NAMI Receives $23,000 Check From UnitedHealthcare Community Plan Of Louisiana

UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
(Pictured L to R) Mary Giliberti, Executive Director, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Ken Anderson, VP, Optum, Sharon Hoffman, Medical Director of Behavioral Health, UnitedHealthcare, Nicole McGee, Executive Director, National Alliance on Mental Illness Louisiana Chapter, Dr. Ann Kay Logarbo, Chief Medical Officer, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Louisiana and Jean Comeaux, Board Member/Treasurer, National Alliance on Mental Illness Louisiana Chapter.

NEW ORLEANS – The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Louisiana Chapter received $23,000 from UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Louisiana to support, enhance and expand the “train the trainer” program for the “Mental Health First Aid” program in Louisiana.

         Dr. Ann Kay Logarbo, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Louisiana’s chief medical officer presented the donation to Nicole McGee, executive director of NAMI Louisiana Chapter.

         The Mental Health First Aid program is an in-person training that teaches individuals how to help people developing a mental illness or in a crisis. The program teaches signs of addiction and mental illnesses, the impact of mental and substance disorders, a 5-step action plan to assess a situation, and help provide local resources and where to turn for help. The program will provide prevention and early intervention for people facing mental health challenges.

          “Our goal is to educate professionals such as police officers and teachers, caretakers or anyone that may have regular contact with individuals living with a mental illness or how to properly approach an existing or impending mental health crisis,” said McGee. “How someone is approached and handled during a mental health crisis can greatly affect the outcome of the situation.”

          “It is often difficult for people to recognize serious mental and emotional illness, and that’s why UnitedHealthcare is supporting NAMI and the Mental Health First Aid program in Louisiana,” said Dr. Logarbo. “These local community programs offer education, support and training needed to make a positive difference in Louisianans’ health and well-being.”

         NAMI reports that one in four adults — nearly 60 million Americans — experience a mental health disorder in a given year.

 

 

 

 

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