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Mission and Values:

The mission of Central Louisiana State Hospital is to provide quality assessment, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation services to patients whose psychiatric disorders are of sufficient severity to require inpatient treatment. These include adult individuals and adolescents. In keeping with the hospital’s mission, the staff have assumed the values that the hospital will be a place of caring where individuals are treated with respect, compassion, empathy and sensitivity; where competence, integrity, loyalty, and trustworthiness are daily watch-words; and where diligence, accountability, reliability, and partnership are consciously pursued.

General Programs:

Adolescent Services:
Provide treatment for severely emotionally disturbed and / or psychotic adolescents between the ages of twelve (12) and seventeen (17) in compliance with all applicable accrediting and licensing standards to meet the individualized patient care needs of adolescents needing a level of care that must be provided in an inpatient setting.

Specifically, Unit 8A - Adolescent Service (16 beds - 8 for female adolescents and 8 beds for male adolescents) provides treatment and a therapeutic environment geared towards treatment and rehabilitation of emotionally / mentally disturbed male and female adolescents aged twelve (12) through seventeen (17).

Adult Behavioral Service:
Admits both males and females 18 years of age and older. This major service provides psychiatric, psychological, and psychosocial services in compliance with all applicable accrediting and licensing standards to meet the individualized patient care needs of adults requiring intermediate / long-term inpatient care.

Specifically, Adaptive Behavior Service (ABS) consists of 60 adult beds aligned as follows: Unit 7F (Female ABS) is a 30-bed Adaptive Behavioral Treatment Unit geared toward admitting, evaluating, and treating emotionally disturbed adult females requiring intermediate or long-term inpatient care for rehabilitation. Unit 7M (Male ABS) is a 30-bed Adaptive Behavioral Treatment Unit geared toward admitting, evaluating, and treating emotionally disturbed adult males requiring intermediate or long-term inpatient care for rehabilitation.

Structured Rehab Services:
Is a forensic step-down service for males ages 18 years and older. The service consists of 56 inpatient beds divided into two male units. Unit 9B is a 28-bed admission, evaluation, and treatment unit for adult males on Lockhart, NGBRI or other criminal court order status who have been court-approved for placement in a civil institution. Unit 9C is a 32-bed treatment unit for adult males on criminal court order status who have been court-approved for placement in a civil institution. Candidates for this program are non-psychotic and assessed for minimal risk for violence, aggressiveness and elopement potential. The treatment program is oriented towards development of psychosocial and vocational skills necessary for eventual discharge and reintegration into the community.

Transitional Group Home:
The Volunteers of America of North America, in conjunction with the Office of Mental Health through the Region VI Community Mental Health Center and Central Louisiana State Hospital provides a "board and care" home for chronically mentally ill persons in the catchment area served by CLSH. Other regions are considered on a case-by-case basis. The program is used as an alternative or preventative to in-patient hospitalization for persons who do not have appropriate residential alternatives but who are not currently a danger to themselves or others.

The program serves three purposes:

  1. Transitional Housing – thirty (30) days to six (6) months. This service is designed to assist persons at risk for becoming homeless by providing temporary shelter until more permanent arrangements can be finalized.
  2. Twenty-four (24) hour monitoring will be provided to clients in the shelter programs described above.
  3. Day programming will be provided through existing psychosocial services as appropriate. Concurrent services may include but are not limited to case management, mental health rehabilitation services, day hospitalization treatment, outpatient mental health treatment, or vocational rehabilitation services.

Treatment Services:

Treatment Services:
Are provided through highly qualified and competent interdisciplinary treatment teams. Individuals who make up the core treatment team are the patient, psychiatrist, psychiatric nurse, social worker and psychiatric aide and / or behavior-shaping specialist. Others who may be added to the treatment team as necessary are the psychologist, activity therapist, dietician, teacher (adolescents), and / or work therapist (adults). The treatment team members will individually and collectively assess, identify problems that caused the patient to be sent to CLSH, and develop a treatment plan with specific goals and objectives that are both observable and measurable to overcome those identifiable problems. Each treatment team member will develop interventions to perform that are designed to help the patient achieve the goals and objectives that have been developed and agreed upon between the treatment team and the patient.

Psychiatric Services:
Are provided by a board certified or board eligible psychiatrist. In addition to providing leadership to the treatment team, psychiatrists provide assessment, diagnosis, problem identification, drug therapy, and psychotherapy to patients.

Physical Medical Services:
The mission of the Physical Health Support Service is to ensure expeditious physical disease detection and proper treatment to every patient admitted to Central Louisiana State Hospital, to expedite and coordinate referral to outside licensed and accredited health care facilities, as necessary, for the proper medical care of the patient, and to act as the primary medical resource for the employee health program. It is also the mission of this service to assure that prompt attention be given to providing immediate supportive care and obtaining treatment for the injured or acutely ill person, whether it be patient, staff, or visitor.

Psychological Services:
Are provided by licensed psychologists and by unlicensed associates supervised by licensed psychologists. Psychologists / Associates provide consultation to treatment teams as needed, psychological evaluation, psychotherapy, behavioral therapy, focal / structured psychosocial therapy; consult on research and program evaluation, provide
staff development, and supervise predoctoral psychology interns as part of an APA-Approved Internship Consortium with Pinecrest Developmental Center (P.D.C.).

Nursing (24-hour) Services:
Provide nursing care to clients / patients in accordance with the unique treatment plan of each individual. The Nursing Department interfaces with members of the medical staff, other hospital departments, and the patients / clients to continually assess needs, plan appropriate health care actions, implement activities / therapies to achieve stated goals and objectives and then evaluate the outcome. All nursing members in each clinical area function under the direction of a registered nurse. Nursing care is delivered by a staff of registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, psychiatric aides, and behavior shaping specialists.

Social Services:
The Social Service Department’s mission is one of treatment, discharge, planning, placement, and aftercare, as well as assessing and meeting psychosocial needs of patients. Psychosocial needs and community re-entry barriers identified and assessed are shared with multidisciplinary team members in the team process of matching in-house resources with needs and planning for post-hospital needs. As part of a system for continuity of care, the hospital social worker assists with the development of a post discharge plan of continued care involving numerous community agencies. All services are supervised by licensed social work supervisors. Personnel include LCSW's
, MSW’s, and social service counselors.

Activity Therapy Services:
Includes a number of disciplines – Art Therapy, Music Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Recreation Therapy – each providing a unique set of specialized services. When referred by a physician, the program provides individualized, comprehensive rehabilitative services aimed at improving physical, psychological, cognitive, and social functions that are fundamental to the acquisition of daily living skills. Focus is on remedial and new skill learning directed toward improving relevant self-care, work, and leisure skills. Expectation is that change and improved function are both expected and possible.
Leisure time activities are also offered through this program to encourage appropriate, constructive, and therapeutic use of leisure time. Leisure activity participation does not require physician referral but some activities may require the client to be on Level II or Level III.

Major roles for the Activity Therapy staff include:

  • Initial Activity Therapy Assessment of all admissions
  • Treatment team consultation, including Occupational therapy functional assessments, as needed, and formulation of Activity Therapy treatment of plans
  • Provision of Art Therapy, Music Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Recreational Therapy to address the treatment needs of the clients
  • Provision of leisure activities available to all clients on the service; and
  • Active participation in the implementation of the Service Behavior Modification Program.

Nutritional Services:
Include the provision of nutritious meals, therapeutic diets, nutritional supplements, and snacks for the patients, special refreshments or meals for patient activities and functions; and professional services by a registered and licensed dietitian. All patients are nutritionally screened upon admission and during treatment plan updates in order to identify any nutritional risk factors, such as eating disorders, diabetes, etc., which would indicate the need for further nutritional evaluation. A Nutritional Assessment is
completed by a registered dietitian upon physician’s request for a nutritional consult relating to any identified nutritional risk factor or upon placement of the patient on any type of therapeutic diet. After evaluation of the patient’s nutritional needs, the dietitian will make any necessary recommendations to the physician regarding nutritional care of the patient. Other nutritional services provided by a dietitian include diet counseling to patients, and / or their families as ordered or requested, nutrition education classes and / or cooking classes for the patients, and consults with medical and nursing staff, as needed, regarding nutritional care of the patients.

Education Services:
Special School District #1 provides educational services while the client is receiving inpatient treatment. SSD #1 provides a public education program for patients 21 years of age and under who have not received a high school diploma, a GED Certificate, or a Certificate of Achievement. Individuals who have reached the age of majority may enroll themselves and have the right to decline educational services. All adolescents 16 years of age and under are required by state law to attend school and individuals 17 years of age and over are encouraged to participate in our school program.

Work Therapy Services:
Are designed to offer the Treatment Team a therapy for adult patients of the facility. The purposes of this therapy are to improve the emotional status of the patient, to teach the patient to become a vital productive worker in society, to provide the patient with a variety of vocational activities that are dictated by the needs, interest and abilities of the patient and to provide the patient with an opportunity to improve self esteem through job accomplishment and monetary gain. Available job assignments include, but are not limited to, assembly line packaging, cafeteria aide, carwash assistant, garage assistant, gardening and horticulture groups, janitorial groups, storeroom assistants, clerical aides and on-grounds courier. Monetary incentives are established according to Department of Labor’s Federal Register regulations.

Other Therapy Services:
Are offered on an as-needed basis. As determined by the physician or treatment team, other therapies can be accessed such as Speech, Hearing, or Physical Therapy. These therapies are accessed through special contracts with therapists who either come to the facility or the patient is brought to the therapist.

Affiliated On-Site Programs:

The following programs, while housed on the grounds of Central Louisiana State Hospital, remain distinct and have their own admission and / or service protocol. They are not part of the management structure of this facility.

  • Regional Office of Alcohol and Drug Abuse
  • Alcohol and Drug Abuse Clinic
  • Regional Office of Mental Health
  • Alexandria Mental Health Clinic
  • Red River Treatment Center
  • Gateway Adolescent Treatment Center

Accreditation Requirements:

Central Louisiana is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.  A main tenet of JCAHO's Shared Visions - New Pathways accreditation process is the provision of continuous safe, high-quality care to the public through continuous standards compliance.  As such, continuous interaction between a health care organization and its public helps determine if it's meeting that goal. 

In recognition of the pending unannounced status of surveys in 2006 and the more continuous nature of today's accreditation process, the Joint Commission's Accreditation Committee has approved a new Accreditation Participation Requirement (APR) encouraging the public to notify the Joint Commission whenever there is a concern about the quality of care and/or patient safety at an accredited organization that the organization has not addressed.

Continuous Public Involvement APR:

The organization provides notices to its publics that when an individual has any concerns about patient care and safety in the organization, he or she is encouraged to contact the organization's management.  If the concerns in question cannot be resolved at this level, the individual is to be encouraged by the organization to contact the Joint Commission.

The Joint Commission may be contacted in any of the following manners:

Mailing Address:


Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations

One Renaissance Boulevard

Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181


  (630) 792-5000
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