MENTAL HEALTH & PSYCHIATRY
Addiction Recovery Resources of New Orleans
Dr. Alphonse Kenison Roy, III is Medical Director of Addiction Recovery Resources (ARRNO), Louisiana’s premier alcohol and chemical dependency treatment center. ARRNO offers confidential, comprehensive, multidisciplinary treatment for
individuals and families. A treatment team of certified and licensed physicians, counselors and nurses lead medically directed programs that address the physical, mental and spiritual dimensions of addictive disease. All counselors have Master’s level degrees and assessments are free of charge.
Dr. Roy, Distinguished Fellow, American Psychiatric Association; Fellow, American Society of Addiction Medicine; was recognized by the Greater New Orleans Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse with the 2007 Community Pioneer Award and in ‘06 was awarded the Excellence in Treatment Award. After graduating from Tulane University Medical School in 1972, Dr. Roy practiced Emergency and Family Medicine and earned certification by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He then devoted his practice to addiction treatment and working toward parity from insurance companies for mental illness. He joined The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) in ‘84, was certified by ASAM in ‘86 and worked to develop addiction treatment programs at several New Orleans area hospitals, an outpatient facility and a residential facility.
Prior to admission into programs, a thorough bio-psychosocial assessment is conducted to determine the appropriate level of care for each patient. After
evaluation, patients are offered effective treatment modalities, which might include individual therapy, intensive outpatient services, residential treatment, outpatient detoxification, and/or referral for inpatient detoxification. The ARRNO campus is
conveniently located in Metairie, with gender-specific apartments for residential patients. The Intensive Outpatient Program is designed to enable patients to attend treatment in the evenings while continuing to engage in their normal daily responsibilities.
For complete information on ARRNO programs and staff, visit www.arrno.org, or call (504) 780-2766.
Mercy Family Center
Almost 6,000 children have received mental health interventions though Project Fleur-de-lis™, a collaborative endeavor involving key entities within Catholic, Public/Charter and Private Schools, Catholic Healthcare and Catholic Social Services in the greater New Orleans area. Project Fleur-de-lis™ was designed by Douglas W. Walker, Ph.D., of Mercy Family Center as an intermediate and long-term, school-based mental health service model for children who have been exposed to traumatic events as a result of natural and man-made disasters.
The objectives of this collaborative are three-fold: to provide early intervention, to establish a mechanism for identification of and services to children with counseling or mental health needs and to provide a wide range of and increased access to mental healthcare for children and families. Forty-five schools are currently enrolled in Project Fleur-de-lis™.
Mercy Family Center provides innovative mental health services to children, adolescents and their families, with particular concern for the economically poor, regardless of socioeconomic position.
Mercy Family Center is currently experiencing a steady increase in the number of new clients, all of whom are demonstrating symptoms directly related to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and many who had pre-existing conditions that have been exacerbated as a result of the upheaval created by Katrina.
The Center provides comprehensive outpatient mental health services for
children, adolescents and their families. Competent and experienced support
services are essential as families struggle to cope with complex issues and family histories that contribute to their problems. At Mercy Family Center, the clinical staff can assess the problems and discern underlying issues that often are overlooked or have been undiagnosed and untreated for years.
For more information, call
(504) 838-8283 (Metairie), or
(985) 727-7993 (Mandeville), or visit www.mercyfamilycenter.com.
River Oaks Hospital
River Oaks Hospital is a private
psychiatric facility for adults, adolescents and children. For the past 30 years,
River Oaks has established a tradition of excellence in the treatment of acute
psychiatric illness, dual diagnosis, alcohol and drug detoxification, trauma based
disorders, compulsive behaviors and eating disorders.
At River Oaks, the Addictive Disorders/Dual Diagnosis Program is designed to treat individuals with alcohol or drug related problems and psychiatric issues. A 12-step recovery program provides a framework to treating the addictive process while a
multidisciplinary treatment approach is utilized to address any mental health
The Adult Psychiatry Program is equipped to address a multitude of
psychiatric illnesses including depressive disorders, bi-polar illnesses, anxiety
disorders and chronic mental illness. Individuals experiencing severe
behavioral disturbances or an inability to function my also benefit from treatment.
Services for children and adolescents at River Oaks Hospital are specifically designed to meet the mental health care needs of patients ages eight through 17. Treatment consists primarily of group, family and individual therapies. Family therapy is an integral part of treatment.
The Eating Disorders Treatment Center is committed to the treatment of males and females with anorexia, bulimia and related eating disorders. The team embraces an eclectic approach, which simultaneously addresses physical and mental health problems. The multi-disciplinary treatment team is comprised of nationally known experts experienced with eating disordered patients. Physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, nutritionists and expressive arts therapists comprise the team.
The New Orleans Institute provides specialized treatment for individuals suffering from trauma based disorders, compulsive behaviors and post-traumatic stress. Treatment includes intensive psychotherapy (individual and group
interventions) for the stabilization of depression, anxiety and addictions, as well as to identify and provide resolution for the cycles of self-destructive behaviors, dissociation and relationship difficulties.
Recognizing that patients suffering from chronic psychiatric problems are often at risk for repeated inpatient hospitalizations, River Oaks Hospital has developed an array of Partial Hospitalization Programs designed to address the mental health concerns of specific populations that have demonstrated a need for specialized
For more information about River Oaks Hospital, call (504) 734-1740, or visit www.riveroakshospital.com.
Located on three acres in scenic Uptown New Orleans, Poydras Home
is a premier continuing care retirement community that has been serving the needs of the local area since 1917. Poydras Home is known nationally for its quality of care and innovative programs that allow our residents to enjoy life to the fullest in a beautiful and historic setting.
Poydras Home is growing and expanding to meet the changing needs of the New Orleans area. Poydras Home offers a full continuum of care consisting of four units: Hunter House (Alzheimer’s Unit), the Historic Home Assisted/Nursing Care), Garden House (Independent Living) and PHASE (Adult Day Care). All rooms are private and overlook beautifully landscaped grounds. Poydras Home’s state-of-the-art Alzheimer’s unit, Hunter House, provides unparalleled special care with unique individualized activities, a secure outdoor garden and walking path.
Poydras Home’s professional and committed caring staff delivers compassionate, quality supportive services. The staffing ratio for the nursing and assisted care residents is second to none. RN supervisors manage state certified LPNs and CNAs to
provide the highest quality of care.
From independent living to highly individualized care, Poydras Home is the only full continuum of care community with dementia care and an adult day program in the Greater New Orleans Area. Poydras Home offers top notch care in a warm and inviting home environment.
For more information about Poydras Home, call (504) 897-0535.
WOLDENBERG VILLAGE RETIREMENT COMMUNITY
Woldenberg Village Retirement Community, owned by Touro Infirmary, offers a variety of living accommodations, services and programs to meet the varied needs of seniors at different life stages. The professionals at Woldenberg recognize the individual needs of residents in various stages of dementia or those suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease.
Azaleas, the assisted living unit at Woldenberg includes Evergreens, a locked Alzheimer’s and dementia unit, as does WillowWood, the skilled nursing unit at the facility. Patients are welcome to have their own psychiatrists treat them, although there is a psychiatrist who does rounds at Woldenberg.
“We have a very good staffing ratio here,” says Lee Ann Walsh, of Woldenberg Village. “We have RNS, LPNs, CNAs and also an activity therapy staff trained in Alzheimer’s and dementia.”
In WillowWood, the skilled nursing section, residents live in private or
semi-private rooms. The unit is designed for individuals who may no longer be able to feed themselves or who suffer from incontinence, behavioral issues or have a tendency to become combative. There is a higher level of care in the skilled nursing unit.
In the assisted living section, residents live in apartments that include a living room, bedroom, bathroom and kitchenette. Professional staff members check on residents regularly and assist them with activities of daily living.
Residents suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease are stimulated with activities, including daily exercises that stress range or motion, as well as games, such as volleyball and memory exercises. Residents in Evergreen are taken out in to the community at least once a week, to the movies, lunch or other destinations.
Families are welcome to visit at any time and those from out of town can often stay on premises. The facility is located on 13 acres in New Orleans, with gated outside gardens and wandering areas that are fully secure.
For more information about Woldenberg Village Retirement Community, call (504) 897-7011, or visit www.touro.com.
Alzheimer’s Residential Care Homes (ARCH) Medical studies have shown that
individuals affected with Alzheimer’s Disease or related dementia fare better when they live in a caring, homelike environment and are exposed to a structured program of creative, physical and mental stimulation. Alzheimer’s Residential Care Homes (ARCH) provides real homes in nice neighborhoods with only five persons
living in each residence.
The homes have 24-hour supervision. Staff members have extensive training in healthcare and receive further training in working with people with Alzheimer’s
ARCH facilities consist of pleasant, five-bedroom homes in well-maintained quiet neighborhoods. Residents experience the warmth and atmosphere of a real home with a secluded and secure backyard.
Each resident has an individualized care plan based on an extensive pre-admittance interview with family members. Residents are offered structured, failure-free activities, including art, sing-a-longs, physical exercise, games and the viewing of favorite videotapes. Three meals are served daily, plus snacks. Regular family conferences are held to support and review each resident’s progress.
For more information, call
(504) 528 7941.