The Louisiana Department of Health’s Office of Behavioral Health is introducing a new initiative to expand access to evidence-based practices in behavioral health.

The Center for Evidence to Practice: Expanding Access to Evidence-Based Practices in Behavioral Health is a joint initiative of the Office of Behavioral Health and the LSU Health New Orleans School of Public Health. The Center will serve Louisiana as a hub for training and implementation of best practices for behavioral health services for children, youth and families.

Behavioral health evidence-based practices are therapies that have undergone the multiple, rigorous, randomized controls vital to determine whether a practice has proven to be effective.

Many therapies exist to address behavioral health conditions, though only a handful are considered to be a best practice. The expansion of evidence-based practices in behavioral health is a nationally-recognized strategy to seeing improved outcomes and has gained momentum in Louisiana.

Regional meetings are planned throughout the state in coming months to introduce the Center for Evidence to Practice to behavioral health service providers and relevant stakeholders. Meetings already scheduled include:

  • December 10: 10 a.m.
    LSUHSC Human Development Center
    411 S. Prieur St., Room 335
    New Orleans
  • December 14: 1 p.m.
    Bienville Building
    628 N. Fourth St., Room 118
    Baton Rouge

To RSVP to either meeting, contact Project Coordinator Lindsay Simpson at (504) 568-5731 or