Behavioral Health

May 26, 2020
No area has been spared in the COVID-19 pandemic, and one of the most vulnerable populations is those with addiction. Louisiana rapidly jumped into problem-solving mode to ensure vital services continue to be provided to those with addiction.
May 22, 2020
A new, counseling text line is now available to provide free, confidential, 24/7 support for people in crisis. All someone has to do is text REACHOUT (all caps together) to 741741 to connect to a trained crisis counselor who will help individuals de-escalate, identify coping strategies and who will use active listening techniques.
May 07, 2020
PPE Letter from SAMHSA for Providers
April 24, 2020
COVID-19 has forced everyone to adjust to a "new normal," making us change the way we interact with loved ones, friends and even co-workers, through physical distancing, staying at home and even self-isolation.
March 18, 2020
The Keep Calm Through COVID crisis phone line provides trained, compassionate counselors to support Louisianans through this difficult time. This hotline is for counseling only, and people calling for general information should call 211.
March 04, 2020
March is National Problem Gambling Awareness Month, promoting awareness of the resources available to those experiencing problems with gambling. Data compiled by the Office of Behavioral Health shows gambling spans all ages, genders and races in Louisiana.
February 28, 2020
Rebecca Davis writes: "While I managed, at first, to continue to be successful in my career, my personal life was in shambles. It did not take long for me to start to use the money meant for my utilities and living expenses on gambling. I was constantly juggling money and bills. I lived on edge daily but still continued to gamble. I borrowed money from everyone I knew, and I lied to make loans."
January 31, 2020
A holiday without alcohol is never the end of the world, but a holiday with excessive alcohol — mixed with driving or even walking—might well be just that, this year or next.