NEW ORLEANS, LA —In keeping with Mayor Landrieu’s commitment to improve the health and quality of life for citizens of New Orleans, Health Commissioner Dr. Karen DeSalvo today released an updated, comprehensive Behavioral Health Resource Guide for residents.
“Our aim is to ensure access to affordable, quality healthcare services for all residents,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “This is an ongoing challenge as we continue to see the State cut mental health services. These cuts have consequences. New Orleanians should use this valuable information to help enhance their knowledge of available resources and make informed choices about their health and health care.”
“Mental health and substance abuse continue to pose significant public health challenges in our city,” said Dr. Karen DeSalvo, the City’s Health Commissioner. “Since January 2012, this central directory of behavioral health resources has been a critical tool for linking those in need to existing services and has represented the first step toward tackling behavioral health challenges in our community.
The Behavioral Health Resource Guide provides a comprehensive inventory of all mental health and substance abuse services and resources. It includes information about programs and services offered in community and clinic-based settings by local public and private sector providers and organizations. It also includes resources to help with accessing these services, such as information on public funding options and housing and supportive services throughout New Orleans and websites with additional useful information.
The City worked in collaboration with the Obama Administration’s Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2) Initiative, represented by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and with other partners in the local community to compile this guide. Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2) is a new federal-local government partnership designed to support local priorities through customized support and technical assistance in six pilot cities.
The first version of the guide was released in January 2012.
The updated guide is attached.