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FPHSA Governing Board Meeting

January 25, 2019

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Date: Friday, January 25, 2019

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 .

Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Denham Springs Behavioral Health

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Please join us for our grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony at our new location, FPHSA Denham Springs Behavioral Health, located at 1951 Florida Boulevard, SW in Denham Springs, on February 15'th at 10:00 a.m.

Recognition of Governing Board Member Representing Livingston Parish

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On Friday, December 7, 2018, Florida Parishes Human Services Authority (FPHSA) and its Governing Board recognized Ms. Ligia Soileau for her service and dedication as a board member representing Livingston Parish from 2013 to 2018. Ms. Soileau is rotating off the board after serving two consecutive 3-year board terms. She was presented with a plaque and wished the very best by the FPHSA Board and Staff.


Pictured left to right: Richard J. Kramer, FPHSA Executive Director; Ligia Soileau, Board Member/Livingston Parish; and Carol Staff, Board Chair - Livingston Parish

Zero Suicide Kickoff Event

November 5, 2018

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Florida Parishes Human Services Authority (FPHSA) held a Zero Suicide kickoff event on November 5th at their headquarters in Hammond facilitated by Dr. April Foreman of the Executive Committee of the American Association of Suicidology. They convened a workgroup comprised of team members from across the agency. Zero Suicide is the best practice framework for suicide prevention in healthcare systems and has been proven effective in reducing suicides in those systems that imple...ment it. This initiative is led by FPHSA Executive Director, Richard J. Kramer and FPHSA’s Medical Director, Dr. Schoener LaPrairie. Mr. Kramer stated that “The geographic area served by our agency, and indeed the very people that we treat, are at an increased risk for suicide. It is critical that we use these evidence based measures to make a difference for them and save lives.”

Dr. April Foreman, one the nation’s leading experts in the field of suicidology, was brought in to facilitate the meeting and develop a strategic plan for implementation as she works with the agency throughout this process. “It was impressive to see the commitment to Zero Suicide by Dr. LaPrairie and the rest of the staff at FPHSA. It is a privilege to work with leaders in this community to bring the gold standards mental health care to the region.” said Dr. Foreman.

Also in attendance at the meeting was Louisiana State Representative Reid Falconer, District 89. Representative Falconer, who introduced Act No. 450, 2018 Regular Session that provides for implementation of the zero suicide initiative and a state suicide prevention plan, said of FPHSA’s launch of the Zero Suicide initiative “I’m proud to have authored the legislation that launched the Zero Suicide Initiative in Louisiana, and am pleased to be part of its implementation beginning with the Florida Parishes Human Services Authority. I’m confident these unified efforts will lead to fewer suicide deaths and attempts, and will lead to healthier outcomes for all our communities.”

FPHSA’s leadership is driven to lead a system-wide culture change committed to reducing suicides; training a competent, confident, and caring workforce; identifying individuals with suicide risk with comprehensive screenings; engaging all individuals at-risk of suicide using a suicide care management plan; treating suicidal thoughts using evidence-based treatments; transitioning individuals through care with warm hand-offs and supportive contacts; and improving policies and procedures through continuous quality improvement.

Pictured left to right are Dr. Schoener LaPrairie, MD, FPHSA Medical Director; Reid Falconer, Louisiana State Representative- District 89; Dr. April Foreman, Ph.D., L.P., Executive Committee of the American Association of Suicidology; Richard J. Kramer, FPHSA Executive Director.

FPHSA Partners With Local Agencies to Bring Mental Health First Aid Training Certification Course to First Responders

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Florida Parishes Human Services Authority (FPHSA) partnered with National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) - St. Tammany, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office, and Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office to facilitate a five-day Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) for Public Safety Train the Trainer certification course for local sheriff’s offices, police departments,


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