Northeast Delta HSA & Madison Parish Community Discuss Behavioral Health Needs of Rural Citizens

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Memorandum of Agreement Between Madison Parish Hospital and NE Delta HSA is Signed at Meeting

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Dr. Ted Topolewski, Madison Parish Hospital CEO and Dr. Monteic A. Sizer, NE Delta HSA Executive Director sign MOA

“Only through collaboration will we jointly find solutions to meet peoples’ behavioral health needs,” said Dr. Monteic A. Sizer, NE Delta HSA Executive Director.

Northeast Delta Human Services Authority (Northeast Delta HSA) held a Town Hall meeting on Thursday, November 13 at the Tallulah Community Center to open a dialogue about mental health, addictive disorder and developmental disabilities needs and services in the Parish.

NE Delta HSA Executive Director Dr. Monteic A. Sizer hosted the Town Hall meeting along with Madison Parish community leaders. The meeting agenda included a panel of local health care and governmental leaders and a question & answer session.

“No one of us can solve problems alone,” said Dr. Monteic A. Sizer, NE Delta HSA Executive Director. “Only through collaboration will we jointly find solutions to meet peoples’ behavioral health needs.”

Tallulah Mayor Paxton Branch welcomed the Town Hall guests. Patricia Buchanan Williams led the singing of the National Anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance. Delta Recovery’s Iree Jackson dedicated a few moments of silence to those who have suffered from mental illness, addiction and developmental disabilities.

A panel discussion, which informed participants about local mental health, primary care, addictive disorder and developmental disabilities services available to citizens, included Rodger Puckett of the Madison Parish School System, Madison Parish Hospital CEO Dr. Ted Topolewski and Elizabeth Watts of Delta American Healthcare. The panel members also raised issues and offered possible solutions about services needed within the community for discussion with advocacy groups and citizens.

During the Town Hall meeting, NE Delta HSA and Madison Parish Hospital signed a Memorandum of Agreement to provide coordinated care for people seeking behavioral health care and/or primary health care.

“This MOA is an important collaboration toward providing both primary care and behavioral health care to the people who need these services,” said Dr. Topolewski. “This model of integrated care with open communication between NE Delta and our hospital will improve health outcomes in Madison Parish.”

Integrated behavioral and primary healthcare is a major initiative of NE Delta HSA. “We continue to deliver upon our promise to build business relationships that bring a positive impact to the health of our citizens,” said Dr. Sizer. “These efforts help us deliver quality, competent behavioral health care with excellent customer service throughout the 12 parishes of northeast Louisiana.”

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