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Easterseals Louisiana has a longstanding tradition of providing supports to some of Louisiana’s most vulnerable citizens. From the 1950s through to the present, Easterseals has worked with people with developmental, intellectual, and physical disabilities. The advent of the Americans with Disabilities Act allowed Easterseals, both nationally and in Louisiana, the ability to broaden its scope of populations to work with. It was recognized that people with behavioral health challenges are also some of our most vulnerable citizens, so Easterseals felt that it was in keeping with tradition to extend supports to people with chronic mental health needs.

Beginning in 2008, Easterseals began providing supports to the homeless population in Shreveport. In 2009, we began crisis response and intervention programs.

Over the course of subsequent years, Easterseals has developed a nice profile of mental health supports in the Shreveport and Monroe areas. Newer programs are in New Orleans and the Florida Parishes area. A thread that runs through all our behavioral health programming is our longstanding ability to provide high quality complex care management supports for people most in need.

People often only think of disabilities in a physical form, but for the 1 in 4 Louisianians living with a disability, that often means a mental health need. Easterseals Louisiana is committed to providing supports across the continuum of need for individuals with a disability. In addition to supporting participants with a developmental or age related disability with a co-occurring mental health need, we have developed a suite of primary Behavioral health programs including housing supports, crisis intervention, substance abuse supports, case management, and re-entry services. 

Current behavioral health programming includes:

Shreveport

Case Management: Complex care coordination for people with chronic mental health needs.

Exit 318 – Re-Entry: In partnership with Goodwill Industries, we provide case management and housing assistance for the formerly incarcerated. Additional supports provided by Goodwill include employment readiness and placement.

Crisis Counseling: We provide information, resources, and crisis counseling to people in need of immediate support.

Housing Continuum: Easterseals has an array of supports that fit within the continuum of housing-based supports that exist in the Region 7 area. This array includes:

  • Intensive Community Engagement (ICE): We provide housing and case management supports to individuals and families that have mental health needs.
  • Pathways to Independence (PTI) – Rapid Re-Housing: We provide time-limited (up to 24 months) case management and rental assistance to people with mental health conditions who are experiencing homeless. We utilize a Housing First approach, which dictates that housing is quickly provided without pre-conditions (i.e. poor credit, criminal record, employment, etc.) placed on the participants.
  • 811 PRA (Project Rental Assistance): We provide affordable rental housing with intensive case management supports to individuals with multifaceted needs.
  • Mid-City Transitional Living: We provide this housing option for people who are experiencing homelessness who would benefit from a shared living community. Residents can participate in the program for up to two years. This housing is co-located with intensive case management and other wrap around supports.
Partners: Northwest Louisiana Human Services District, HOPE Connections, and Goodwill Industries

Monroe

Exit 318 – Re-Entry: In partnership with Goodwill Industries, we provide case management and housing assistance for the formerly incarcerated. Additional supports provided by Goodwill include employment readiness and placement.

Case Management: Complex care coordination for people with chronic mental health needs.

Phoenix Peer Support Center: A day center where individuals who are experiencing homelessness and have co-occurring substance abuse needs receive support from a Peer Support Specialist who is in long-term active recovery themself. Additionally, participants receive a hot meal and have access to facilities to support their personal hygiene needs. Wrap around supports include a literacy clinic, community garden, and job readiness support.

Housing Continuum: Easterseals has an array of supports that fit within the continuum of housing-based supports that exists in the Region 8 area. This array includes:

  • Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH): The core of this program lies in our ability to engage in assertive street outreach efforts to work with people who are currently experiencing homelessness. We provide supplies such as food, blankets, etc., while working to build trust to help transition the participant to a housing option such as shelter or a transitional living setting.
  • Regency Inn Transitional Living: We provide this housing option for individuals who are experiencing homelessness who would benefit from a shared living community. Residents can participate in the program for up to two years. This housing is co-located with intensive case management and other wrap around services.
  • Permanent Supportive Housing: Housing, case management, and financial assistance for things such as rent and utilities are provided for people who are experiencing homelessness.
Partners: Northwest Delta Human Services Authority, HOME Coalition, and Goodwill Industries

Baton Rouge

Rapid Re-Housing: We provide time-limited (up to 24 months) case management and rental assistance to people with mental health conditions who are experiencing homelessness. We utilize a Housing First approach, which dictates that housing is quickly provided without pre-conditions (i.e. poor credit, criminal record, employment, etc.) placed on the participant.

Partners: Capital Area Alliance for the Homeless

New Orleans

Rapid Re-Housing: We provide time-limited (up to 24 months) case management and rental assistance to people with mental health conditions who are experiencing homelessness. We utilize a Housing First approach, which dictates that housing is quickly provided without pre-conditions (i.e. poor credit, criminal record, employment, etc.) placed on the participant.

Partners: UNITY of Greater New Orleans

Florida Parishes Area (i.e. Hammond, Slidell, and Mandeville)

Mental Health Case Management: ESL case managers are embedded in community mental health clinics to provide care coordination for individuals with mental health needs. The goal is to maintain contact with participants for up to a year via wellness checks in an effort to support them realizing their goals.

Partners: Florida Parishes Human Services Authority

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