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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

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

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

Rebecca Soley 268

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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