Baton Rouge --- The Department of Health – Office of Mental Health is hosting a two-day conference to foster discussion on how to help homeless people who have a mental illness stay out of jail.


The conference will take place April 29 and 30 at the Baton Rouge Marriott. There are approximately 100 attendees expected to come, including Secretary of Corrections Richard Stalder and many other high-ranking corrections, law enforcement, justice system and legal system personnel, including some federal judges. Dr. Cheryll Bowers-Stephens, OMH Assistant Secretary, will deliver the welcome address for the conference. The conference is open to members of the media.


What:   Conference on Jail Diversion for Persons with Serious Mental Illness who are 


When:  April 29 and 30


Where: Baton Rouge Marriott Hotel
             5500 Hilton Avenue
             9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Thursday
             9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Friday