Northeast Delta Human Services Authority Hosting Integrated Healthcare Summit on Thursday

Monroe -- Northeast Delta Human Services Authority (NE Delta HSA) announced today The Statewide Primary Care and Behavioral Health Integration Summit V scheduled for Thursday at the Monroe Civic Center.

Registration and breakfast begins at 8:30 a.m. in the Fort Miro room. 

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.”

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