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September is National Recovery Month

Join the Voices for Recovery: Invest in Health, Home, Purpose, and Community

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National Recovery Month is an observance held every September to educate Americans that substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those who are struggling to live a healthy and rewarding life. Help FPHSA spread the word that recovery IS possible! Visit our website at www.fphsa.org for information regarding our behavioral health services.

Narcan Made Available to St. Tammany Fire District #2

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Florida Parishes Human Services Authority (FPHSA) provided St. Tammany Fire District #2 with NARCAN nasal spray at no cost as part of the effort to reduce overdose deaths in our region. FPHSA is spreading awareness and making Narcan easily accessible to the public and our local law enforcement agencies and emergency responders to combat opioid related deaths.

FPHSA launched an overdose prevention campaign in April that includes working to increase the availability of this life-saving medication as well as increases access to treatment for substance use disorders with the five Florida Parishes. 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 temporarily reverse the effect of an Opioid overdose, stabilizing the individual until EMS can arrive.

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.

Covington Probation and Parole Equipped with Narcan

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Florida Parishes Human Services Authority (FPHSA) provided the Covington Probation and Parole Office with NARCAN nasal spray at no cost as part of the effort to reduce overdose deaths in our region. Michael Phelps, Covington Probation and Parole (pictured) received the Narcan. FPHSA is spreading awareness and making Narcan easily accessible to the public and our local law enforcement agencies and emergency responders to combat opioid related deaths.

FPHSA launched an overdose prevention campaign in April that includes working to increase the availability of this life-saving medication as well as increases access to treatment for substance use disorders with the five Florida Parishes. 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 temporarily reverse the effect of an Opioid overdose, stabilizing the individual until EMS can arrive.

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.

FPHSA Governing Board Meeting

August 24, 2018

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Date: Friday, August 24, 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 .

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. 

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