Behavioral Health

November 23, 2005
The holiday season is here, and although this is usually a joyous time of year, it can be an especially stressful time for those who experienced loss because of the recent hurricanes in Louisiana. To help people cope, the Department of Health and Hospitals-Office of Mental Health is offering counseling services and stress-relief tips.
September 05, 2005
Baton Rouge – The New Orleans Home & Rehabilitation Center is now located at the Villa Feliciana Medical Complex at 5002 Highway 10 in Jackson, La. This is approximately 30 miles north of Baton Rouge.
September 03, 2005
The Department of Health and Hospitals—Office of Mental Health announced today that it is seeking to hire board-certified psychiatrists to provide services in its Prior Authorization Unit of the Mental Health Rehabilitation Program.
July 26, 2005
The Department of Health and Hospitals announced today it is implementing new rules and regulations for its Mental Health Rehabilitation Program. The rules will restructure the program to increase service effectiveness and fiscal efficiency. Changes include establishment of a fee-for-service reimbursement structure and new mechanisms for monitoring clinical outcomes. The new rule also requires that patients must need intensive mental health care or they will be referred to their primary care physicians or to mental health clinics.
June 29, 2005
Mental health issues being faced in the state of Louisiana will be the focus at the fifth quarterly meeting of the Governor’s Health Care Reform Panel. The meeting will take place on Thursday, June 30 at the New Orleans Marriott Hotel, 555 Canal St., New Orleans. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., with the meeting starting at 8 a.m.
April 25, 2005
Law enforcement workers often find themselves having to confront citizens who either have a developmental disability, drug addiction or mental illness. However, all officers are not properly trained to handle these situations, and this sometimes can end tragically.
April 13, 2005
The Department of Health and Hospitals announced today it is implementing new rules and regulations for its Mental Health Rehabilitation Program. The rules will change the reimbursement system for these services from a set rate structure to a fee-for-service approach. The new payment rule will go into effect June 1, 2005.
March 04, 2005
Problem gambling is one of Louisiana’s most serious health issues. It affects not just the person struggling with gambling addiction; it affects that person’s family, friends, co-workers and society as a whole.
December 03, 2004
The Department of Health and Hospitals has been awarded a grant to test the premise that early intervention and treatment for people with mental illness can slow the progression of their symptoms and help them remain in the workforce.
October 22, 2004
As part of Gov. Blanco’s continuing efforts to move health care reform forward, a daylong meeting is being held Friday, October 22 in which discussions will be held about short-term and long-term solutions to Louisiana’s system of care for the elderly and for people with disabilities and mental illness.