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"There is no greater joy nor greater reward than to make a fundamental difference in someone's life"
-Sister Mary Rose McGeady
The Early Alert Referral System (EARS) form serves a vital purpose in the greater plan to create a campus culture of caring at LSUS. Instructors have the privilege of getting to know their students in the classroom, and have an understanding of each student's unique needs. By taking the time to complete the EARS form, instructors are making an important contribution to their student's academic success and even future career. As soon as the Dean of Students recieves a referral, a plan of action is initiated that may include one on one consultation with the student, study skills support, or personal counseling. LSUS continues to strive for increased interconecteness among departments and we aim to collaborate our services in order to bring about better outcomes for our students. If you are aware of a student who needs assistance please complete and submit an online EARS form.
When should I be concerned about a student?
It is difficult to make a judgement about a student's personal issues or how he or she is coping. After all, students show a broad range of behaviors and coping skills. Taken alone, any one of the following indicators is not necessarily a sign of significant distress. However, a student exhibiting significant changes in their behavior or experiencing a number of these factors in combination may need assistance.
How do I approach a student who may need help?
Students experiencing distress may not recognize their level of difficulty or know where to turn for assistance. Even when they recognize their distress, seeking assistance is too frequently seen as a sign of weakness and therefore ignored. You may make the difference by approaching and engaging the student to express your concerns in a caring and nonjudgmental way. Consider these guidelines when you decide to approach a student.
Depending on the nature and immediacy of your concerns, there are several ways you can connect students to resources. After you make a referral to Counseling Services, you are encouraged to follow up with the student and continue to express your support.
What if I think it is an emergency?
Philadelphia Center 318-222-6633 (Provides HIV/AIDS education and support)
AIDS Hotline 800-992-4379
Child Protection Hotline 318-676-7622
Gingerbread House 318-674-2900 (Coordinates agencies to provide for abused children)
Louisiana Office of Community Services 318-676-7100 (Services include elderly protection)
ARC of Caddo-Bossier 318-221-8392 (Programs for those with developmental disabilities)
Caddo Council on Aging 800-793-1198 (Information for seniors & adults with disabilities)
Families Helping Families 318-226-4541
Louisiana Rehabilitation Services 318-676-7155 (Employment assistance for persons with disabilities)
New Horizons 318-869-4300
Domestic Violence Hotline 888-411-1333
National Domestic Violence Hotline 800-799-7233
Gambling Hotline 877-770-7867
Office for Addictive Disorders 318-632-2040 (Alcohol, drug, & gambling addiction treatment)
Consumer Credit Counseling 318-797-0885 (Non-profit debt assistance)
St. Vincent DePaul 318-865-7807 (emergency financial or rent/mortgage assistance)
A Place the Warms the Heart 318-746-5775 (Grief support group)
Biedenharn Center for Women 318-550-0016 (Variety of direct services to women with addiction)
Bossier Parish Office of Family Assistance 318-741-7320
Caddo Community Action Agency 318-861-4808 (Access to various agencies for low-income)
Caddo Parish Office of Family Support 318-676-7600
Center Point Energy 866-275-5252 (Good Neighbor Fuel Fund)
Centerpoint Homeless Services 318-221-2100
Christian Services 318-221-4857
Food Bank of NW Louisiana 318-675-2400 (Distributor of groceries and food)
Helping Hands 318-742-3823
LIHEAP Clearinghouse 888-454-2001 (Low income energy assistance; admin by CCAA)
Martin Luther King Health Center 318-227-2912 (Pharmacy & health care for low-income patients)
Pierre House 318-227-2869
Providence House 318-221-7887 (Short-term transitional housing & support)
The Salvation Army 318-424-3200 (Access to food/shelter/clothing)
Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission 318-629-8488 (Assistance for homeless & disadvantaged)
The Advocacy Center 318-227-6186 (Advocacy services for persons with disabilities)
Legal Services of NW Louisiana 318-222-7186 (Free civil services to low income and elderly)
Louisiana Civil Justice Center 800-310-7029 (Information and legal referrals)
Northwest Louisiana Pro Bono Project 318-865-8635 (Free legal assistance in civil & juvenile matters)
Caddo Parish Health Unit 318-676-5222
Christus Schumpert First Care 318-681-7877
David Raines Community Health Centers 318-227-3350; 318-549-2500
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center 800-488-2957
Total Care Medical Clinic 318-670-1251 (walk-in/urgent care)
Pool of Siloam Medical Ministry 318-631-2212 (Medical & dental care to low-income patients)
WK Quick Care 318-212-3520
Mental Health Providers
Community Mental Health Center 318-676-5111
Community Support Programs, Inc. 318-865-4566
Greg Guerin 318-349-5590
The Center for Families 318-222-0759
Samaritan Counseling Center 318-221-6121
Sandra Frith 318-239-0033
Shreveport Family Counseling Center 318-221-4455
Private Mental Health Providers
Private providers are listed in the phone book under: Mental Health Centers, Counselors, Psychologists, Social Workers, Marriage & Family Counselors; Students may want to check with insurance for provider coverage.
Parenting and pregnancy information
Volunteers of America of North Louisiana 318-221-5006 (Adoption & crisis pregnancy counseling services)
Parent Helpline 800-348-5437
Parent Stress Hotline 800-840-6537
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
NW Louisiana Suicide Prevention Helpline 1-877-994-2275
Al-Anon General Information 318-344-0212 (for family/friends of those with addiction)
Alcoholics Anonymous 318-865-2171
Council on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse 318-222-8511 (Information and treatment for adults and children)
NW Regional Center for Addictive Disorders 318-632-2040 (Information and treatment for adults and children)
North Louisiana Area Narcotics Anonymous 800-339-3723 (24 hour helpline)
Vet Center 318-861-1776 (Counseling, outreach and referral services)
If you have questions about the referral system, please contact Dean of Students Paula Atkins at email@example.com or at ext. 5116.