“We are thrilled to work with the State of Louisiana, SAMHSA and HRSA to bring innovative ideas and cost savings toward integrated health care,” said Dr. Monteic A. Sizer, NE Delta HSA Executive Director.
Monroe, LA (PRWEB) July 02, 2014
Northeast Delta Human Services Authority (NE Delta HSA) announced today The Statewide Primary Care and Behavioral Health Integration Summit V scheduled for July 10, 2014 in Monroe. This Summit provides an opportunity for behavioral and primary healthcare professionals to learn more about the advancement and implementation of integrated healthcare. Current integrated healthcare trends and initiatives will be discussed from a local, statewide and national perspective. NE Delta HSA will share preliminary information about its early-stage integration models and partnerships with primary care groups throughout northeastern Louisiana. The program will also include updates from state and national work groups that focus on integrated care.
NE Delta HSA is hosting the summit in collaboration with Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, Louisiana Office of Behavioral Health and the Louisiana State Team for Primary and Behavioral Healthcare Integration.
Summit presenters and facilitators include:
- Rochelle Head-Dunham, MD, FAPA - Louisiana Office of Behavioral Health Assistant Secretary and Medical Director
- Michael Duffy, RN, BSN - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Regional Administrator for Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas
- Hernan Reyes, MD – Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Deputy Regional Administrator
- Jeff Capobianco, PhD - Senior Integration Healthcare Consultant, National Council for Behavioral Health
- Dr. Monteic A. Sizer – Northeast Delta HSA Executive Director
“We are thrilled to work with the State of Louisiana, SAMHSA and HRSA to bring innovative ideas and cost savings toward integrated health care,” said Dr. Sizer. “We are excited that these national organizations have taken notice of our efforts in the rural communities of our region and throughout northeastern Louisiana.”
Although Dr. Sizer says that Northeast Delta HSA is still in the early implementation stages of their integration models, he emphasizes the importance of the methods being utilized. “We’re seeking to undergird our efforts with research-based practices and continual training. In addition, we want to incorporate public health into our efforts, because our goal is to establish a network of behavioral health and primary care homes for the thousands of people who reside in northeastern Louisiana,” he said. “No matter where a person enters the healthcare system, there’s a place where they can access the care and treatment they need.”
“We envision integrated behavioral health and primary care in place all across Louisiana to further improve our health outcomes, and we’re excited to see the strides already in progress in our northeast region,” said Dr. Rochelle Head-Dunham. “We are fully committed at the state level to assist the northeast Louisiana region to further its integration models, and we encourage collaboration and participation from primary care providers to ensure that our citizens have the best care possible.”
“At a national and regional level, SAMHSA’s Center for Integrated Health Solutions actively promotes the development of integrated primary and behavioral health services to better address the needs of individuals with mental health and substance use conditions, whether seen in specialty behavioral health or primary care provider settings,” said Michael Duffy. “We are so pleased to see this work in practice in northeastern Louisiana.”
For more information about the Summit, contact Avius Zimmerman at avius.zimmerman(at)la(dot)gov.
To see the June 2014 NE Delta HSA newsletter, click here.
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 call 318-362-3270.
Northeast Delta HSA, Public Information Director
2513 Ferrand Street, Monroe, LA 71201, Phone 318-362-5482