Monroe, LA (PRWEB) July 16, 2014
Northeast Delta Human Services Authority (Northeast Delta HSA) announced today the creation of two Memoranda of Agreement (MOAs) with Richland Parish Hospital Service District to collaboratively serve citizens through its Richland Parish Hospital and its Delhi Community Health Center (DCHC). The MOAs provide coordinated care for people seeking behavioral health care and/or primary health care.
Richland Parish Hospital and DCHC will refer primary care consumers to Northeast Delta HSA who may need major or severe mental health and/or substance abuse services. Northeast Delta HSA will refer consumers to Richland Parish Hospital who may need primary health care services.
“This agreement is one more step in ensuring access to quality, competent behavioral health care to people in our communities,” said Dr. Monteic A. Sizer, Northeast Delta HSA executive director. “This collaboration significantly expands the access and availability that Richland Parish citizens currently have to substance abuse and inpatient detox services,” he said. “Although the Rayville Recovery facility in Richland Parish, to whom we provide financial assistance, provides inpatient services and inpatient detox substance abuse care, we know that additional capacity for these services is needed. This MOA will help bridge this gap.”
“Having Northeast Delta as a part of our network creates great opportunity for improved integrated primary care and wellness throughout our healthcare system,” said Mickey Carroll, Delhi Hospital CEO. “Our citizens will greatly benefit from the behavioral services they will now have access to.”
Delhi Community Health Center is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). Barbara Hutchinson, the organization’s CEO, said “we now have a network in place so that with a single call, we can arrange for behavioral and substance abuse care to be provided for our patients in a timely manner.”
“This is the type of relationship that maximizes state and federal resources that are available to our citizens,” said Louisiana State Senator Francis Thompson. “Most importantly, this collaboration improves peoples’ level of engagement in behavioral health services in northeastern Louisiana. I am so pleased to see this vision of integrated care come to fruition.”
“We are delivering upon the promise to build business relationships that bring a positive impact to the health outcomes of our citizens,” said Dr. Sizer. “We will continue to build these collaborations and drive best practices and measurement in behavioral health and primary care integration,” he said. “These efforts will help us reach one of our primary goals, which is to ensure quality, competent behavioral health care, whether a citizen first seeks care in a behavioral health or a primary care setting.”
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About Northeast Delta Human Services Authority (Northeast Delta HSA)
Northeast Delta HSA directs the operation of community-based programs to improve the quality of life of people with major mental illness, developmental disabilities and addictive disorders. Northeast Delta HSA is devoted to deliver programs and services that encourage people to reach their true human potential. Three tenets guide our efforts: excellent customer service, greater access to services and competent, quality care. Northeast Delta HSA serves citizens in 12 parishes of northeastern Louisiana: Caldwell, East Carroll, West Carroll, Ouachita, Lincoln, Madison, Franklin, Morehouse, Jackson, Tensas, Richland and Union. For more information, please visit our website at http://www.nedeltahsa.org or call 318-362-3270.
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2513 Ferrand Street, Monroe, LA 71201
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