Keep Southeast Louisiana Hospital Open
  • Petitioned Lousiana Division of Administration & Department of Health and Hospitals

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Lousiana Division of Administration & Department of Health and Hospitals

Keep Southeast Louisiana Hospital Open

    1. Jennifer DeMarcy
    2. Petition by

      Jennifer DeMarcy

      Covington, LA

The hospital has been a mainstay in mental health care since the early 1950's, and over the years with continuous cuts in the program, its resources have gained critical importance. Mental health advocates say Southeast Louisiana Hospital has been one of their top hospitals in the region.

SELH is a 348 bed state operated psychiatric treatment facility serving adults, adolescents, and children. Current programs and services provided by Southeast Louisiana Hospital are based on the belief that persons with mental illness can and do recover. The concept of recovery and resiliency which places emphasis on the involvement of the individual and family, personal responsibility and self direction is reflected in the design of treatment programs and services offered by the hospital. Additionally, as part of the recovery model SELH promotes client involvement in the day to day operation of the hospital.

This state needs the mental health Southeast LA Hospital provides. If the hospital closes, the clients will be moved out of the place where both the clients and their families know they are safe. Not only that, but it is taking the clients away from their families. Most clients who go home on the weekends, will not be able to do that anymore as distance will be a factor. If they move, they won't get regular visits from their families. How would you feel if it was your family member? Not to mention there will be even more mentally ill people on the streets.

On to the caregivers of these clients: 563 full time employees will lose their job.  This number does not include all the contract and pool employees. These are people who are there because they love what they do. They don't do it for the money. They do it because they believe in what they do. Most of the employees struggle to pay their bills. If they lose their jobs, they lose everything.

This will have a potentially severe economic impact on Southeast Louisiana, especially Mandeville and Lacombe. It will affect all of St. Tammany Parish as people will not have the money to spend. Local restaurants that are packed during lunch hour, will be ghost towns.

 

"Southeast Louisiana Hospital, one team with a mission: hope, empowerment, and recovery."

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    1. Reached 2,500 signatures
    2. PROTEST

      Jennifer DeMarcy
      Petition Organizer

      Tomorrow evening, Tuesday, July 31, we are having a protest at 6pm at the LSU Dental School in New Orleans. Please try to make it. We need as many people as possible. Please remember there is power in numbers! WDSU will be there!

    3. Reached 2,000 signatures
    4. Website

      Jennifer DeMarcy
      Petition Organizer

      We now have a website, please check us out for great news articles, opinion letters to the newspapers, and contact information to send your letters of concern to elected officials.

    5. Reached 1,000 signatures
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      Jennifer DeMarcy
      Petition Organizer

      If you are on Facebook, feel free to check out the page Save Southeast Louisiana Hospital.

    7. Local leaders meeting with Greenstein

      Jennifer DeMarcy
      Petition Organizer

      I called Senator Donahue's office today. His secretary says that he will be having a private meeting with Pat Brister, the St. Tammany Parish Coroner, and Bruce Greenstein on Tuesday to oppose the closing of the hospital.

    8. Reached 500 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Virginia Harp EASTMAN, GA
      • about 2 years ago

      Mental health issues has become such a problem, its put a bandage on it and it'll go away, but its not that easy. People need help and not everyone has the money or insurance to pay for it.

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    • Stephen Adkins PARLIN, NJ
      • about 2 years ago

      I'm a former Louisiana resident. My three children live in the NOLA area.

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    • Vincent L. Deliberto PLAINFIELD, NJ
      • about 2 years ago

      The hospital must stay "alive," too many people depend on SELH. Where will the patients go? My grandmother was a patient at SELH over 60yrs. ago, and I know how important this hospital is to the people who really need it! What will happen to the caregivers and the work they provide?

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    • Phyllis Raabe NEW ORLEANS, LA
      • about 2 years ago

      We need mental health facilities--and this one has been a good one. We need to fund its continuation.

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    • Gerard F. Gaudin METAIRIE, LA
      • about 2 years ago

      Anyone whom votes in some of our Politicians, proves we need Mental Health Care!!!

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