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Mar 19, 2017|

WWL’s Monica Pierre discusses various community projects and services that benefit the infrastructure of Greater New Orleans.

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Good Sunday look at era thinking so much for joining us today a little money is he coming up we can religious do you. The moon and. Details about Delgado community college's annual music festival and event and that includes songwriting contest. Hutus and the Sunnis or doesn't I had any need for. I intend to. Move on an annual men and women should luncheon benefiting the New Orleans Valerie association. Delgado music festival is coming up at the end of march and heated talk about it is music professor Delgado. Jesse Boyd Jesse thanks for being with us on the show they Q. Tell us about the Delgado music festival how to do this all gets started. Well the music first fooled again because who filler we needed more visibility there really was the results of for years over till people were one particular school here in town and ever one would always say while Rogers agreed music programs there. And went over tell them that I worked to Delgado this overwhelming response was always I didn't know they had music there. So we came over decided is to let people know that yes indeed we do music at toga. Well I'll join the chorus. Did you know you have nothing go out and not have been there a long time yet and there are 21 years and tell us about this year's Delgado music festival what can people expect. The music festival for Sawyer you can expect is to have a good Time Warner and we wanted to do something. In addition to the visibility for the music department that sort of thing we're community college also want to do something for the community. So what you can expect us to come in here are some wonderful music we've artists such as. Step and more or Anders as for India iguanas through and I closed the festival for us so we have a lot of really good acts and we also. In our festival we include the an academic portion that you may receivers the other festivals. And were gonna have semester classes will have master classes and things like code. Songwriting. Vocal technique that sort of thing and we also. Have had a very successful songwriting contest. Let beta is so successful fills up with somebody on this portion well it was so successful because we had so many entries. As a matter of we we in the very beginning we were going to have one winner that we were gonna have perform. Our festival. That was part of what they were going to win and then in terms of prizes but we had so many people. Applies we had over. Well we're probably better on 12100. Applicants. From all over the world. Hitter and and so we decided to have two winners and the winners. Of this to a receiver. But paid to do get the festival. And also some recording time until got a because we do also have a great recording studio. We'll talk about that as well as were joined by music professor Delgado Jesse boy talking about Delgado is. Music festival including. I guess the very popular song writing contest. What goes in two successful songwriting because we think of the artists we think of the singer and we know there's a song. But oftentimes we don't think about who actually wrote the song. What goes into a successful song from the writer's standpoint. From the writer's standpoint is has a lot to do who I've always felt like it has a lot to do was being yourself with during what comes naturally. And also we need through. You need to have some sort of a hook you know you have to have something that the people are going to remember in terms of words. In the mellowed the is also very important if it's something that they can saying you're either going to whistle when they're leaving. The investment discipline they're gonna carry with them and then you'll be successful. I'm a big fan of the voice on NBC am always amazed with. What goes into the critique that there are often given to the singers especially about the story telling me you should they tell the story. Of the songs so that's that's quite quite interest and so the dates again for dog out of music festival. The dates are Friday march 31. And Saturday April 1 will begin around 11 o'clock in the morning and finish around 830 at night. You talked about this a music department that Delgado has the most people are learning more and more about every day. Tell us about it especially. If it helps musicians enhance their performance engineering and even the music business. By the things. We do we have we have but music. Portion of it where you can incumbents. The you can take private lessons and almost anything voice. Guitar brass instruments woodwind instruments are really almost anything that you can think of you considering in our choir. Professor Stephen Edwards. It is the conductor or acquire. We have two very wonderful large big bad the jazz ensemble we just recently performed. At the Loyola test for us. And we have a smaller group just come both performing group or you can take jazz classes improvisation classes. Music history classes. Kevin George is a theory teachers who you can you can brush up on news here you can actually take two years of period. And Horry also. Music business class is so here you can study. Music entrepreneur shoot the marketing promotion. And you could also grow morrow on the recording excitedly things you can tape recording classes and live audio troubleshooting classes in Minnesota that. And what happens suit that graduates have music department. The graduates either go on to good jobs we're we're all very you work force oriented where do you even in our performing classes. We work on songs and work on arrangements that are going to visit students gonna run into when they go out and try to play it dude I've played. Music here for a very long time so I know what they need to know. So there isn't gonna go out and start performing start recording short working in the studios. We've. We've got people traveling around with with bench during their self for them. Or they're gonna go and who vote for you or. Institution. We have very good agreement with Florio and we also sent a lot of students Hugh Nolan out of school and. So the business side I guess when you tell people that you are musician there always think you'll can you make a living out of this can you make a life so I guess he make it which you make it. Or there you can definitely make a living did not affect over the years is I've talked musicians from around the world. They seem to feel like being in New Orleans is a very special place in a wonderful opportunity. Quite a special opportunities that you can play. Music every did it mean for probably. Pointed toward a five years us slowed down a little bit recently just because of you know you can do reach image for you. You start to slowdown. But for many many years I ever split about him during the week which meant I was playing every single day two or three times editor on the weekend and I mean it's it's really easy in new. If someone would like to find out more about the upcoming don't got a musical festival what do they do. The pin either called you can struggle and work truly goes for. Or. The easiest thing. Yeah. Fifty only got a big. It's an annual event that honors ten minute and ten women who had. Amplify a unique personal style as well. As a civic business and charitable endeavor Ginny Hamilton joins us he's the executive director of the new law is valley association. It talk about the 45 annual free delicate and how are you out by Danny how are you doing today to tell us about the event well. Men and women a fashion our two organizations time and went menopause was created in 1971. And since then they have been honoring hundreds of men and women to just are pillars of our community. Who'd do so much amazing work and exemplify. That unique personal style that makes and Terry specials so we as non valley association are. Very honored to be the recipient of the proceeds of the luncheon that Kennedy held every year. She's plea in April this year on April the fifth. That our honors this men and women and these proceeds go to. Underwriter. Free education programs our Tom Daschle we award winning training programs for youth and so which is they honored to be the recipient as proceeds looks a correlation between ballet and this you know fashion. With since organization was founded in 1971 has always been linked to the arts and I I think that these organizations select the arts. Are crucial and critical to the kind of community that they want to live man and attract the businesses that that we want to bring to this community and providing economic development. And and just be workforce development for the use that we train and I and I think that they feel like the charts that are critical to this community. He was the details about the upcoming luncheon that's going to be held on April. The tickets are 100 dollars each and that includes a champagne reception and the and the luncheon is going to be held at that and cults and I've Riverside and he's just a lot of fine beautiful fashion and since so much fun to be an Iran with so many. Amazing people that you so much for the community. Performance by some of our group professional children and huge silent auction and champagne poll you name that it has learned everything fell about Bravo in the valley resource and volunteer organization. So problem was created. Two to be our our fund raising arm and says this is about 200 person's strong organization of volunteers. That come together every year and plan our fund raisers and volunteer at the events and raise money for our annual nutcracker. To make sure that our children on and senior citizens that are part that production of providing cost teams in the sense that all the things that they need to make up production spectacular. Day they are really the act on an orientation. We're joined by Jimmy Hammel and getting Hamilton executive director of the New Orleans belly association talking about the upcoming. Let's Shannon actually honor men and women of fashion. And you mentioned that there's so many great programs and noble we always love to have you on talking about it. But out also part of the event is some pre professional students in your educational program will be part of it. They did every here at bases perform on that runway so this runway is as you know Reilly's very small. In these students are performing on that runway every year and this year of a theme of the of the luncheon that the two chairs and Melanie kind of talent and share on Turkey's sister at the chairs of the issues luncheon and you can see a lot of butterflies so we have students that are going to be butterflies on the runway. But they're scared just to to give the audience a glance into what they're raising that money for and what they're what their dollars are being treated for our for the betterment of of the issues are who are. Outstanding these she's just inspire us and amaze us day in and day out what are some of the programs that New Orleans belly associate has coming up on April the twenty seconds we have complexion is contemporary ballet at this is absolutely won a nor Allen's favorite companies. It's led by two former elite stars Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson. And of course Desmond was actually the first African American pencil dance with American ballet theatre he was before misty Copeland she was the first African American female principal dancer. And Desmond has done everything in of course is one of them as well on on dancers in the world that path fabulously program. Really fun pop music to David Foley brand new work that is very well received around the world to act music of David politte. So that's going to be April 22 and how Ajax and and we closed to seize and wind. Oh a young woman who is considered by many to be this country's leading female choreographer and server name is Jessica playing not actress Valerie out of Chris says the delay. Out of Chile are former tallest RT answers she has her own company but ash she has taken off like a rocket and she's just premiered works as. Well us on our own company with. American ballet theater with Pacific northwest ballet dishes created new works it actually also. She just his temper Cisco opera as I eat at the choreography for that. So she adds she is really really really taken off and she's going to be three in a program of work one port cot test tracks a time. It is a work that was created around by the Chicago architecture be an hour and two. Sets by Steven hall and then she's also got to work half thousand yard stare at that she created an honor of the military that's just both of them theory very powerful works so we're so honored and I to have both of these choreographers and and companies coming again. April 22 complexion and may thirteenth to escalate Ryan of course the luncheon is April that there's a website for more information. About the actual moon. Yeah he gets his no I mean you CNN com or do you certainly can't remember either. Through my mind. Basically what they're thinking semites. Metropolitan human services district has been awarded a three million dollar grant. To reduce drug and OBI death rates. Donny's a talk about the grant and what the funds will be used for is doctor Rochelle had done the executive medical director of metropolitan human services district. Doctor Donna thank you for being with us thank you the morning before we speak specifically about the grant and will be used for. Tell us about the role in the mission of metropolitan human services district absolutely. A metropolitan human services district. Is one of ten. Legislatively in able local governing authorities. I'll buy that we mean they are federally and state funded to provide services for individuals who. Suffer from three disabilities one is mental illness. The Evelyn is addictive disorders. And the third is intellectual and developmental disabilities. Those populations. Of individuals that we prioritize. A typically individuals who otherwise would not be receiving. Our services are receiving services period so we really are safety net. Organization that the state system really hasn't placed a mixture. That everybody has service and you all in Warren act says that by the legislature back in 2003. Exactly. And what was going on at the time what you needed this type of legislative body formed so. Just some Paris was the first of its kind then capital area and Baton Rouge area we were third. All of our districts and in particular. The Orleans Saint Bernard and plaque almonds. Parishes. District which is metropolitan human services district. We were divided agencies we had the office for addictive disorders which handled addiction. We have office for citizens with developmental disabilities at the state level that handle. ID problems and then we have some health. I'm in order for us to really better serve. Populations that have. A mix of those conditions. It was really bad and bring all of those offices under one umbrella. So that we can better integrate care to better meet the need for an economy of scale kind of thing yet exactly. Let's talk about the granted it's quite impressive it's a three million dollar grant. How are you able to secure those funds so actually the primary. Agency that was awarded the grant was the Louisiana department of health's. Office of behavioral health. On and we of the sub recipient of the grant. Department made the decision to pilot. Use of such violence in our area. Because Orleans parish has really the largest percentage of individuals. Who have illicit drug problems. Com we have also one of the highest death rates due to all be lights in particular is the second time that with the students apply for the grant. This is the successful time of application and so that grand really will afford us the opportunity to add capacity. To our treatment environment but it also allows us to partner with war there. Com accredited agencies. An inept partnering. We're able to provide a number of different types of services that anyone agency alone. I would have difficulty provide. We're joined by doctor had done on the dock to a shell had done and is the executive medical director of a metropolitan human service services district. A decent you mentioned partnership. What did you all learned as far as best practices of how important partnerships are as opposed everybody's doing their own thing yet you know mom and gain economy of scale but also because the need is so access. For mental health treatment as well as for substance use treatment on it really really is important to pull dollars and pool. Resources because no one really has the full complement of everything that anyone person leaves one person walks in two years adding. And they need an array of things. On if you offer one or two you only an marginally to meet their need and so they will continue to have problems and really cost the system. So it's a really cost effective measure. To partner and to use each other's resources in a complimentary fashion so what we have not done. With the grant is create duplicity so for the most part. All five agencies including metropolitan. Offer a slightly different package that we unite together through. Resource coordination to make sure that everything is moving smoothly and efficiently. And this is over a three year period to yes that's right an excellent three year period. So tell little bit about. Just the profile of who we're talking about in new laws he said there's an illicit drug problem. What does that really mean in who's being impacted by this so we're all being impacted by it because it somewhere another. Either you related to someone with a substance use problems. Or you are impacted because financially through the criminal justice system. I'm taxpayer dollars. Through the health care system. Com we're all paying for it in somewhere and other so we talk about illicit drugs were talking about drugs that are not prescribed. I'm not legally available that cause. I'm cycle active changes in the very calm which translates into a behaviors that a problem. And soul. We find though that we have a problem both because of prescribing. Narcotics are scheduled drugs. In an approach in an inappropriate fashion but even sometimes an appropriate fashion because they are addictive. They can result in seeking illicit drugs because you can't get prescriptions anymore. And that's where a lot of the deaths are hurrying particularly do heroin because people are being prescribed. I'm medications. In the panel look at them and so they and they seek street drugs illegal illicit drugs that aren't FDA approved in an art being prescribed. But are being used at levels that people don't understand the toxicity. And so would it take you they overdose because of the high cut trees. It's interesting just this week there's them the story about doctors are now saying the last thing they want to let you go lower back pain is prescribe it OP all right. All of that and are we turning a corner on not only the patient. But the medical profession and what their prescribing he has the standard of care has always stand up for pain management that that's the last resort. And it's only in certain situations you should be using will be linked in any way for example cancer. Malignant pain pain in person. Well you know it's nearing their end you want to make it comfortable. But for everything else you really should avoid using opiates as much as possible because ultimately gonna develop tolerance. And you don't need more get the same effect. And so the idea really is to use things like non steroid pills medications that. Are not addictive bought alleviating anti inflammatory talent almost like scenes. I'm and there are also some more calm advanced medications that are not narcotic in addition to other lifestyle changes and other palliative. On nontraditional care acupuncture actually it's very rightly mention that also you'll regardless. Exercising. Is good. In general for physical health and sell those types of things even even what you eat makes a difference and to give an example of that. Sell. You know we we recommend that you eat high compliment of fruits and vegetables. That should be the number one thing that's on your plate vegetables. I'm carbohydrates for your damn good. But it cannot complex you know they convert almost immediately in chief should there and that energy is not the best image. So the full allows you the sustenance. To endure. Exercising in physical fitness and actually it gives you the right amount of vitamins minerals and all these things are packed multiple strength. And two resiliency. And ability up for your body to heal itself. All of that's impact to. We have food as it is really can be as a cure we have zero play. We've been talking to the doctor had done I'm doctor shell had done them. And metropolitan human services district serves adults children and New Orleans I commend the Saint Bernard parishes we talked specifically about. They do at three million dollar grant that there's the agencies are going to be able to use of the next three years and also about what's happening in a metropolitan area. An and and again you talked about who usurped. So how do you do it here you talked about the true partnership so what are some of the things that you're seeing as our success stories. So we actually provide. Outpatient services primarily we have made referral relationship. With hospitals university house for example but. As people are admitted or discharge we catch them. And continue their care and what we specifically offered to Arafat clinics. On because we operate five clinics across the Arlene Saint Bernard area and we also provide funding for plaque omens for services there. We provide assessments. Four idols disability populations. We also provide. Therapy com both for mental illness and for substance used. On it was the right individual and group there people we also provide Russell's coordination. Resource coordination and advocacy. And also a key key important ingredients of behavioral health care. Because adequacy is people with lived experiences. Experiences helping people. With lived experiences so people with addiction how the people with addiction they're in recovery they've learned some stuff. They can pass it on it mental or as some cases they are word in their voice is more except it. Then there's also recovered support. I'll tell you that equally important to us having a license clinicians because we do have. The largest complement of license clinicians to provide a hero services. In the entire area because where because of what we're funded and because all right enabling legislation. But I will tell you that equally important to have a licensed providers is having the recovery support services available to people so. I can do well and you medications are there but it you don't have a fun place to live via some homeless you know I don't have a means of income. I'm still kind of in the same place and I'm gonna wind up back in a higher level of care. Because I don't have the money the time on the entrance of a priority did you take medication when norm and asleep the night in Al loses. So what the salon so that's been a very important part of bombs. What we brought to our metropolitan and that is creating a whole recovery. Support unit that involves peers. As well as some of mind in a fight staff working with girls should what do you see the role of metropolitan human services district going for what's the long range. Fourth Cassel even need to think so metropolitan. Is. Intended to be iconic in this area. It is supposed to be of the play shooting. When you think about person in need of mental health services. On and or addiction and or intellectual developmental disability needs you should think metropolitan. We are funded in that way and we sir we're intended to serve the general population. Do you think that that you like top of mind it is always room to get the word out more we've got some work to do honestly it is being totally transparent here. But I have hired a fine dynamic nuke communications director. And she is on the ball making sure that that named it and she did reach out to me as a and the New York. Talking about metropolitan human services district and which are all about as well. Any thoughts for a family members you said the vote all impacted what should they do. As you have to want. The change in want the healing right absolutely this is call unfortunately voluntary. And by choice on the accepted that that is of some obviously asylum asylum greatly feared. Because the judgment is such we can't force. Assistance to individuals and people have issues that but in reality. That's what we can view but barring that scenario people we are right exercise choice. While families have to understand that they have to exercise a different kind of choice because when you have a family member and I'm talking specifically about the addictions in this. Or other combination of addiction and mental illness which is also. In half the cases com you have to understand that that person on drugs. Is not the person. Who you have been accustomed to loving the way you. And you have to change. As they changed you know stop loving them but the behavior of the actions NG do you can actually hold on them more. You can actually doubles now is an able. On that and their family members to get sick there they don't mean to them but is that things that they do giving them money com. Sometimes giving them shelter. It is problematic because their threshold for basic need gets low or. Because the need for drugs get higher and higher and sell whatever they need to do in there to support that. Primal need for drug use is very primitive they need at that level all will completely. Lost. I'm not a family. Com hole is thinking of ideas lovable little bit harder and pray a little bit harder that's right a little bit harder. It'll fix this brain disease because that's what it is it is rain. This water and I you have to accept that our first things that have to do as that's a different category on drugs. And so the behaviors and very different from a normal person. And you'll opt in and be more victims and help our that Horry and so you've got to make that she. An hour to protect themselves that fuels are now right with valuable advice so we've talked about a lot a lot so is there a website are some information. The people can get our number that they can call it our web site is ME ST LE title arc but our number is 56831350. War. 568. 3130 and that opens the Wendell to the world metropolitan new services district including appointments. Our crisis. Intervention teen as well as all of our services Bible 456831. That the Rochelle he had done on the the executive medical director of metropolitan human services district in this game. That is our show for today thank you so much for joining us until next time enjoy this Sunday and the rest of your week.