Behavioral Health

July 26, 2005
The Department of Health and Hospitals announced today it is implementing new rules and regulations for its Mental Health Rehabilitation Program. The rules will restructure the program to increase service effectiveness and fiscal efficiency. Changes include establishment of a fee-for-service reimbursement structure and new mechanisms for monitoring clinical outcomes. The new rule also requires that patients must need intensive mental health care or they will be referred to their primary care physicians or to mental health clinics.
June 29, 2005
Mental health issues being faced in the state of Louisiana will be the focus at the fifth quarterly meeting of the Governor’s Health Care Reform Panel. The meeting will take place on Thursday, June 30 at the New Orleans Marriott Hotel, 555 Canal St., New Orleans. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., with the meeting starting at 8 a.m.
April 25, 2005
Law enforcement workers often find themselves having to confront citizens who either have a developmental disability, drug addiction or mental illness. However, all officers are not properly trained to handle these situations, and this sometimes can end tragically.
April 13, 2005
The Department of Health and Hospitals announced today it is implementing new rules and regulations for its Mental Health Rehabilitation Program. The rules will change the reimbursement system for these services from a set rate structure to a fee-for-service approach. The new payment rule will go into effect June 1, 2005.
March 04, 2005
Problem gambling is one of Louisiana’s most serious health issues. It affects not just the person struggling with gambling addiction; it affects that person’s family, friends, co-workers and society as a whole.
December 03, 2004
The Department of Health and Hospitals has been awarded a grant to test the premise that early intervention and treatment for people with mental illness can slow the progression of their symptoms and help them remain in the workforce.
October 22, 2004
As part of Gov. Blanco’s continuing efforts to move health care reform forward, a daylong meeting is being held Friday, October 22 in which discussions will be held about short-term and long-term solutions to Louisiana’s system of care for the elderly and for people with disabilities and mental illness.
October 06, 2004
The Department of Health and Hospitals today began a comprehensive effort to monitor all agencies that provide mental health rehabilitation services in Louisiana. The goal of the effort is to reform the clinical delivery of these services and address concerns about fraudulent billing practices. This monitoring will be coordinated with the Attorney General’s office.
October 06, 2004
The Department of Health and Hospitals' Office for Addictive Disorders will host a community meeting about the Access to Recovery Grant Friday, October 8 from 9:30-11:00 a.m. at the West Shreveport Library on Pines Road. Potential providers such as faith and community-based caregivers are welcomed and encouraged to participate in this community meeting. At the meeting, representatives of the Louisiana Office for Addictive Disorders will provide an overview of the electronic voucher system, discuss, and seek community input regarding a pricing structure for treatment and recovery support services (i.e., transportation, housing, job readiness training, and child care).
September 02, 2004
The number of people affected by drug and alcohol use disorders is at a crisis-level throughout the United States. What is most troubling is that many of these people are not receiving the help they need to beat these addictions.