Update June 22, 2017
We have some great news!!
Thanks to your support, donations and overwhelming generosity at our first-ever NAMIWalks St. Tammany event, our organization is able to cover the costs of living in the group homes until the end of July 2017.
It’s all because of you and your contributions that we have been able to get this far!
Now that we have positive momentum in our favor, we ask that you please continue to help us keep it moving and share our situation.
Also, we are extremely encouraged with our current conversations with potential companies, and area organizations to fund the comprehensive housing program for these 20 residents.
June 12, 2017
Due to “shifting priorities” with Federal dollars, NAMI St. Tammany (local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness) is experiencing a budget shortfall.
To put it bluntly, if these issues are not addressed, on July 1st of this year, 20 individuals who are living with severe and persistent mental illness will become homeless again! They are some of the most vulnerable members of our community.
Honestly, we are shocked that the funding has been lost, but we are not giving up the fight! And we are certainly not giving up on these 20 residents who call our residential programs, home.
We are seeking funding in the amount of $350,000, to provide a portion of the total cost for the NAMI St. Tammany Residential Programs. The homes are the longest standing group homes in the area; they have been in operation since 2001. They are the only licensed programs of their kind in the entire region and have frequently been referred to as the best residential programs in the State of Louisiana.
These programs save lives by allowing individuals, who otherwise may be subject to further institutionalization or homelessness, to live in a less restrictive environment while preparing them to move in the direction of recovery and independence.
Just as a comparison the daily costs in Louisiana for an individual living with Severe and Persistent Mental Illness in an inpatient psychiatric facility is $600-$1,000 daily vs. an Emergency Department (ED) $1,500 – $2,000 daily vs. prison costs of $300-$400 daily vs. costs of living in the NAMI St. Tammany Residential Programs at $65 daily.
Please know that we are doing everything we can to fill this funding gap immediately. NAMI St. Tammany is working diligently by writing grants, speaking with area foundations, their key funders and with area leadership. However, we could use your help.
The lives of 20 men and women in our community hang in the balance. With your support, you can make the most significant difference to our residents. You can change their future for the better. You can save their lives.
Please help us today! Make a donation, share this information and call our Louisiana Senators and share your concerns.
21454 Koop Drive Suite 2C
Mandeville, LA 70471
Phone: (985) 893-9064
2338 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-3015
520 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Phone: (202) 224-5824
Fax: (202) 224-9735
SR383, Russell Senate Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-4623
Fax: (202) 228-0447