New Orleans' Mental Health Crisis
March 26, 2012 2:46 PM Subscribe
$15m in cuts to the Louisiana State University system's public hospital in New Orleans will devastate the already-taxed public mental health care system in New Orleans. Barely
posted by liketitanic (1 comment total)
recovered from the Katrina-induced collapse
of the system, those who rely on public care will be especially vulnerable
From the Gambit
"NOPD procedure for a potential mental health service call demands five officers, two two-man cars and a ranking officer, she says. That could mean dispatching half, or sometimes, all available officers in a district for a single call. Often those patients will end up seeking treatment at what is now the city's largest single mental health facility.
"It's the 10th floor of the [House of Detention] building," says Dr. Sam Gore, chief psychiatrist for the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office (OPSO), describing the jail system's acute mental health inpatient unit, HOD-10. "It has the mental health clinic where the physicians sit and the nurses have their nurses' station, right there on the tier. So that is the central medical hub, and then there's four tiers."
This post was deleted for the following reason: It's bad news for sure, but this seems like it's sort of "here is some bad news" territory that's not necessarily great for a post in its own right. -- cortex