Northeast Delta HSA Expands Relationships with Municipalities and Government Agencies | News

The Northeast Delta Human Services Authority (NEDHSA) expands its efforts and commitment to improving the health of the population through relationships with local government organizations and municipalities by providing training and resources to address mental health disorders and of drug addiction.

MONROE, The., May 3, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — The Northeast Delta Human Services Authority (NEDHSA) is expanding its efforts and commitment to improving people’s health through relationships with local government organizations and municipalities by providing training and resources to fight against mental health and addiction disorders.

To influence the negative impact of social determinants, NEDHSA’s integrated care model aims to improve the lives of of northeast Louisiana most vulnerable populations. The agency has partnered with local and state governments, institutions of higher learning, and related organizations to help address food insecurity, high unemployment, community instability, poor education, and career options. inadequate housing.

NEDHSA Executive Director Dr. Monteic A. Sizer said, “We can effectively help our citizens meet many of their physical and behavioral health needs; however, we cannot solve complex societal problems alone. We need a shared vision and a laser-like focus on solutions.”

“We connect more strategically and leverage our strengths to impact upstream or systemic factors that drive higher rates of downstream outcomes like mental illness, addiction, primary health care issues and poverty,” Dr. Sizer said. “We understand the intersectionality between our work and the work of national and regional public policy and governance decisions.”

An example of partnership with other government agencies and municipalities is its work with the Town of Farmerville and Union Parish Office for Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (OHSEP). NEDHSA will deliver Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), a two-day, evidence-based, face-to-face workshop featuring powerful audio-visuals, discussions and simulations. Because NEDHSA provides this training, the Town of Farmerville and Union Parish OHSEP will learn how to identify and reduce suicide by recognizing the signs, providing skilled interventions, and developing a safety plan to keep someone alive. This program saves lives and reduces costs, providing a return on investment of up to 50:1.

Farmerville Mayor John Corneille said the city is “committed to providing the resources necessary for our citizens to live full and meaningful lives and enjoy the natural beauty that our parish offers.”

“Partnering with the Northeast Delta Human Services Authority allows us to train our first responders, law enforcement and school staff on how to respond to a citizen in crisis,” Mayor Crow said. “Thank you, Dr. Sizer and Northeast Delta Human Services Authority, for providing such an important and much needed service directly in our parish.”

Union Parish OHSEP Director Shannon FutchLEM-T, said, “This suicide first aid workshop will be vital training for our law enforcement, school personnel and emergency management.”

“Just like CPR helps you help someone who is having a heart attack, mental health first aid helps you help someone who is having a mental health or substance use crisis,” Futch said. . “Learning about risk factors and warning signs of mental health and addiction problems, strategies to help someone in crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help help will enable Union Parish first responders to assist our residents during a chaotic time in their lives.”

NEDHSA also builds relationships with downtown districts within other city governments to assist in blight mitigation and beautification efforts through mural art. As another layer of scaling up its integrated care model in the 12-parish region, the agency uses its arts initiative to implement evidence-based prevention, communication and treatment strategies. . The agency currently has a mobile mural that travels the area and a downtown mural Monroe’s alley of arts.

Dr Sizer said: “We will continue to be intentional about scaling our integrated health model in louisiana Delta.”

“We will do more to help regional mayors, municipal leaders, school principals, business leaders and law enforcement officials better understand the connection between jobs, housing, infrastructure municipal, education, food deserts, poverty, and primary health and behavioral outcomes,” Dr. Sizer said. “We must think and act systemically if we hope to see meaningful improvements in population health and economic prosperity in our region.”

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By Ron TalleyNortheast Delta HSA, 318-237-9973, [email protected]

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SOURCE North East Delta Social Services Authority

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