Behavioral Health and Primary Care Integration
Behavioral health and primary health care integration and coordination 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 health care benefits our systems and our citizens through:
- Improved access to primary care services;
- Improved prevention, early identification, and intervention to reduce the incidence of serious physical illnesses, including chronic disease;
- Increased availability of integrated, holistic care for physical and behavioral disorders; and
- Better overall health status of clients.
- Reduction in unmanaged healthcare cost
- Association with a cutting edge healthcare practice with shared benefits and the first and the first of its kind in Louisiana.
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Coordinated Care for People in Crisis
NE Delta HSA is aiming to catalyze and improve coordinated care for people in crises situations who suffer from mental health issues and addictive disorders. With this goal in mind, we are engaging with law enforcement leadership and hospital systems to address the need for increased psychiatric inpatient care and the protocol for people in crisis who come in contact with police. We are 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 the contribution they can make is significant to provide hope that further stabilizes 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, but by coordinating all of our resources, we can all help our region grow and prosper to its full potential.
Crisis Intervention Team (CIT)
The Northeast Delta Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) is dedicated to safety through the specialized training and utilization of crisis intervention techniques. In a law enforcement environment, this training helps identify and provide the most effective and appropriate response to assist people with a mental illness. CIT provides trained officers and dispatchers in each parish in the Region, which may include public safety officers, Fire Departments, emergency medical technicians, paramedics and other first responders. It provides law enforcement-based crisis intervention training for assisting those individuals with mental illness, and improves the safety of patrol officers, consumers, family members, and citizens within the community. There are two basic objectives of a CIT: improving officer and consumer safety and redirecting individuals with mental illness from the judicial system into the health care system.
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U-ACT (Union Parish Alliance for Community Transformation)
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.