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DHH Announces Public Forums to Educate about New Approach to Behavioral Health

First forum scheduled for Monday, Dec. 5 at Shreveport Convention Center

Friday, December 2, 2011  |  Contact: Media & Communications: Phone: 225.342.1532, E-mail: dhhinfo@la.gov

BATON ROUGE - Today, Department of Health and Hospitals Secretary Bruce D. Greenstein announced that DHH and Magellan Health Services will be holding forums around the state to educate Louisiana residents and providers about improvements to the state's behavioral health care services through the Louisiana Behavioral Health Partnership.

"This is a great opportunity for behavioral health care recipients and providers to learn more about the changes we are making to expand services and improve quality of care for Louisianians," said Secretary Greenstein. "The Behavioral Health Partnership is first and foremost about improving health outcomes in Louisiana. We know we must work together to make it a success. That begins by making sure people get answers to their questions and have a voice in implementing this partnership."  

The Department selected Magellan Health Services as the statewide management organization (SMO) to coordinate care and manage mental health and addictive disorder services for more than 150,000 Louisiana residents - 100,000 adults and 50,000 children. This includes the Coordinated System of Care (CSoC), which will provide services to 2,500 children with significant behavioral health challenges or co-occurring disorders who are in, or at, imminent risk of out-of-home placement.

The public forums begin Monday, Dec. 5 and will continue through Tuesday, Dec. 20. These forums are informational sessions, designed as a way for health care providers and citizens to interact with and learn more about the Partnership, Magellan and the company's plans to for service delivery in Louisiana. The forums also allow DHH and Magellan an opportunity to give information about services that will be available in each area.

All consumers, parents and families, providers and stakeholders are encouraged to participate in any of the forums listed below. To register, click here.

Northwest Louisiana

Monday, December 5, 2011     
Shreveport Convention Center
400 Caddo St.
Shreveport, LA 71101
Community Forum: 10:00 a.m. - Noon
Provider Forum: 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.   

Central Louisiana

Tuesday, December 6, 2011    
Alexander Fulton Hotel
701 4th St.
Alexandria, LA 71301
Community Forum: 10:00 a.m. - Noon
Provider Forum: 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m

Capital Area

Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Renaissance Baton Rouge Hotel
7000 Bluebonnet Blvd.
Baton Rouge, LA 70810
Community Forum: 10:00 a.m. - Noon
Provider Forum: 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

New Orleans Area

Thursday, December 8, 2011   
Embassy Suites
315 Julia St.
New Orleans, LA 70130
Community Forum: 10:00 a.m. - Noon
Provider Forum: 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Northeast Louisiana

Tuesday, December 13, 2011  
Ouachita Parish Fire Department
1000 New Natchitoches Road
West Monroe, LA 71291
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Community and Provider forums will be held together.

Acadiana

Wednesday, December 14, 2011    
Acadian Ambulance
2916 N. University Ave., Building B
Lafayette, LA 70507
9:00 a.m. - Noon
Community and Provider forums will be held together.

Southwest Louisiana

Wednesday, December 14, 2011  
Lake Charles Civic Center
Jean Lafitte Room
900 Lake Shore Drive
Lake Charles, LA 70602
3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Community and Provider forums will be held together.

South Central Louisiana

Thursday, December 15, 2011        
Nicholls State University
Theodore Duhe' Allied Health Building
235 Civic Center Blvd.
Houma, LA 70360
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Community and Provider forums will be held together.

                                                   

Northshore

Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Quality Inn and Conference Center
2800 South Morrison Blvd.
Hammond, LA 70403
9:00 a.m. - Noon
Community and Provider forums will be held together.

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals strives to protect and promote health statewide and to ensure access to medical, preventive and rehabilitative services for all state citizens. To learn more about DHH, visit http://www.dhh.louisiana.gov. For up-to-date health information, news and emergency updates, follow DHH's blog, Twitter account and Facebook.