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St. Tammany Parish Marks Milestone as Louisiana’s First Crisis Receiving Center Begins to Take Shape

St. Tammany Parish Marks Milestone as Louisiana’s First Crisis Receiving Center Begins to Take Shape

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, hosted dignitaries from the White House, the U.S. Senate, the Louisiana Legislature, and the Archdiocese of New Orleans, for the ceremonial groundbreaking of the Crisis Receiving Center on the Safe Haven Campus in the Mandeville Area. The Crisis Receiving Center is the anchor of the Safe Haven Campus. This 24-bed, integrated, multi-agency facility will include, or have a direct connection to: a sobering room, a psychiatric observation room /respite center, healing services, outpatient treatment services, primary care, housing related resources, and intensive as well as acute services. Patients will either walk in, be dropped off by law enforcement, or transported from the emergency room, and then go through an assessment to receive the specialized care they need. They will then be guided to the best place for care for their specific need, within the center, or through an outside resource.

“This is a remarkable day for St. Tammany, and our entire region. Safe Haven is a unique investment in our future, because our elected officials, healthcare providers, first responders, non-profit organizations, and countless other agencies are working collaboratively to make this vision a reality. We are combining resources so every agency can focus on their field of expertise to provide healing to those who need it,” Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President said. “We look forward to the day —soon — when these doors open and people who struggle with behavioral health issues have access to streamlined care no matter where they are in their mental health journey. Safe Haven will serve St. Tammany Parish, and also strive to implement examples of best practices for other communities within Louisiana, and across the United Sates to replicate. Most importantly, we know that physical and mental well-being of our residents — our neighbors, friends and family — is the cornerstone of a healthy community.”

“While the addiction crisis continues to take too many lives, we are making progress in getting more help to those who need it.  Today was an incredibly special day because it means more family members, friends, and neighbors right here in Louisiana will have the opportunity to get their lives back,” said James Carroll, Director, U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy.  “By working with true leaders like Senator Kennedy, and those on the frontlines of this fight, the Trump Administration will continue to be relentless in our efforts to save lives.”

“It’s no secret that we have a drug problem in this country that is destroying families.  All too often, mental illness is at the root of an addiction,” said Sen. Kennedy.  “Drug Czar Carroll is committed to helping us resolve this problem as a nation.  Safe Haven is a candle of hope in the battle against mental illness and addiction.  This is a fight that we have to win.”

The goal of Safe Haven is to create a high-quality, coordinated, sustainable and humane network of behavioral healthcare anchored in St. Tammany Parish. The Crisis Receiving Center is housed in a Parish-Owned building on the site of the former 293-acre Southeast Hospital campus, which was purchased by St. Tammany Parish Government in 2015. St. Tammany Parish Government’s local Public Health Millage, as well as BP Funds,  were utilized for the for the planning, construction and renovation for the next phases of the Safe Haven Campus, including the Crisis Receiving Center. Renovations are expected to be complete in late 2019. Officials expect to open the Crisis Receiving Center upon completion of the renovations. In 2019, the State Bond Commission approved $500,000 in State Capital Outlay funding which will be used to construct a Training and Education Center, to further expand services on the Safe Haven Campus.

Noted speakers at the groundbreaking included: Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President; James Carroll, Director, U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy; John Kennedy, U.S. Senator; and Jack Donahue, Louisiana State Senator, Chairman of Safe Haven Foundation. The Most Reverend Gregory M. Aymond, Archbishop of New Orleans delivered the Invocation and the Benediction.

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In 2015 Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced her administration’s vision of developing a comprehensive system of behavioral health care in St. Tammany. Safe Haven will provide a collaborative healing environment for the behavioral health continuum by creating a high-quality, coordinated, sustainable and humane network of care anchored in St. Tammany Parish. The Safe Haven facility will serve as a comprehensive multi- faceted program and a “single point of entry” into the Behavioral Health continuum of care for law enforcement, the judiciary and local area hospitals. To sign up for updates on the progress of Safe Haven visit www.safehavenstp.org.

 

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13th Annual President’s Arts Awards Slated for September 26th

13th Annual President’s Arts Awards Slated for September 26th

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today that the 13th Annual President’s Arts Awards recipients will be honored at the President’s Arts Awards presented by the St. Tammany Commission on Cultural Affairs, Thursday, September 26, 2019, at the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum.

“I want to thank the Commission on Cultural Affairs for their hard work in selecting the recipients, and building an event that will honor our local arts community,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “This event is our way of saying thank you to our local artists, our arts patrons, and to all of our residents — for your continued investment in the arts, and the future of the arts, for our community.”

The ten recipients are as follows:

Visual Artist of the Year - Marcia Holmes

Literary Artist of the Year - Michelle Hirstius

Culinary Artist of the Year - Palmettos on the Bayou

Performing Artist of the Year - Café Luke Dinner Theatre

Musical Artist of the Year - Missi Spinosa

Patron of the Year - Covington Three Rivers Art Festival

President’s Award - Northlake Performing Arts Society

Native Son Award - Ian Somerhalder

Lifetime Achievement (Posthumously) - Willie Paretti

Outstanding Service Award - Jennifer Bushnell.

The 13th Annual President’s Arts Awards is dedicated to the Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Willie Paretti, who passed away in April of this year. Paretti was a founding member of the St. Tammany Commission on Cultural Affairs. 

Clear the Shelters 2019 Successful

Clear the Shelters 2019 Successful

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced that Clear the Shelters 2019, was a success.

“Thank you to St. Tammany Parish for coming out to support Animal Services through pet adoption,” Brister Said. “We surpassed our goal. 47 animals were adopted and 10 animals are on hold for when they are ready to be adopted — so 57 animals were placed on this day. Thank you.”

This is the second year the St. Tammany Parish Department of Animal Services participated in Clear the Shelters. Anyone interested in adopting a pet from Animal Services can visit the shelter located at 31078 Highway 36 in the Lacombe area. Adoption hours are 10 a.m. – 4p.m. Monday through Saturday, and closed for lunch from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. Visit www.stpgov.org/departments/animal-services   to see animals currently available for adoption.

See our adoption video here.

 

 

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St. Tammany Parish Department of Animal Services Participates in Clear the Shelters 2019

St. Tammany Parish Department of Animal Services Participates in Clear the Shelters 2019
 
Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced the Department of Animal Services will participate in Clear the Shelters 2019 — a nationwide, fee-waived, pet adoption drive — on Saturday, August 17, 2019.
 
“During this event in 2018, over 50 pets found forever homes, and this year, we want to surpass that number,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “When you shop the shelter first, you get a pet who has been spayed or neutered, micro-chipped, and vaccinated. And during Clear the Shelter there’s no fee to adopt. It’s a win for the animal and a win for the pet owner as well.”
 
Animal Services has extended to hours for the Clear The Shelters event to make as convenient as possible, and will have special adoption hours 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. (on August 17). Regular adoption hours as of August 1, 2019 are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and closed for lunch from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. Animal Services is located at 31078 Highway 36 in the Lacombe area.

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Improvements Begin on the Tammany Trace Bridge over Bayou Lacombe

Improvements Begin on the Tammany Trace Bridge over Bayou Lacombe

Work is underway to prepare the Tammany Trace Bridge over Bayou Lacombe for upcoming scheduled maintenance and improvements. The drawbridge will remain in the down position, and closed to marine traffic, from Monday, August 12- Friday August 23, 2019, for critical bridge repairs. There will be no alternative marine routes through this area. Trace patrons should expect intermittent delays throughout these improvements.

We ask that you please plan to make alternative travel plans due to the closure restrictions that this work will necessitate. If there are any changes to this schedule, St. Tammany Parish Government will notify the public. Repairs will include: the removal, repair, and reinstallation of the existing winch; replacement of the cables; and the repair of six of the existing bent caps on the approach spans.

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Scheduled Water Main Repair will Necessitate Service Interruption and Precautionary Boil Advisory Faubourg Water System (PWS 1103149)

Scheduled Water Main Repair will Necessitate Service Interruption and Precautionary Boil Advisory

Faubourg Water System (PWS 1103149)

If weather permits, Tammany Utilities (TU) will begin maintenance work to repair a leaking water main on Tuesday, August 6, 2019. Water service will be temporarily interrupted beginning at 9 a.m. in the following areas: Tuscany West Subdivision, Northpointe Business Park, Ashland Oaks Business Park, RTD Beverage, and 71313 and 71325 Highway 1077, in the Covington area. Once water service is restored, a Precautionary Boil Advisory will be in place, in accordance with Louisiana Department of Health regulations.

The Boil Advisory will remain in effect until rescinded by Tammany Utilities.  It is recommended that residents disinfect their water before consuming it (including fountain drinks), water for making ice, water for brushing teeth, and before using it for food preparation or rinsing of foods, by the following means:

Boil water for one (1) full minute in a clean container.  The one minute starts after the water has been brought to a rolling boil.  (The flat taste can be eliminated by shaking the water in a clean bottle, pouring it from one clean container to another, or by adding a small pinch of salt to each quart of water that is boiled.)

Again, please be sure to disinfect your own water prior to consumption until you have been advised otherwise.

Tammany Utilities will rescind this Boil Advisory  upon notification from the Louisiana Department of Health, Office of Public Health that additional water samples collected from our system have shown the water to be safe.  

Customers affected by this advisory will be advised when it is rescinded by an automated phone call, signs throughout the affected area, and notices on the Parish Government’s web and social media sites.  If you have any questions, please call Tammany Utilities at (985) 276-6400.

Open Government Launched to Increase Accessibility, Engagement

Open Government Launched to Increase Accessibility, Engagement

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President announced the launch of the new Open Government transparency portal at  www.stpgov.org/opengov, designed to increase convenience and openness, provide more comprehensive budgetary information, and make the Parish’s website even easier to use.

“We want to be the most open and accessible Parish Government in the State. Our website has never been more transparent, easier to access, or easier to understand,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “Open Government gives people information that is already out there on separate departmental pages like: our budget, bid information, and public meetings information, but also newer, more in-depth information like our Checkbook — basically a monthly listing of our expenses. It’s gathered and located on one, easily accessible and user-friendly page. We hope everyone takes this opportunity to get plugged in to Parish Government.”

Open Government can be accessed at this link, or found under the heading Initiatives on the Parish’s website. A link to a video explanation of the page can be found here. Other items on the page include: Public Meetings information; contracts and purchases and Human Resources information. Questions about the page can be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE

PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE


THE FOLLOWING MEETINGS WILL BE HELD IN COUNCIL CHAMBERS OF THE PARISH GOVERNMENT COMPLEX, 21490 KOOP DRIVE, OFF HIGHWAY 59, MANDEVILLE, LOUISIANA:
AGENDA REVIEW COMMITTEE MTG. WEDNESDAY, JULY 31, 2019 AT 6:00 PM
COUNCIL FINANCE COMMITTEE MTG. WEDNESDAY, JULY 31, 2019 AT 6:00 PM
SPECIAL COUNCIL MEETING WEDNESDAY. JULY 31, 2019 AT 6:00 P.M.
DRAINAGE/MITIGATION STUDY WORKGROUP WEDNESDAY. JULY 31, 2019 AT 6:00 P.M.

REGULARCOUNCIL MEETING THURSDAY, AUGUST 8, 2019 AT 6:00 PM

Save the Date for Keep St. Tammany Beautiful’s 2019 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Save the Date for Keep St. Tammany Beautiful’s 2019 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President announced today, the Keep St. Tammany Beautiful 2019 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day is scheduled for Saturday, October 26, 2019, from 8 a.m. -12 p.m., at the Centerpoint Park and Ride, adjacent to Northshore Technical Community College located at 65556 Centerpoint Boulevard.

“We all work together in St. Tammany to preserve our natural beauty. This event is something we look forward to hosting each year, as it gives residents the opportunity to responsibly dispose of their Household Hazardous Waste at no cost to them,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “It is very popular, and we are always so grateful for the patience of those who participate, our volunteers, and our sponsors who help us make this event happen.”

This collection event is for residential household hazardous waste. No vehicles larger than pick-up trucks and no pull-behind trailers larger than 8-feet are allowed. No commercial vehicles carrying commercial waste are allowed. Also, white goods are not accepted. Volunteers for the event are needed, so anyone wanting to volunteer can contact Keep St. Tammany Beautiful at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. A list of eligible items for disposal can be found at  www.keepsttammanybeautiful.org .

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After Two Years Apart — Animal Services and Up-to-Date Technology —Reunite Owner with Her Dog

After Two Years Apart — Animal Services and Up-to-Date Technology —Reunite Owner with Her Dog
 

For the St. Tammany Parish Department of Animal Services, it was business as usual when they recently took in Isabella — a dog who was surrendered because her owner had died. Shelter staff scanned Isabella for a microchip and learned that she actually belonged to someone else— Susan Pitre — who had not seen Bella, as she is known — in over two years, since she got out of her yard and was lost. The person who found Isabella, took her in as his own.
 
“Our team at Animal Services is dedicated in every way to the animals in their care,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “This is just one of many success stories pets and their owners have experienced as a result of the hard work of the employees at Animal Services, and their smart standard operating procedures.”
 
“As soon as any animal is brought in to our shelter, one of the first things we do is scan them. If they have a microchip, and the information is kept up-to-date, we can find the proper owner and contact them to come and get their pet — who is to most people, actually a member of their family,” said Melisa Sullivan, Director of St. Tammany Parish Department of Animal Services. “Nothing makes us happier than a successful reunion, and this one was especially beautiful to watch. This is one reason why every animal in adoption is microchipped.”
 
When an animal is adopted from the St. Tammany Parish Department of Animal Services, spaying/neutering, microchipping, and vaccinations are included in the adoption fee. July is National Lost Pet Prevention Month. Shelter officials urge all pet owners to microchip their pets, no matter where they are adopted/purchased from, so that in the event that the pet is lost, shelter and veterinarians can scan them and find their owners. 
 
Until July 31, 2019, all adoption fees are waived for adoptable pets at the Animal Services Shelter, located at 31078 Highway 36, in the Lacombe area. Adoption hours are from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday- Saturday.  
 
Watch the reunion here.

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