mental health

Elections
7:13 am
Fri January 31, 2014

After 40 Years, New Orleans Will Pick A New Coroner

On the campaign trail, Dr. Jeffrey Rouse explains to Anne Gisleson that the coroner's office is in charge of mental health commitments and sexual assault examinations in adition to conducting autopsies.
Eve Abrams WWNO

Pop Quiz: Which New Orleans official was first elected to office in 1974 and has been reelected to that same office nine times, serving a total of 40 consecutive years on the job? Here’s a hint: the office is in charge of mental health commitments, sexual assault examinations, and... classifying the dead.

If you guessed Frank Minyard, the Coroner of New Orleans, you are right. But, for the first time in four decades, Mr. Minyard will not be on the ballot this Saturday. We take a look into who is vying to become New Orleans’ next coroner.

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WRKF
4:57 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

DHH Secretary: Disability Services Still A Priority, Despite Funding Veto

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 6:15 pm

At the close of the recent legislative session, Gov. Bobby Jindal vetoed additional funding to pay for services for the developmentally disabled.

Two weeks ago, an effort to override the veto failed.

The $3.9 million would have covered a partial year of comprehensive at-home disability services for an additional 200 people through what are called "New Opportunity Waivers".

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Love NOLA
4:26 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Love NOLA: One Step Forward In Mental Illness

NolaVie Commentator Brett Will Taylor

My, how we love our characters in New Orleans. Which is a good thing. 

Locals still talk about Ruthie the Duck Girl, even though she died in 2008. In my neighborhood of Tremé, we have a tall man with a scraggly beard who pushes a grocery cart around, having random conversations with a street corner. Or an empty can. 

We celebrate these characters. We tenderly laugh with them. But we don’t always see that, underneath the eccentricity that makes for a funny story, is often a mental illness that is anything but funny.

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Community
8:25 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Community Impact Series: National Alliance on Mental Illness

Family members are often the first to notice signs of mental illness in a loved one, and in many cases they hold the key to unlocking treatment. One local nonprofit is helping them cope with the impact of mental illness on the whole family and showing them how to be better advocates for the long haul.

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Latest News
1:58 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

New Southeast Louisiana Hospital Firm Hires About 125 of 354 Laid Off

The new private operator of a St. Tammany Parish psychiatric hospital has hired about 125 of the 354 workers laid off by the state.

Friday was the last day of work for many employees of Southeast Louisiana Hospital, who were laid off when the state decided to privatize it, the Advocate reports.

Meridian Behavioral Health System takes over Wednesday.

It's not clear exactly how many people will be left without a job, because some state employees are retiring and a few others are transferring.

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Hurricane Isaac
8:07 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Red Cross tips on Isaac anxiety

With Isaac poised to make landfall in the same areas of the Gulf Coast struck by Hurricane Katrina seven years ago, the American Red Cross has a series of tips for families and individuals in the region that may experience anxiety about the storm and anniversary.

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Healthcare Privatization
1:38 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Centers for developmentally disabled approved for privatization

Louisiana's health department has received approval to hire private companies to run state facilities in Hammond and Bossier City that care for the developmentally disabled.

The Civil Service Commission agreed to the plans Wednesday without objection.

Under the plans already backed by lawmakers, the state is turning over the operations of Northlake Supports and Services Center and Northwest Supports and Services Center to private contractors.

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Southeast Louisiana Hospital
12:22 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Mandeville psychiatric hospital prepares to close

Almost 60 years since it opened, the Southeast Louisiana Hospital — a psychiatric facility that gained national notoriety in 1959 when then-Gov. Earl Long was briefly committed there — is preparing to close down its daily operations.

The Times-Picayune reports that the hospital's closing is part of an $859 million cut to the state's federal Medicaid program.

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals hopes to send all 176 beds occupied at the hospital to other public and private hospitals in the state.

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Family Shooting
8:12 pm
Sat June 9, 2012

Brother: Family shooting suspect was off medicines

HOUMA — A man charged with fatally shooting his sister and wounding her boyfriend was a paranoid schizophrenic who was off his medication, his brother says

Joseph Voisin, 44, has been arrested for killing Mary Voisin, 47, and wounding Christopher Smith, 45, Thursday at their home in Gray, La.

Sam Voisin, the suspect's brother, tells The Courier that there were no signs anything was wrong. Family members had finished dinner, and Mary Voisin and Smith went into a bedroom with Joseph Voisin while Sam Voisin watched TV.

All Things New Orleans
7:00 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Landrieu's State of the City & Chamber Music in New Orleans

Mayor Landrieu outlines his administration's accomplishments and goals in his second State of the City address.
Tyler A. Gamble Office of Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

On this week's episode we'll hear from Mayor Mitch Landrieu about violent crime, Eve Abrams profiles mental health in the city, and a new music festival comes to New Orleans.

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