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Message from the South Central LA Human Services Authority

The South Central Louisiana Human Services Authority (SCLHSA) was created by Act 449 of the 2006 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature. This legislation merged the Offices of Mental Health, Addictive Disorders and Citizens with Developmental Disabilities into one integrated entity effective July 2, 2010. SCLHSA is responsible for overseeing and performing functions related to the care, training, treatment and education of individuals with addictive, mental and emotional disorders. The role of SCLHSA is to promote recovery and resiliency through the services and supports in the community that are preventative, accessible, comprehensive and dynamic. SCLHSA serves Terrebonne, Lafourche, St. Mary, Assumption, St. James, St. John the Baptist and St. Charles parishes in south Louisiana.

The combination of the cumulative stress from a displacement have shown that it is helpful to talk to someone in the recovery process. The SCLHSA can provide short-term, face-to-face outreach, education and support to help individuals and communities return to pre-disaster levels of emotional health.  Our behavioral health approach focuses on survivor’s strengths, resources, and resilience to overcome obstacles.  Our team of counselors would like to help you overcome whatever issues you are dealing with using supportive contact, referrals and resource linkage, and even presentations to your business, school, community, church, or organization. 

In the meantime, consider easing your stress in some of the following ways:

   – Stick to regular routines
   – Limit the use of caffeine/alcohol
   – Try to get some light exercise daily
   – Talk with a friend
   – Take time out each day for yourself
   – Do something relaxing and enjoyable
   – Don’t forget to laugh
   – Do fun activities with your children
   – Remind children that stress is normal
   – Talk with a SCLHSA Staff Member
   – Read a book
    – Most of all avoid dealing with your stress ALONE.  We want to help you, so please give us a call. 

There are many ways to benefit from our crisis counseling program.  The first step is making contact with  trained counselors who understand the challenges you are facing. 

SCLHSA St. Mary Behavioral Health Center: (985) 380-2460 or 800-481-6882
SCLHSA CALL Line: (877) 500-9997
: www.sclhsa.org