Youth with significant mental health challenges and their families are shown to have improved outcomes when they are linked to peer support services.

Currently, the Louisiana Department of Health’s Office of Behavioral offers peer support services through a single Family Support Organization. The agency believes there might be alternative solutions, and has issued a formal Request for Information (RFI) to gauge the interest and capabilities of provider organizations or groups.

The full Request for Information, along with questions and responses, can be found here.

Specifically, the Department is looking for ideas that address the following:

  • Direct peer-to-peer support to children/youth with significant emotional and behavioral health challenges who are enrolled in the Departments’ Coordinated System of Care.
  • Offer individual and group educational sessions for these families and youth.
  • Provide professional development and coaching of family and youth support staff.

Providers and organizations that are interested in submitting proposals should follow the process outlined in the Request for Information. For more information, contact:

Connie Goodson, LMSW

Office of Behavioral Health

225-342-5236 or 504-568-2568