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Coordinate & Strengthen the Behavioral Health System

Launch date: September 2012 End date: November 2014

When Mayor Landrieu took office, he asked the Health Department to make behavioral health – mental health and substance abuse – a public health priority. In response, the Health Department and Metropolitan Human Services District created and co-chair the Behavioral Health Council. The Council’s work is ongoing as a group of providers, advocates and consumers that address coordination of behavioral health care in New Orleans. Some of the group’s successes include:

  • Publication of a Monthly Mental Health Dashboard to track trends in utilization and capacity
  • Cataloging available resources through the NOLA FOR LIFE Resources website
  • Developing the Community Alternatives Program, a mental health diversion program in the municipal court

Why part of murder reduction strategy

Risk/protective factors addressed: Substance abuse; history of treatment for emotional problems

Performance indicators and results