Applications will be processed online free in the Gonzales clinic with the help of the Medicaid Representative. You can get started:
By Phone: (225) 450-1167 to speak to the Medicaid rep.
In Person: Ask the receptionist at the front window to speak to the Medicaid rep.

U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-La.) has announced that the State of Louisiana will be receiving a grant of $6,807,550.69 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide crisis counseling in response to multiple flooding disasters that have devastated much of the state this calendar year.

“This year alone, Louisianians have survived devastating natural disasters affecting each corner of the state, and it's important to remember that the recovery process involves more than the physical aspect of rebuilding,” Vitter said. “I’m very glad to see this grant of nearly seven million dollars to provide for crisis counseling, as well as FEMA’s newly announced free counseling services for children and youth impacted by recent devastating storms. Counseling will be important in helping many Louisianians pick up the pieces and begin again.”

The grant is awarded under FEMA’s Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program, whose aim is to provide funding to states, federally recognized tribes, and U.S. territories after a Presidential disaster declaration. The funds will provide for supportive crisis counseling, education, and development of coping skills, among other things. Awards under this program generally benefit community-based shelters, centers, and churches, and in some cases in-person services at disaster survivors’ homes. Funds will be awarded to the State of Louisiana, who is charged with distributing them to eligible sub-recipients.

FEMA has also announced free crisis counseling services for Louisiana children and youth affected by the flooding events are now be available. Funded by FEMA and administered by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH), those seeking more information on services offered should call the DHH-Office of Behavioral Health Louisiana Spirit Crisis Line at (866) 310-7977.

In light of the announcement, Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa is reminding residents the Ascension Counseling Center, located at 1112A E. Ascension Complex Blvd., Gonzales has been certified as a Medicaid Application Center. Medicaid is a means of paying for the delivery of medical care to eligible needy individuals.

In 1992, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals began recruiting and approving facilities statewide to become Application Centers for the task of assisting applicants with Medicaid applications. The purpose of application centers is to provide outreach to individuals and families by interviewing and completing an initial application to Medicaid. Application Centers make the Medicaid process more accessible to every citizen of Louisiana by providing services in the local community.

“We will process applications for any Ascension Parish resident free of charge, and they do not need to be receiving any other services from us," said Agency Director Suzanne Hamilton. "We have qualified as service providers for Medicaid recipients with the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals after an on-site facility inspection of our building. We demonstrated to Medicaid inspectors that our buildings, staff, and programs meet their requirements.”

Ascension Counseling Center is a department of Ascension Parish Government which provides outpatient counseling and substance abuse treatment to children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families who are residents of Ascension parish. The Center is supported by a 2 mil property tax.