September 4, 2008

Townsend Clinics Available to Help With Mental Health Needs Following Gustav

LAFAYETTE, La., Sept. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Following the devastating effects of Hurricane Gustav, Townsend is making all 7 of its Louisiana clinics available to patients needing mental health services following the storm. The clinics will provide a one-stop hub for all mental health medical needs, including depression, anxiety, addiction and other symptoms associated with Adjustment Disorders or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

"Our clinics are fully staffed with physicians, counselors and social workers that are available to provide assistance for families suffering from mental health issues following the storm," said Dr. Howard Wetsman, Townsend's Chief Medical Officer. "With the third hurricane in 3 years to devastate Louisiana, we expect to see an increased need for these services and it won't be uncommon for Louisiana residents to face 'Post Tropical Storm Depression.' If our clinics cannot provide the level of care needed for the patient, we will work with the patient and their families to get them the help they need."

Families needing mental health assistance can access any Townsend clinic in Louisiana by calling 1-800-504-1714 or by visiting Townsend will not charge patients for initial assessments and all will attempt to see all first time patients within 24 hours of calling.

"Our Louisiana staff is dedicated to helping their friends, neighbors and communities come back as quickly as possible from another terrible storm," said Michael Handley, Townsend CEO. "As medical professionals, we know the mental toll this extremely stressful situation can place on families and we are opening our doors to those who need help to make sure this storm doesn't do any more damage to the men, women and children of this great state."

   Townsend Clinic locations are as follows:   Lake Charles - 1709 W. Prien Lake Rd.   Lafayette - 2600 Johnston St., suite 110   Baton Rouge - 5215 Essen Ln., Suite 8   Covington - 19411 Helenburg Rd.   New Orleans - 3600 Prytania St. (Touro Medical Plaza)   Metairie - 3941 Houma Blvd, Suite 2B   Shreveport - 8856 Youree Dr, Suite D  


CONTACT: Amy Jones, VP of Marketing-Government Relations of Townsend,+1-337-303-7119, [email protected]

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