Behavioral Health

November 13, 2017
New data from the Louisiana Department of Health and the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy show there are fewer opioids being prescribed since Medicaid expansion began in July 2016.
August 02, 2017
Youth with significant mental health challenges and their families are shown to have improved outcomes when they are linked to peer support services.
July 20, 2017
This report summarizes the findings from the Louisiana Caring Communities Youth Survey (CCYS), a survey of 6th, 8th, 10th, and 12th grade students. The results for the State of Louisiana are presented along with comparisons to past years results for State of Louisiana. In addition, the report contains important information about the content of the survey, and suggestions and guidelines on how to interpret and use the data for prevention planning.
July 06, 2017
The charge of Act 158 of the 2015 Regular Legislative Session was to provide transparency relative to Medicaid managed care programs. Within the Office of Behavioral Health (OBH), this involves the Coordinated System of Care (CSoC) program.
June 15, 2017
The Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) will be hosting town hall meetings in four locations in different areas of the state. This will be an interactive opportunity for providers to ask questions and to offer ideas and suggestions as we continue to improve the services and member outcomes.
June 01, 2017
The Louisiana Department of Health is hosting a series of mental health rehabilitation stakeholder calls. The purpose of these calls is to provide a venue for participants to engage in conversation about department news, pertinent budgetary issues, MHR service reform, provider qualifications and requirements, and other topics of interest. These calls allow the Department to gain valuable input from MHR providers and offers a venue for providers to ask questions about activities associated with the delivery of specialized behavioral health services.
May 15, 2017
The State now has more funding to fight the opioid epidemic. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has awarded the Louisiana Department of Health a grant to target and reduce opioid abuse across the state. The State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis Grant is funded at $8,167,971 a year for two years.
March 08, 2017
The annual Synar Report describes the progress Louisiana and other states have made in enforcing youth tobacco access laws and future plans to reduce youth tobacco access rates as required by the federal Public Health Service Act [42 U.S.C. 300x–26]. The law requires all states to have in effect a law making it unlawful for any manufacturer, retailer, or distributor of tobacco products to sell or distribute any such product to any individual under the age of 18, and to conduct random, unannounced inspections to ensure compliance with the law. States are required to report this information annually to the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP).
January 26, 2017
There are many simple steps that you can take to protect yourself from infectious diseases. Protecting yourself is essential to keeping you and those around you healthy.
January 23, 2017
Laypeople who come to the aid of an individual who has overdosed on heroin, morphine or other opioid drugs can now receive the lifesaving medication naloxone without having to get a direct prescription from a doctor.