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Bogalusa Police Department Equipped with Narcan

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Florida Parishes Human Services Authority (FPHSA) partnered with the Bogalusa Police Department in our efforts to save lives from opioid overdoses. FPHSA Executive Director, Richard J. Kramer, and Ms. Danielle Keys, FPHSA Governing Board Vice Chair representing Washington Parish, provided Chief Bullen and Major Knight with NARCAN nasal spray 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.

Franklinton Police Department Equipped with Narcan

Rebecca Soley 191

Florida Parishes Human Services Authority (FPHSA) partnered with the Franklinton Police Department in our efforts to save lives from opioid overdose. FPHSA provided Police Chief Olander Smith and his officers with NARCAN nasal spray 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.

FPHSA Governing Board Meeting

October 26, 2018

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Date: Friday, October 26 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 .

Employment Fair for Individuals with Disabilities and Employment Readiness Seminars

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Florida Parishes Human Services Authority (FPHSA) and Lions Connected with Southeastern Louisiana University is making employment for individuals with disabilities a priority and is hosting an employment fair.

The event is scheduled on Thursday, November 15, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Click here for more information. Registration is not required for participants. For businesses and organizations interested in participating in the employment fair, please email Jeff Arseneaux at Jeff.Arseneaux@fphsa.org.

Employment readiness seminars are available and optional for anyone interested in attending the job fair. The seminars will include information on resume building and wiill offer opportunities for practice interviews, etc. The dates of the seminars are Thursday, November 1'st from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday, November 9'th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Florida Parishes Human Services Authority located at 835 Pride Drive, Suite B, Hammond, LA 70401. To register, please click here.

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