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FPHSA to Provide Mental Health First Aid Instructor Training

Coming Soon!

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Florida Parishes Human Services Authority (FPHSA) is pleased to announce that we are sponsoring a Mental Health First Aid Instructor Training for law enforcement agencies in our region. The training is scheduled for the week of October 22, 2018 and is being coordinated by NAMI-St. Tammany. We appreciate the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office for hosting it at their Training and Educational Facility in Pearl River and for the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office for providing lunch for attendees all week. “It is our hope that increased training and exposure to mental health topics will improve the safety of those with mental illness and first responders by improving understanding of behaviors of those in the midst of a mental health crisis and strategies on how to best de-escalate them in the field,” Executive Director Richard J. Kramer said. “We are very appreciative that our law enforcement leaders consider this a priority and are committed to devoting resources to this cause.”


If you are a local law enforcement agency and want more information regarding the training, please contact Rebecca Soley at 985-543-4333 or email (admin@fphsa.org) for more information.


What is Mental Health First Aid?

Mental Health First Aid is a course that teaches you how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The training helps you identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.


Instructor Certification

The Instructor certification training consists of a 5-day training that presents the Mental Health First Aid 8-hour course and provides in-depth instruction on facilitating the course. The training includes a written exam and evaluates each candidate’s ability to present the 8-hour Mental Health First Aid course to a variety of audiences. 

Covington Police Department Equipped with NARCAN to aid in Overdoses

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Florida Parishes Human Services Authority (FPHSA) provided the Covington Police Department with 48 boxes – two doses in each- of NARCAN nasal spray at no cost. Chief Lentz, Covington Police Chief, who also serves on the FPHSA Governing Board representing St. Tammany Parish received the Narcan by Richard J. Kramer, FPHSA Executive Director.

FPHSA launched an overdose prevention campaign in April working to increase the availability of this life-saving medication. This initiative is in response to the continued rise of opioid-related overdoses and the increase in accidental exposure to law enforcement. The doses are in the form of a nasal spray and can be administered in known or suspected opioid overdose cases or in the event that an individual is accidentally exposed. Narcan can’t be used to get high and it is safe to use on anyone because it’s only action on the body is to reverse the effects of the opiate overdose.

Chief Lentz shared that their officers are trained on the proper use and administration of the nasal spray and that the Covington Police Department has been able to save 14 lives with the use of Narcan during his discussion with Mr. Kramer.

Funding for this campaign was made available as part of the State Targeted Response to the Opioid Epidemic. Narcan kits are now available at all FPHSA outpatient clinics at no cost to both clients and their family members who do not have insurance. Please speak to one of FPHSA’s nurses or counselors to request your Narcan kit or call Heather Gernold or one of “STR Peer Support Specialist” at 985-543-4730.

(Pictured left to right: Richard J. Kramer, FPHSA Executive Director and Covington Police Chief, Tim Lentz)

Holiday Office Closure

Independence Day- July 4, 2018

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All FPHSA outpatient clinics and offices will be closed on Wednesday, July 4, 2018, in observance of the Independence Day Holiday the and will reopen on Thursday, July 5, 2018.

If you experience a behavioral health crisis, you can access our after-hours emergency line through ViaLink by dialing 1-855-268-1091 or “211”. You can also access crisis chat at www.vialink.org. Text Chat is also available by texting “TXT211” to 504-777-EASE (3273).

If you have a medical emergency, please go to the nearest Emergency Room or dial 911.

Click "read more" for more information. 

FPHSA Governing Board Meeting

June 22, 2018

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Date: Friday, June 22, 2018

Time: 9:30 a.m.

Location: Florida Parishes Human Services Authority, Administrative Office, 835 Pride Drive, Suite B, Hammond, LA 70401

To download a printable version of the meeting announcement, please click .

The Opioid Epidemic Summit: Prevalence, Screening/Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment

May 31, 2018 1:30 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.

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Florida Parishes Human Services Authority is hosting a Summit for Clinicians to develop an understanding of the scope of the Opioid Epidemic, successful approaches for screening and assessment, and various EBP modalities available for treating persons with OUD and co-occurring disorders. 3.25 CEUs will be available.

Date:             Thursday, May 31, 2018

Time:              1:30 p.m. through 5:00 p.m.

Location:        Tangipahoa African American Heritage Museum and Veterans Archives (1600 Phoenix Square, Hammond, LA 70403)

For more details and to register, please ´╗┐click here.

*Space is limited


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