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NORTHEAST DELTA HUMAN SERVICES AUTHORITY ANNOUNCES FREE WEBINARS ON OPIOIDS, BULLYING, GRIEF, COVID-19 RECOVERY, AND ADVERSE CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES (ACES)

MONROE, LA – To continue building stronger communities, one person at a time, Northeast Delta Human Services Authority is adapting services to meet the community’s behavioral, physical, mental, and social health needs. Focusing on recovery during social distancing and other issues enhanced by COVID-19, Northeast Delta HSA is announcing a free Zoom training webinar series June 16-June 29, 2020, for health professionals, first responders, and the general public. The webinars’ topics include opioid prevention, coalition building, bullying, grief management, COVID-19 resiliency, and Adverse Childhood Experiences.

“This pandemic is increasing the level of anxiety and trauma in our region, especially for those who were already dealing with mental illness, developmental disability, addiction, and primary health challenges,” said Dr. Monteic A. Sizer, executive director of Northeast Delta. “As the region’s safety net service provider, it is essential for us to do everything we can to help people remain hopeful, informed, and focused on our collective recovery efforts.”

Northeast Delta Prevention and Wellness staff will facilitate the webinar series with the 12 parishes currently serviced by the agency as well as the state. Individuals interested in CEUs will incur a nominal fee of $5.00 for each CEU, sponsored by Louisiana Substance Abuse Counselors and Trainers (LASACT) through Addictive Disorder Regulatory Authority (ADRA).

Delivered via Zoom technology, presenters will take live questions from participants throughout the webcast. This webinar series will educate and raise community awareness on issues enhanced by COVID-19, indicated in the training content towards strengthening public demand for integrated behavioral health and wellness interventions.

“We realize that many in our region look to Northeast Delta Human Services Authority as a trusted resource for credible information, evidence-based programs, and guidance,” said Sizer. “We have developed a series of essential webinars for those who count on us. Our region’s people must know that we will be here for them, providing them the necessary tools, resources, programs, and encouragement they need to stay informed, safe, and encouraged.”

The topics, times, and presenters of the webinars are as follows:

How to Save a Life: Opioid Overdose Prevention and Narcan Rescue
Presenter: Kara Jackson Etienne, LMSW
Tuesday, June 16 at 11:00 am CST – 12:00 pm CST

The Power of Prevention & Coalitions: A Discussion on Bullying & Beyond
Presenters: Chanda Hunter & Julia Albritton
Thursday, June 18 at 11:00 am CST – 12:00 pm CST

Transforming Grief Talk: The Role of Grief and Loss in Addiction Recovery
Presenter: Nena Littleberry, LMSW
Tuesday, June 23 at 1:00 pm CST – 2:00 pm CST

How to Adapt, Cope and Respond to COVID-19
Presenters: Kara Jackson Etienne, LMSW and Dr. Avius Carroll
Thursday, June 25 at 1:00 pm CST – 2:00 pm CST

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Talk
Presenter: Dr. Avius Carroll
Monday, June 29 at 1:00 pm CST – 2:00 pm CST

Webinar registration is available at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/northeast-delta-hsaprevention-and-wellness-webinars-tickets-107848509796

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Northeast Delta Human Services Authority manages the operation of community-based programs to improve the quality of life for individuals with major mental illness, developmental disabilities, and addictive disorders. Northeast Delta accomplishes this by utilizing a nationally recognized and integrative approach that identifies and addresses behavioral and primary health care needs. Our agency operates through collaboration with regional partners in business, prevention, education, and care in 12 parishes (Caldwell, East Carroll, West Carroll, Ouachita, Lincoln, Madison, Franklin, Morehouse, Jackson, Tensas, Richland, and Union). Northeast Delta is devoted to delivering programs and services that encourage citizens of northeast Louisiana to reach their full human potential. Three tenets guide these efforts: excellent customer service, greater access to services, and competent, quality care.

Northeast Delta Human Services Authority Media Contact
Alan Scherry – Public Relations Officer
Email: alan.scherry@la.gov

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Dr. Monteic A. Sizer

Dr. Monteic A. Sizer serves as Executive Director of Northeast Delta Human Services Authority (Northeast Delta HSA). He joined the organization in May 2013 as its first Executive Director. He is uniquely qualified to advocate on behalf of citizens located in the twelve Northeast Delta HSA parishes he represents because he exemplifies how people can meet their greatest human potential based on accountability, integrity and a willingness to engage in their own lives.

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