Work to start on first project at St. Tammany mental health campus

Thursday, 14 September 2017, 09:23:27 AM. A one-story brick house on the shady grounds of the former state mental hospital near Mandeville will soon be transformed into something St. Tammany Parish doesn't have now: a day
A one-story brick house on the shady grounds of the former state mental hospital near Mandeville will soon be transformed into something St. Tammany Parish doesn't have now: a day center where adults with severe and persistent mental health problems can go for support, programs and resources. The $558,496 renovation will be complete by the end of March, according to parish spokeswoman Amy Bouton. The work is being paid for with Community Development Block Grant money from the federal government. +4 St. Tammany crisis intervention center expected to save millions of dollars St. Tammany Parish officials expect Safe Haven, a behavioral health campus planned on the si… The center, which will be operated by NAMI St. Tammany, is the first part of a much larger plan to create Safe Haven, a behavioral health campus that is designed to divert people in crisis from the emergency rooms and jails where they often end up now. Parish President Pat Brister, who has been the driving force in creating Safe Haven following the state's decision to close the mental hospital, said it was gratifying to see the first step in the project become a reality. "This is what we should do as a community," she said. "Morally, it is our responsibility." She said that Safe Haven will be a model for other places and is unlike anything else in the state or region. The next step, a crisis intervention center, will cost $2.4 million for capital renovations, according to Kelly Rabalais, Brister's legal counsel...Read more
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