Baton Rouge – Louisiana Spirit, a program through the Department of Health – Office of Mental Health, is hosting its Peer Professional Development training for first responder teams from around the state. The seminar will be held from Wednesday, March 28 through Friday, March 30 at the Holiday Inn South on Airline Hwy and I-12 in Baton Rouge.

The training will be provided by members of the New York Fire Department who helped in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on New York City on September 11, 2001. The seminar will use lessons learned from 9/11 to help peer and crisis programs in Louisiana gain a better understanding of mental health issues after a disaster or traumatic event.

First responder teams include firefighters, law enforcement officers, military personnel and members of the medical community.

Who: Louisiana Spirit Hurricane Recovery

What: Peer Professional Development training

When: Wednesday, March 28 through Friday, March 30

Where: Holiday Inn South, Airline Hwy and I-12 in Baton Rouge

Time: Seminar begins at 8:30 a.m.

For more information about Louisiana Spirit, contact Pierre Washington, Public Information Officer, at (225) 219-5031 or (225) 803-4592, or visit the program’s Web site,