About Louisiana Spirit Hurricane Recovery Program
Louisiana Spirit Hurricane Recovery was a federally-funded Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program for individuals, families and groups most affected by Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Gustav. Louisiana Spirit addressed post hurricane disaster mental health needs and other long term disaster recovery initiatives. Louisiana Spirit was charged by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) with connecting hurricane-affected residents to crisis counseling.
Louisiana Spirit was created as a result of crisis counseling grants applied for by DHH and the Office of Behavioral Health (OMH). These grants are funded through FEMA, and are administered through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
Funds targeted the residents of all areas affected by the hurricanes. The program was designed to provide short-term interventions and help individuals return to their pre-disaster levels of functioning.
Louisiana Spirit employed a diverse workforce of social services providers, first responders and medical professionals. Louisiana Spirit worked with various districts and authorities statewide.
Louisiana Spirit's providers, under the direction of the Office of Behavioral Health and DHH, offered disaster mental health interventions, which include outreach and education for disaster survivors, their families, local government, rescuers, disaster service workers, business owners, religious groups and other special populations. Free stress management services for employees, public, private and non-profit organizations statewide was also provided.