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, and St. Charles parishes in south Louisiana.

The SCLHSA utilizes community stakeholders and volunteers to assist in fulfilling the Mission, Vision, Intent and Philosophy adopted by its Board of Directors. The SCLHSA has also partnered with community agencies and other health care entities to foster cooperative endeavors that benefit the behavioral health and developmental disability populations in SCLHSA community.

Some of the benefits and advantages of a Authority or Local Governing Entity are:

Local governance puts responsibility for services “closer to home”. The SCLHSA becomes a part of the community and service delivery is more responsive to local needs. Problems can be more readily addressed by the local community.

  • The Authority is able to save money through streamlined purchasing, contracting, and collections.  Experience has shown that more money can be dedicated to direct service delivery rather than to administration and bureaucracy.
  • Flexibility and reduced red tape allow greater service satisfaction for clients. Services can be provided in a more creative, person-centered manner, in keeping with the client’s individual needs.
  • An integrated organizational structure allows for appropriate sharing of staff and resources to more holistically address client needs, and provide multi-disciplinary services across a connected continuum.
  • Collaboration with local agencies, such as school boards, and local juvenile agencies is improved. The community and elected officials can more easily communicate with the SCLHSA’s Executive Director and program managers directly.
  • A local entity becomes more responsible for the level of care provided and has more control over the delivery of services to those most in need.
  • Because fiscal and programmatic decisions are made at the community level, local governments have more incentive to support the services directly.

We Take Personal
Approach To
every patient

“We care” are not just words.

We Take Personal
Approach To
every patient

“We care” are not just words.

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