The final sale of the Northlake Behavioral Health facility at the appraised value of $6.7 million, is now complete. St. Tammany Parish Government and Northlake Behavioral Health finalized the remaining details of the closing on Tuesday, February 16, 2016. The facility is a portion of the property that the Parish purchased from the State of Louisiana early in 2015. With the completion of this sale the Brister administration’s vision for developing a comprehensive system of behavioral health care in St. Tammany, known as Safe Haven, makes forward progress.
“This is another milestone reached in what will be a lengthy, but worthwhile journey,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “Upon its completion, we will have created a model of a private/public partnership that other communities will seek to emulate, and we will have not only sustained the availability of behavioral health care in our community, we will have elevated the caliber of that care and reached a larger portion of the population in need.”
“With the completion of the purchase of this facility, we are extremely pleased to be able to continue to provide behavioral health services to the St. Tammany community,” said Richard Kramer, Chief Executive Officer of Northlake Behavioral Health. “We look forward to the unfolding of Parish President Brister’s vision for Safe Haven, and how we can lend value to the overall mission of great behavioral health care for our community.”
In March of 2015, St. Tammany Parish Government purchased the site of Northlake Behavioral Health, formerly the site of Southeast Louisiana Hospital, and the surrounding acreage from the State of Louisiana after the state announced the facility was to be closed.
All non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government will close on Monday, February 8, 2016, and Tuesday, February 9, 2016, in observance of Mardi Gras. In addition, the Department of Animal Services will close on Saturday, February 6, 2016. All offices will resume regular business hours at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, February 10, 2016. All non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government will close on Monday, February 8, 2016, and Tuesday, February 9, 2016, in observance of Mardi Gras. In addition, the Department of Animal Services will close on Saturday, February 6, 2016. All offices will resume regular business hours at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, February 10, 2016.
The St. Tammany Parish Government Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is currently accepting applications for the Community Development Block Grant (CBDG) Sewer Repair Program for homeowners with Individual Mechanical Treatment ATU Sewer Systems. Qualified applicants must meet the following requirements: low to moderate income (see Program Income Limits Chart here), homeowner (no rentals), and reside within the municipalities of Covington, Abita Springs, Madisonville and in unincorporated areas of St. Tammany Parish. Residents within the city limits of Mandeville, Slidell, Folsom, Sun, and Pearl River are not eligible.
Applications can be accessed here. Applicants can call 985-898-3074, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or pick up an application at one of three locations. In Mandeville, the St. Tammany Parish Administrative Complex, DHHS, Building B, 21454 Koop Drive, Rm. B327. In Slidell, the Towers Building Community Action Agency (CAA), 520 Old Spanish Trail, 3rd Floor. In Covington, the CAA, 1301 North Florida Street. The following items are required to complete your application: receipt of payment for 2015 Property Tax Assessment, proof of income verification for all household members, proof of residency — driver’s license, ID, or utility bill, copy of deed or current mortgage statement, and proof of flood insurance if in a flood zone.
This repair grant will cover a sewer system pump out, aerator replacement, and minor repairs if required. All qualified applicants will be visited by an inspector from the St. Tammany Parish Department of Environmental Services to identify problems. A licensed contractor, designated by St. Tammany Parish Government will perform the work determined, at no cost to the homeowner.
For more information on programs administered by DHHS, visit www.stpgov.org/departments/hhs.
Resumes are being accepted now from individuals who wish to be considered for one of the many Parish-wide boards and commissions that play a crucial role in providing guidance, input and oversight to a range of community agencies. These positions are strictly volunteer, require a time commitment, and a willingness to invest the volunteer’s knowledge, expertise and service. Applicants must reside within the boundaries of the district that the board they wish to serve on oversees.
The complete listing and description of each board and commission in St. Tammany can be viewed at www.stpgov.org under the Government heading, access the drop-down menu, click on Boards and Commissions. Interested applicants should send a resume to email@example.com for consideration by Thursday, February 11, 2016. Please specify the board or commission on which you wish to serve.
Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, today gave a brief retrospective on her administration’s first-term accomplishments, and looked ahead to the goals for her second term. This State of the Parish address included discussion of the mission of St. Tammany Parish Government, and the ways in which her administration has worked and will continue to work to accomplish that mission.
Brister touted the preservation and provision of behavioral health services at Southeast Louisiana Hospital, as well as the purchase of the hospital property in 2015, which will yield many benefits for the Parish. She discussed the St. Tammany Advanced Campus, which will provide workforce training through the Northshore Technical Community College, and the STEM Campus, as well as the St. Tammany Emergency Operations Center, which will be able to house multiple agencies if necessary, during a disaster. She discussed successes in economic development, stormwater management advances, the State’s first of its kind Advanced Audit, to provide additional oversight of taxpayer dollars, the launch of Keep St. Tammany Beautiful and green initiatives including the ongoing implementation of energy saving efforts through the Cleco City Smart program throughout Parish-owned facilities.
She then went on to share the vision of Parish Government, and to discuss the future of St. Tammany Parish. Projects include, the Cultural Arts District — which will include a Performing Arts Center, and provide a venue for students and artists throughout the Parish to showcase their work; Safe Haven — a comprehensive, continuum of care for behavioral health; the enhancement of the Parish’s Development Code to incorporate foundational resiliency; and the implementation of an integrated software system that will place internal Parish Government operations at the technological forefront and increase the efficiency of daily operations.
“Our vision is absolute,” Brister said. “As we work together through meaningful, civil discourse and interaction, we will continue to look at St. Tammany Parish as a whole, and invest our time, energy and tax dollars in projects that will serve many purposes and yield results that are multi-layered and long lasting. Our efforts must continue to lay the groundwork for the future of our citizens, and the continued success of our Parish for the next generation.”
The St. Tammany Parish Department of Finance was awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada, for the 12th consecutive year. This is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting. The comprehensive annual financial report, or CAFR, is evaluated every year and the award is given based on standards reached in the report. These include, demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story, and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.
Leslie Long, Director of Finance and Laura Reine Lyons, Senior Accounting Manager and Annie Perkins, Assistant Director of Financeare the recipients named on the award.
“This award is validation for St. Tammany Parish Government, as well as the taxpayers of our Parish, that we continue to exercise best practices when investing tax dollars,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “We once again applaud our finance department for their impeccable record-keeping and for their work as a cohesive team.”