Behavioral Health

May 17, 2011
BATON ROUGE (May 17, 2011) - Free, confidential crisis counseling is available to Louisianians who are suffering from stress, anxiety or depression as a result of the Mississippi River flooding. A toll-free 24-hour number, 866-310-7977, will connect residents in need to services in their community to help them through this difficult time.
May 06, 2011
The Department of Health and Hospitals is hosting seven weekly webinars discussing the Coordinated System of Care (CSoC) program. The webinars feature moderated discussion of CSoC operations, trainings, and a discussion of the services that will be provided to children and adults through CSoC. The webinars also feature local and national speakers giving presentations on provider issues, Medicaid requirements and other topics related to CSoC. CSoC is a collaborative between DHH, the Department of Children and Family Services, Department of Education and the Office of Juvenile Justice.
May 05, 2011
UPDATE: On May 2, 2011, DHH Secretary Bruce D. Greenstein signed an order extending the Emergency Rule that adds "bath salts" the to Controlled Dangers Substances schedule, making it illegal to possess, manufacture or distribute them in Louisiana.
April 05, 2011
Today, Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) joined Louisiana State Executive Director for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Donna Tate, representatives from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission and other safety officials at the Louisiana State Capitol for a "State Orange Ribbon Rally" to announce officials’ commitment to the prevention of underage drinking.
March 23, 2011
The State of Louisiana (State) is undertaking the development of a Coordinated System of Care (CSoC) for Louisiana’s at-risk children and youth with significant behavioral health challenges or co-occurring disorders in or at imminent risk of institutionalization. Louisiana leaders acknowledge that the needs of these children and their families are currently being served through a fragmented service delivery model that is not well coordinated, is many times inadequate to meet their needs and is often difficult to navigate. Further, the current system does not allow for state departments to take a coordinated approach to deliver the necessary behavioral health services. This too often results in Louisiana’s children with the highest level of needs often detained in institutional settings.
March 07, 2011
Today the Department of Health and Hospitals and the Louisiana Association on Compulsive Gambling kicked off Problem Gambling Awareness Week in Shreveport with an open house at the Center of Recovery (CORE), one of the nation's premier residential treatment facilities for problem gamblers.
February 22, 2011
BATON ROUGE — The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals’ Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) will hold a series of statewide and regional forums to educate Louisiana residents about the addictive disorders programs offered in their communities.
February 17, 2011
The CSoC Leadership Team is requesting public comment on an upcoming release of a Request for Applications (RFA) for the selection of regions to be first round implementers of the Louisiana Coordinated System of Care. Written comments regarding this application should be submitted via email to CSoC.HelpDesk@la.gov. The comment period will close on February 24, 2011. Thank you in advance for your feedback.
February 16, 2011
Today, Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) Secretary Bruce D. Greenstein announced a major step forward in the state’s plan to improve services for Louisiana residents struggling with mental illness and addictive disorders. In accordance with Act 384 of the 2009 Regular Session, which directed the consolidation of the offices of addictive disorders and mental health into the Office of Behavioral Health (OBH), DHH is integrating regional offices to more effectively and efficiently deliver services.