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NEWS RELEASE
     
Northeast Delta HSA Establishes Opportunity Zone in South Monroe
 
Monroe, LA -  October 7, 2016 -
Northeast Delta Human Services Authority (NE Delta HSA) conducted an Opportunity Zone community meeting last night at the Emily P. Robinson Community Center in south Monroe. The NE Delta HSA Opportunity Zone is a strategic initiative designed to transform fragile south Monroe communities. The initiative seeks to increase access to NE Delta HSA services and promote healthy community behaviors. The Opportunity Zone event was attended by community and civic leaders, local pastors, Monroe Police Chief Quentin Holmes and additional city administrators.
 
"We have heard the needs of our citizens and we have also seen their tears," said Dr. Monteic A. Sizer, NE Delta HSA Executive Director. "Now is the time for us to act in ways that inspire positive community change and results in south Monroe," he said.
 
The NE Delta HSA Opportunity Zone grew out of the agency's regional Faith-Based Mental Health community summits. The Opportunity Zone is one of three NE Delta HSA-initiated regional coalitions that are designed to transform communities and reduce mental health and addiction prevalence, improve primary healthcare outcomes, reduce crime rates, enhance school and academic performance, equip faith and community leaders, increase job opportunities and establish and support public policies.
 
"The NE Delta HSA Opportunity Zone is truly about community hope and opportunity. It is about personal responsibility and self-sufficiency," said Dr. Sizer. "It is about honest dialogue toward positive change and a laser-like focus on results," he said. "We support south Monroe as a place where families can thrive, schools and businesses can flourish, neighborhoods are safe and houses of worship are the bedrock of the community."
 
NE Delta HSA uses evidence-based approaches to implement community programs. For more information about the NE Delta HSA Opportunity Zone, or if you wish to participate in upcoming coalition activities, contact LaTonya Owens, NE Delta HSA Prevention Coordinator at latonya.owens@la.gov .
 
To see photos of the Opportunity Zone event on the NE Delta HSA Facebook page, click here.
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A bout Northeast Delta Human Services Authority (Northeast Delta HSA )
Northeast Delta HSA directs the operation of community-based programs to improve the quality of life of people with major mental illness, developmental disabilities and addictive disorders. Northeast Delta HSA is devoted to deliver programs and services that encourage people to reach their true human potential.
 
Three tenets guide our efforts: excellent customer service, greater access to services and competent, quality care. Northeast Delta HSA serves citizens in 12 parishes of northeastern Louisiana: Caldwell, East Carroll, West Carroll, Ouachita, Lincoln, Madison, Franklin, Morehouse, Jackson, Tensas, Richland and Union. For more information, please call 318-362-3270.


Contact:
 
Jill Hirsekorn
Northeast Delta HSA Public Information Director
2513 Ferrand Street, Monroe, LA 71201
Phone 318-362-5482