Jefferson Parish Human Services Authority (JPHSA) envisions a Jefferson Parish in which individuals and families affected by Mental Illness, Addictive Disorders, and/or Developmental Disabilities shall live full, healthy, independent and productive lives to the greatest extent possible for available resources.
"We promise courtesy, empathy, and respect in meeting the expectations of those we serve and each other."
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JPHSA Announces Board Chair and Vice Chair
The Board of Directors of Jefferson Parish Human Services Authority (JPHSA) recently elected Dede Lyman-Redfearn as Chair and Rose Gilbert as Vice Chair. Their new terms begin in October 2016.
Lyman-Redfearn, a resident of Metairie, currently works as a consultant with Boys Town of Louisiana for families of children with mental health concerns. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Newcomb College of Tulane University and a master’s degree in Education from University of New Orleans. She also completed a Master of Social Work from Tulane University.
Gilbert is a resident of Harahan. She has over twenty years of experience as a professional advocate for people with disabilities and their families. She has also spent decades working as a nonprofit administrator.
U.S. Health and Human Services Awards Funding to Jefferson Parish Human Services Authority
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced funding for Jefferson Parish Human Services Authority to improve its electronic health records system for its JeffCare program. JeffCare, a program of JPHSA, provides integrated primary care and behavioral health services from two Health Centers in East Jefferson and West Jefferson.
The grant is part of $87 million from the Affordable Care Act’s Community Health Center Fund going to 1,310 health centers across the country and 32 health centers in Louisiana. This Delivery System Health Information Investment Award supports enhancements in health information technology that will allow health centers to improve services delivery. The increased use of health information technology is part of a national effort to build a health care system that delivers better care, smarter spending, and healthier people.
"This will assist us in implementing a population health analysis solution that will assist our care managers in providing an individualized health care experience with triaging patients and interventions while simultaneously improving communication among the provider team,” said Shannon Sumrall, the application manager for JPHSA’s electronic health record.
JPHSA Joins SAMSHA in Celebrating National Recovery Month
In order to increase awareness of behavioral health conditions, JPHSA joins the Substance Abuse and Mental Services Administration (SAMSHA) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in celebrating National Recovery Month this September. Recovery Month promotes a number of important messages. JPHSA is helping SAMSHA to spread the word that behavioral health is essential to overall health, and that prevention efforts work. Treatment is effective for mental health and/or substance use disorders, and people can and do recover.
Supporting recovery is important. According to SAMSHA's Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, the prevalence of mental and/or substance use disorders in the U.S. is high. Among adults aged 18 or older, 43.6 million (18.1 percent of adults) had a mental illness in the past year. Approximately 21.5 million people age 12 or older were classifed with a substance use disorder in 2014. In Louisiana, about 37,000 adolescents aged 12-17 (10.1% of all adolescents) per year in 2013-2014 had at least one major depressive episode within the year prior to being surveyed. This percentage increased from 2010-2011 to 2013-2014.
Rosanna Dichiro, Psy.D., Director of Behavioral Health Community Services at JPHSA, thinks National Recovery Month is a good time to start a public conversation about the promises and challenges of behavioral health care in Jefferson Parish.
"Prevention and early identification are important components of addressing these very serious issues," said Dichiro. "We encourage parents and teachers in Jefferson Parish to educate themselves and become aware of the important role they play in positive mental health and supporting recovery in our community."
For more information on behavioral health services available at JPHSA, please contact Ann Oliva, Centralized Care Coordinator, at 838-5200 at email@example.com.
The following position is available:
Family Practice Physician (JeffCare)
This is a contract position averaging up to 15 hours weekly with JeffCare, a program of JPHSA. The successful candidate will:
JeffCare, a program of JPHSA, is a Federally Qualified Health Center that provides integrated primary care and behavioral health services in an environment of integrity and respect. Please send resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. This position is open until filled.
Jefferson Parish Human Services Authority (JPHSA) has implemented changes in sliding fees for the primary care and behavioral health care services provided in our JeffCare Health Centers.
To be considered for reduced fees for services provided, a Discounted Fee Application (En español) and all required documentation must be submitted prior to your first scheduled appointment. Documentation includes:
Applications and required documentation may be mailed to the attention of the Office Manager or hand delivered to the front desk at the Health Center where services are received.
You will be informed of the percent of the charges you are responsible to pay at the time of your first appointment. If you are not eligible, you will be informed of the full fees you are responsible to pay. A new Discount Fee Application is required on an annual basis to continue receiving services at a discounted rate.
For any questions or assistance with completing the application, call 504-349-8839 and leave a message. A staff member will return you call within 24 hours.