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The City of New Orleans

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

Behavioral Health Council

The Behavioral Health Council is an essential component of the Health Department’s Behavioral Health Strategic Plan and is a key leadership body for the behavioral health system in New Orleans.


The Council is meant to guide system-wide change by bringing together a relatively small group of representatives from across the behavioral health community. Members of the Council are empowered to advocate for policy change, influence funding, and communicate with the larger community. The figure below represents the ways in which the Behavioral Health Council links members of the behavioral health community with one another and with the broader community that they serve.



The responsibilities of the Behavioral Health Council are to:

  1. Facilitate cross-system collaboration and coordination of services.
  2. Assess performance of the system at the policy and programmatic level.
  3. Collect and review system level data.
  4. Provide support and technical assistance.
  5. Provide accountability for managed behavioral health care.
  6. Increase leadership capacity.


The Council is staffed by the Health Department for logistics and organizational support.  The Health Commissioner or designee co-chairs the Council with Judge Calvin Johnson, CEO of Metropolitan Human Services District. The other rotating members drawn from various groups within the New Orleans behavioral health community, including:

  • Consumer representation – adults with mental health or substance abuse issues and their families
  • Special populations – homeless liaison, schools and youth, criminal justice
  • Mental health – Metropolitan Human Services District, adult mental health provider, child mental health provider
  • Substance abuse – substance abuse prevention provider, substance abuse treatment provider
  • Other – funder, primary care, academic community, state and local government


The first quarterly meeting of the Behavioral Health Council took place November 30, 2012.  At that meeting, members identified priorities for action in 2013 in three major areas:

  1. Criminal justice
  2. Youth behavioral health
  3. Information sharing and data exchange

The Council periodically reports out to a larger Behavioral Health Stakeholders Convening.  The most recent Stakeholders Convening was held on December 3, 2013 at Benson Tower.  The Convening featured presentations showcasing key changes in the behavioral health system over the past year.  

Behavioral Health Council 2013 Annual Report

January 2014

Download the Report

This report traces the accomplishments of the Behavioral Health Council over the last year as well as highlights the promising goals and priorities that the Council has set forth for 2014.







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