Behavioral Health

March 05, 2008
Baton Rouge – Alan Levine, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, today announced the appointment of Jennifer Kopke as Assistant Secretary for Office of Mental Health. As the state’s leader in mental health services, Kopke will be responsible for planning and the delivery of mental health services, as well as the statewide development of the human services district model of care.
February 26, 2008
Baton Rouge – Department of Health and Hospitals Secretary Alan Levine announced today a plan that will provide immediate assistance to the mental health delivery system in New Orleans, as well as begin to address the statewide needs of the mental health system. The announcement was made at the New Orleans Adolescent Hospital.
February 25, 2008
New Orleans – Tomorrow, Tuesday, Feb. 26, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals will unveil a plan to immediately improve the mental health situation in New Orleans. The plan, developed in conjunction with the Metropolitan Human Services District, outlines short-term solutions, long-term strategies and policy changes to deliver better treatment options to New Orleans citizens with mental
February 15, 2008
New Orleans – On Feb. 11, 2008, the New Orleans Adolescent Hospital (NOAH) began opening 20 additional psychiatric beds to increase its capacity to serve New Orleans residents and combat the shortage of mental health care services throughout the city.
October 24, 2007
The Department of Health and Hospitals’ Office for Addictive Disorders is holding its Fall Conference Wednesday, Nov. 14 through Friday, Nov. 16, 2007. The conference is open to social workers, nurses, physicians and other professionals in the field of addiction.
September 24, 2007
Drug use disorders cost American businesses approximately $128.6 billion in lost productivity each year. Alcohol dependence alone is estimated to cause 500 million lost workdays annually. However, when workers receive treatment for their substance abuse disorders, these job problems are reduced by 75 percent. These facts and others regarding the cost of substance abuse will be highlighted during Recovery Day 2007 on Friday, Sept. 28.
September 18, 2007
On Thursday, September 20, the steps of the State Capitol will be crowded with children and adults working to raise awareness about a cause that has become increasingly distressing in recent years: youth suicide prevention.
September 10, 2007
The statistics speak for themselves: An estimated 3,500 adolescents attempt suicide every day. It ranks third as the overall cause of deaths in young people (nationally and in Louisiana). Ninety percent of teenagers who die by suicide have a mental health problem, usually depression, substance abuse or both.
August 22, 2007
Louisiana is now making it easier for citizens in need of mental health counseling to find those services. A multimedia advertising campaign launching this week promotes a toll-free telephone number that people can call to receive help.
July 18, 2007
The housing crisis in New Orleans continues to take its toll. Not only are those who are searching for housing having to deal with stress and other mental health concerns, mental health experts with the Department of Health and Hospital’s Louisiana Spirit program are finding that those who provide housing are dealing with similar emotional issues.