Grading the States 2009 Report Card: Louisiana
In 2006, Louisiana’s mental health care system received a grade of D. Three years later, the grade has not changed. Louisiana’s mental health system must be viewed in the context of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and subsequent storms, which affected inpatient beds, workforce availability, and access to services throughout the Gulf region—including those areas that received evacuees. While people with serious mental illnesses continue to lack access to treatment, leading to overflowing emergency rooms and jails, the state has taken steps to improve the system. Full narrative (PDF).
Health Promotion and Measurement: D 25% of Total Grade
Basic measures, such as the number of programs delivering evidence-based practices,
emergency room wait-times, and the quantity of psychiatric beds by setting.
Financing & Core Treatment/Recovery Services: D 45% of Total Grade
A variety of financing measures, such as whether Medicaid reimburses providers for all, or part of evidence-based practices; and more.
Consumer & Family Empowerment: D 15% of Total Grade
Includes measures such as consumer and family access to essential information from the
state, promotion of consumer-run programs, and family and peer education and support.
Community Integration and Social Inclusion: D 15% of Total Grade
Includes activities that require collaboration among state mental health agencies and other state agencies and systems.
- Capital Area Human Service District mobile health unit
- "Road Home" program housing allocation for people with serious mental illness
- Co-occurring disorders provider training and service access
- Expand crisis, inpatient, and community services
- Finance mental health services under Medicaid
- Address mental health workforce shortage