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Inaugural Groundbreaking for St. Tammany Behavioral Health Campus, Safe Haven

Inaugural Groundbreaking for St. Tammany Behavioral Health Campus, Safe Haven

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, was joined by Nick Richard, Director NAMI, St. Tammany, Safe Haven project team members, dignitaries from Parish Agencies, and representatives from area hospitals to break ground on renovation of the facility that will house the NAMI St. Tammany Run Drop-In Center — the first component of the Safe Haven project, located on the site of Northlake Behavioral Health Campus.

“The significance of this groundbreaking cannot be understated,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “This is a big step toward an even bigger overall outcome — it marks the beginning of the implementation of our Safe Haven Master Plan which will eventually culminate with the opening of our Crisis Intervention Center.”

The NAMI St. Tammany Peer Run Drop-In Center program staffed by Certified Peer Support Specialists (PSS) will offer a warm and inviting home-like environment, and will target adults with severe and persistent behavioral health disorders in St. Tammany Parish, and assist them in finding access to appropriate support resources. It will also provide alternatives for less costly behavioral health care in a less restrictive environment, which can lead to recovery. The NAMI St. Tammany Drop-In Center will accept all eligible clients regardless of their ability to pay.

The NAMI St. Tammany Drop-In Center facility renovation is expected to be completed and operational by the end of the first quarter of 2018. Renovation costs of $558,496 are grant-funded.   

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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 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.