About UsWho We Are
The Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) manages and delivers the services and supports necessary to improve the quality of life for citizens with mental illness and addictive disorders.
The agency acts as monitors and subject matter consultants for the Coordinated System of Care contract and the Bayou Health plans, which manage specialized behavioral health services. OBH also delivers direct care through hospitalization and has oversight of behavioral health community-based treatment programs through the human services districts and authorities. Services are provided for Medicaid and non-Medicaid eligible populations.
OBH was created by Act 384 of the 2009 Legislative Session which directed the consolidation of the offices of addictive disorders and mental health into the Office of Behavioral Health effective July 1, 2010 in order to streamline services and better address the needs of people with co-occurring mental illness and addictive disorders. LDH's work in implementing Act 384 was guided by stakeholders and leaders in the behavioral health field from across Louisiana who sat on the department's Office of Behavioral Health Implementation Advisory Committee.
Office of Behavioral Health Guiding Principles
- This office aims to make a difference in the lives of adults and children in Louisiana.
- People who receive proper care and a supportive environment can recover from mental illness and addiction.
- OBH services respond to the needs of individuals, families and communities, including culturally and linguistically diverse services. The office respects the dignity of individuals, families, communities, and the workforce that serves them.
- Individuals, families and communities will be welcomed into the system of services and supports with a "no wrong door" approach.
- Through a cooperative spirit of partnerships and collaborations, the needs of individuals, families and communities will be met by a workforce that is ethical, competent and committed to the welfare of the people it serves.
- OBH will utilize the unique skills of professionals with appropriate competencies, credentials and certifications.
- Mental illness and addiction are health care issues and must be seamlessly integrated into a comprehensive physical and behavioral health care system that includes primary care settings.
- Many OBH services recipients suffer from both mental illness and addiction. As the office provides care, the staff must understand, identify and treat both illnesses as primary conditions. This system of care will be easily accessible and comprehensive, and will fully integrate a continuum of prevention and treatment services to all age groups. It will be designed to be evidence-based, responsive to changing needs, and built on a foundation of continuous quality improvement.
- OBH will measure results to demonstrate both improved outcomes for the people served and fiscal responsibility to taxpayers.
- OBH will prioritize de-stigmatizing historical biases and prejudices against people with mental illness and substance use disorders, and those who provide services, through efforts to increase access to treatment. The office will do this by reducing financial barriers, addressing provider bias, integrating care and increasing the willingness and ability of individuals to seek and receive treatment.