NOAH Lawsuit Continues to Appeals Process

Sep 2, 2009

Supporters of the New Orleans Adolescent Hospital are not giving up the fight to provide in-patient mental health care at the state facility.

New Orleans attorney Willie Zanders is telling NOAH supporters that he remains confident he'll get a court decision to reopen the state-run facility Uptown. Last month a judge in Baton Rouge ruled the judicial branch cannot order the legislature to spend money. For the past several weeks, the state has dismantled the services and shifted some to Southeast Louisiana Hospital in Mandeville. Zanders says he's not deterred by the closure.

State health officials say the move consolidates services for efficiency. Zanders says that mental health patients have a right to service close to home. He says the case now moves to the state appellate court, and likely to the state Supreme Court.