The mission of Jefferson Parish Human Services Authority is to minimize the existence and disabling effects of mental illness, substance abuse, and developmental disabilities and to maximize opportunities for individuals and families affected by those conditions to achieve a better quality of life and to participate more fully within our community.
"We promise courtesy, empathy, and respect in meeting the expectations of those we serve and each other."
After hours, nights, and weekends 504-832-5123
Public Forum on Addictive Disorders
Jefferson Parish Human Services Authority (JPHSA) is sponsoring a Public Forum on Addictive Disorders on Thursday, March 13, 2014, 6-8 p.m. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held at the Jefferson Parish Human Service Authority, 3616 S. I-10 Service Rd., W, Metairie, LA, 70001.
The Public Forum will assist JPHSA in identifying and prioritizing the needs of Jefferson Parish citizens specific to addictive disorders. JPHSA and the Office of Behavioral Health will update participants on state and local services and supports for individuals with addictions to alcohol, drugs, and/or gambling as well as prevention resources. Participants will be asked and encouraged to share their comments, concerns, and experiences with both addictive disorders and prevention services in Jefferson Parish and at the state level.
Individuals, who want to participate in the Public Forum, but who have transportation needs, may contact Sylvia Pearson, Executive Director of The Extra Mile, at 504-349-0014 for assistance.
Jefferson Parish Resource Fair
Saturday, March 29, 2014
10 am to 2 pm
Clearview Mall, 4436 Veterans Blvd., Metairie, LA
Jefferson Parish Human Services Authority, in conjunction with, Families Helping Families of Jefferson, the Jefferson Parish Public School System, and Amerigroup Real Solutions in Healthcare, are sponsoring the Jefferson Parish Resource Fair.
Empower yourself with information and resources! You will be introduced to organizations and agencies from Jefferson Parish and the Greater New Orleans Metropolitan area that provides services, resources and/or supports to individuals with disabilities and their families. There will be entertainment provided and door prizes awarded. For more information, contact Brenda Gremillion at 504-838-5403.
National Problem Gambling Awareness Month
IMPACT OF PROBLEM GAMBLING
What do I need to know about problem gambling?
Although most people gamble for fun and recreation, some can develop a problem that can lead to severe negative consequences.
Gambling addiction affects 6–8 million Americans (2–3% of population).
Anyone who gambles can develop problems, if not aware of the risks.
Gambling is more readily available now than at any other time in U.S. history: 48 states allow some form of gambling.
How does problem gambling impact me?
It is estimated that 8–10 people are affected by a loved one’s gambling problem.
If you gamble, it is important to recognize that a once fun and recreational activity can become a serious issue.
Your awareness may help a loved one seek help.
Problem gambling is a public health issue impacting relationships, families, businesses and communities.
Free Help is Available
Jefferson Parish Human Services Authority (JPHSA) has expanded their free gambling services available to residents of Jefferson Parish. These services include individual, group, family therapy, and a family support group, as well as referrals to Gamblers Anonymous and GamAnon.
For a confidential screening and additional information on free gambling services at JPHSA, call: 504-831-3809.
A Message from Dr. Nancy C. Lee, the Director of the Office of Women's Health in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
Like many women, I wear a lot of hats. During the day I’m the director of the Office on Women’s Health in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). All of the time, I’m a mom.
Like most moms, I’ve had a lot of sleepless nights worrying about my kids. Now that they’re in their twenties (and technically adults!), I still worry about them. I just worry about different things.
One of the things I no longer have to worry about is their ability to get good health insurance.
Make sure every mom knows that www.HealthCare.gov is giving them & their children new options for health coverage.
In the past, health coverage was expensive; people could be denied coverage if they had pre-existing conditions; and insurance companies could remove children from their parents’ plans at age 19. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, that’s no longer the general rule. And thanks to the Health Insurance Marketplace, it’s easier than ever to shop for health insurance.
With just one application, our kids can now find and compare health plans that best fit their needs. They will be able to pursue their dream jobs, regardless of whether it provides health insurance, because the Marketplace will help them find coverage and may help them pay for it, depending on their income.
I know that the Marketplace is a powerful tool that will have an impact on millions of Americans, including my son. It can help your son or daughter, too.
Please share this message with all of the moms you know. You have until March 31 to enroll in coverage.
Dr. Nancy C. Lee
Access to Services
Call (504) 349-8833 for detailed information about JPHSA services, supports and eligibility criteria. Jefferson Parish citizens in crisis directly impacted by mental illness, an addictive disorder and/or developmental disabilities can call (504) 832-5123 for after-hours crisis services (nights, weekends and holidays).
Job vacancies are posted on the Louisiana Civil Service web site at http://www.civilservice.la.gov
JPHSA only accepts State Applications sent in response to a posted vacancy. Any questions regarding job postings can be directed to Scott Leonard via email at firstname.lastname@example.org