About Louisiana Spirit DR4263 Flooding March 2016

Sunday, March 13, 2016, the State of Louisiana received a Major Disaster Declaration as a result severe weather and flood event that impacted thirty-six of the State's sixty-four parishes.

In the aftermath of the disaster, the Department of Health and Hospitals, Office of Behavioral Health temporarily deployed the Behavioral Health Cadre' Crisis Support Staff to the designated communities until the Louisiana Spirit Crisis Counseling Program operations was established.

Louisiana Spirit is a federally-funded Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program for individuals, families and groups most affected by the disaster. Louisiana Spirit Program is currently available in twenty-five of the presidentially declared parishes. Services are offered through a collaborative partnership with the local Human Services District and Authorities (HSD/A) in their respective service delivery areas as follows:

 Florida Parishes Human Services Authorities' services are available in the parishes of Livingston, Tangipahoa, St. Helena, St. Tammany and Washington Parishes;

  • Northeast Delta Louisiana Human Services Authorities' services are available in the parishes of Caldwell, East Carroll, Franklin, Jackson, Lincoln, Madison, Morehouse, Ouachita, Richland, Union, and West Carroll; and
  • Northwest Louisiana Human Services Districts' services are available in the parishes of Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Claiborne, De Soto, Natchitoches, Sabine, Red River, and Webster.

As with any traumatic disaster, survivors experience a range of social, emotional, and psychological problems and exhibit a variety of mental health issues. Some reactions survivors may experience include:

  • feelings of anger,
  • fear,
  • sadness,
  • trouble concentrating,
  • avoiding people,
  • sleeping problems, and
  • grief

Some problems may include:

  • Short tempers,
  • Financial difficulties,
  • Domestic violence,
  • Unemployment, and
  • Homelessness

Many survivors have been displaced from their homes, while others become homeless without a safe and secure place to call their own.

Survivors frequently experience symptoms of depression and/or anxiety. Substance use may increase for many individuals as a result of the disaster as an attempt to cope with the aftermath.

To speak with a Louisiana Spirit crisis

counselor, call 1-866-310-7977.