The mission of Jefferson Parish Human Services Authority is individuals and families in Jefferson Parish affected by Mental Illness, Addictive Disorders or Developmental Disabilities shall live full, independent and productive lives to the greatest extent possible for available resources, including the integration of primary care into clinical services.
"We promise courtesy, empathy, and respect in meeting the expectations of those we serve and each other."
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Position Available at JPHSA
The following positions are available within the Authority:
Social Service Counselor (1, 2, or 3)
This position is listed as a job appointment. The care coordinator position is responsible for the management and coordination of the medical detoxification contract and the individuals in need of this service as well as individuals referred by the Veteran's Court. This posting closes at 11:59 pm on 10/29/14.
Registered Nurse – Advanced Practice
Preferred qualifications: experience and willingness to work with pediatric patients. This posting closes at 11:59 pm on 10/29/14.
To apply for one of these positions, click on the link below:
Once connected, the search page will appear. Scroll down to the section labeled “Agency.” Next, scroll down the agency list. Select “DHH-Jefferson Parish Human Services Authority,” then select “Apply Search” at the bottom of the page. Any vacancies at JPHSA will appear along with the closing date for each posting.
Select the position of interest, click “Apply,” and follow the steps. Once the vacancy closes, the position will no longer be accessible. For questions regarding the vacancy, please contact Connie Dupard, Human Resources Director, Human Resources, at 838-5586.
Jefferson Parish District Attorney’s Office and JPHSA Collaboration
Jefferson Parish Human Services Authority (JPHSA) and the Jefferson Parish District Attorney’s (JPDA) Pre-Trial Adult and Juvenile Diversion Programs are collaborating to assist Jefferson Parish residents facing criminal charges and who have a behavioral health diagnosis and/or a developmental disability. The purpose of this collaboration is to offer individuals participating in Pre-Trial Diversion behavioral health and/or developmental disability assessments and services. The Pre-Trial Diversion Program is an alternative to prosecution. Those who successfully complete the program have their criminal charges refused or dismissed. This collaboration assists the individuals involved by offering supervision, supports and services necessary for rehabilitation. It also assists the community by allowing participants to repair the harm caused by the offenses and increases public safety by decreasing recidivism, i.e. re-offending.
Pre-Trial Diversion Program clients may be referred to any JPHSA service area based on their needs. Behavioral health services include mental health and substance abuse related services. Developmental Disability services are for individuals with an intellectual disability and/or other disability that is diagnosed before a person reaches age 18 and is expected to continue throughout the person’s life. Results from a psychosocial assessment help determine the type and level of services needed by an individual. An individual may participate in any of the services he or she is eligible to receive, and the JPHSA service divisions work together to ensure the individual’s service needs are met. Pre-Trial Diversion Program clients have access to crisis services by contacting the JPHSA Mobile Crisis Team.
The vast majority of individuals with mental illness are not violent, nor do they participate in criminal behavior; however, the number of people with mental illness in jails continues to rise. Recognizing the role that mental illness and substance abuse can play in leading individuals toward legal conflict is essential. Joseph Bodenmiller, LCSW-BACS, Director of JPHSA’s Behavioral Health Community-based and Specialty Services Division, explains that “working with individuals to treat or resolve these problems within the context of the diversion program is a unique opportunity to improve lives.” Connecting individuals to the proper behavioral health services can help them from reoffending. “Often individuals coming to us from the Diversion Program are first offenders with minor offenses. It is not uncommon for the behaviors that lead to these offenses to actually be symptoms of a larger behavioral health issue. Because we are able to assess and coordinate services at the Agency level, we have the opportunity to identify these issues earlier in the hopes of preventing a second or more serious offense in the future,” states Julie Shaw, Chief Executive Officer of JeffCare, a program of JPHSA that offers integrated primary care and behavioral health clinic-based services.
JPHSA’s Developmental Disabilities Community Services Division provides an initial eligibility determination and for those who are found to be eligible, an assessment is done to help determine needs. A support coordinator is assigned to meet with the eligible individuals. Services may be provided by JPHSA or another provider depending on the need and availability of services. The coordination between JPHSA and the Pre-Trial Diversion Program has resulted in identifying individuals eligible for services who may not have otherwise been identified. Nicole Sullivan-Green, LPC, Director of JPHSA’s Developmental Disabilities Community Services Division, says “Having a developmental disability does not mean an individual is protected from consequences of his or her behavior. Diversion is an opportunity to learn from mistakes and move forward before facing life altering consequences.”
Coordination between the programs is a top priority. The staff members of JPHSA and the Pre-Trial Diversion program meet regularly to discuss progress of the individuals receiving services. Pam Occhipinti, Assistant District Attorney and Chief of Diversion for Adult and Juvenile Restorative Practice Programs, adds, “The collaboration between our programs and our services has brought together two very dedicated, passionate teams of professionals whose main goal is to serve and enhance our community, Jefferson Parish, while focusing on public safety and good citizenship. The District Attorney’s Office is proud of our partnership with JPHSA, and we look forward to expanding our community outreach in the years to come.”
Jefferson Parish Human Services Authority (JPHSA) implemented changes in sliding fees for the primary care and behavioral healthcare services provided in our JeffCare Health Centers.
To be considered for a continuation of reduced fees for services provided after July 1, 2014, a Discounted Fee Application (En Espanol) and all required documentation must be submitted. Required documentation includes:
Applications and required documentation may be mailed to the attention to the Office Manager or hand delivered to the front desk at the Health Center where services are received.
Beginning July 1, if your continued eligibility for sliding fees is determined, you will be informed of the percent of the charges you are responsible to pay at the time of services. If you are no longer eligible, you will be informed of the full fees you are responsible to pay.
For any questions or assistance with completing the application, call 349-8839 and leave a message. A staff member will return your call within 24 hours.