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We offer an extensive network of services for citizens living in our 12-parish region. Our special initiatives allow us to partner with local organizations, bring about non-traditional change and establish much-needed services that directly impact our region in significant ways.
Behavioral health and primary healthcare integration is a progressive approach to reaching the best outcomes in caring for people with multiple healthcare needs. Improving the physical health status of people with mental illnesses and addictions is one of our objectives here at the Northeast Delta Human Services Authority. Primary care settings have become the gateway to the behavioral health system. Primary care and behavioral care partnerships succeed when proper supports and resources to screen and treat individuals with behavioral and general healthcare needs are shared between entities.
Integrating primary and behavioral healthcare benefits our systems and our citizens through:
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PIE is a developmental disability workforce initiative created in partnership with Families Helping Families of Northeast Louisiana. Partners in Employment (PIE) is an employment-based program aimed at addressing the lack of employment opportunities for persons with developmental disabilities during and after graduating from high school. PIE seeks to combat this structural inequity so that everyone who is willing to work can.
PIE supports individuals with developmental disabilities with job training, counseling and placement. Further, it utilizes a person-centered approach to help meet individual participant needs, wants, desires and goals to ensure positive programmatic outcomes and increased participation levels.
The NE Delta HSA Opportunity Zone is a strategic initiative designed to help transform fragile south Monroe communities. This initiative seeks to increase access to NE Delta HSA services and promote healthy community behaviors. The NE Delta HSA Opportunity Zone grew out of the agency’s regional faith-based mental health community summits. The Opportunity Zone is one of several NE Delta HSA-initiated regional coalitions that aim to reduce mental health and addiction prevalence, improve primary healthcare outcomes, reduce crime rates, enhance school and academic performance, equip faith and community leaders, increase job opportunities and establish and support public policies. Learn more about Opportunity Zone by clicking the button below.
NE Delta HSA’s Louisiana Reentry Program (LA-Re) was established to give nonviolent, mentally ill and addicted offenders an opportunity to get the help they need post-incarceration to avoid the high individual, family, community, and societal costs of recidivism. Additionally, LA-Re was established as a pilot program to evaluate how NE Delta HSA’s award-winning integrated healthcare model might positively impact the lives of those living with mental illness and addiction being released back to Northeast Louisiana communities from Louisiana’s prisons and jails. This initiative is in partnership with Goodwill of North Louisiana.
LA-Re participants will be matched with case managers prior to their release who, in turn, will work with incarcerating facilities to establish individualized treatment and life plans at least two to three months prior to the offender being released. Treatment and life plan options include being connected to one of NE Delta HSA’s seven outpatient mental health and addiction clinics, or one of three inpatient addiction service providers supported by NE Delta HSA. Additionally, LA-Re participants will have access to NE Delta HSA’s tobacco cessation, gambling, developmental disability, prevention, and workforce training and placement services. Participants may also be referred to one of NE Delta HSA’s many regional primary healthcare partners for medical, dental, and vision care.
NE Delta HSA Second Opportunity Workforce Solutions (SOWS) program provides supportive employment services to citizens who are clients of NE Delta HSA and its integrative behavioral and primary healthcare network, including citizens who are non-violent criminal offenders and those who are being released from incarceration. This program addresses access to employment, which is a social determinant that significantly affects a person’s health and ability to thrive in society. SOWS uses evidence-based practices to develop Individual Outcome Plans which reinforce a client’s treatment progress. Job readiness skills will be provided to assist participants in achieving and maintaining employment in their community of choice.
SOWS was developed to help reduce prison recidivism and improve treatment outcomes. This program works in conjunction with the behavioral health treatment a citizen receives within the NE Delta HSA clinics and provides job readiness skills and active support for finding employment. SOWS will enhance a citizen’s ability to thrive and live a healthy life within the community.
Stemming from a DHH Louisiana Partnership for Success fund award, Northeast Delta HSA recently managed the formation of a collaborative coalition to address underage drinking and prescription pill use in Union Parish. The U-ACT Coalition (Union Parish Alliance for Community Transformation) will be working to reduce the incidence of underage drinking and other data-driven priorities in Union Parish. This award not only targets substance abuse, but also aims to have an indirect positive impact on depression, suicide, teen pregnancy, school failure and violence. Staff at The Children's Coalition of NE LA and Louisiana Tech are assisting with this coalition initiative.
NE Delta HSA is aiming to catalyze and improve coordinated care for people in crisis who suffer from mental health issues and addictive disorders. With this goal in mind, we are engaging law enforcement leadership and hospital systems to address the need for increased psychiatric inpatient hospital care and improve protocols for people in crisis who come in contact with police or enter emergency rooms. We are also working with judicial systems and rural hospital representatives to find innovative ways to use existing resources and further improve coordination of care, which in turn will improve services for some of our highest-need citizens.
We engage faith-based communities in our efforts because of the contributions we know they can make to help stabilize traditional mental health services. Along with reaching out to citizens through faith-based approaches, we want clergy leaders to better understand their own challenges along with the challenges of their congregations. We know that faith can offset hopelessness, and with coordinated resources, we will be able to help our region grow and prosper to its full potential.
"As a government agency, we can effectively help our citizens meet many of their physical and behavioral health needs. However, government cannot solve complex societal problems alone,” said Dr. Monteic A. Sizer. “Thus, we are calling on houses of faith to join with us as we seek to battle mental illness and addiction. When evidence-based treatment is combined with faith, our region’s people will gain a greater sense of purpose, belonging and hope."