LSU Health New Orleans

Departments & Centers | Contact | Donate

Administration Basic Sciences Clinical Sciences Centers of Excellence
 

Mental and Behavioral Health Capacity Project 

The Mental and Behavioral Health Capacity Project (MBHCP) within the Gulf Region Health Outreach Program (GRHOP) is providing much needed mental and behavioral health treatment and longer-term supportive services to improve the overall well-being of individuals, families, and communities affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. LSU Health Sciences Center is one of four academic institutions across the Gulf that are working collaboratively to provide patient centered integrated care to those areas most heavily impacted.

        2012%2010:11:09%20AM

  • Services include assessment, consultation, training, prevention, and education services to Federally Qualified Health Centers and community clinics
  • Project staff will work with Federally Qualified Health Centers and community clinics to provide public education and community training programs on mental and behavioral health issues
  • Primary outcomes of the Mental and Behavioral Health Capacity Project will be improved overall well-being of adults, children and families and strengthened communities affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill 
  • Sustained Mental and Behavioral Health Capacity Logic Model

Supplemental Services in Primary Care Facilities

One important goal of the MBHCP is to integrate mental and behavioral health into primary care facilities in Louisiana parishes most affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Psychiatric and psychotherapeutic services are being provided onsite at primary care facilities and via telepsychiatry to increase services offered to affected communities. LSUHSC clinicians provide resource linkage, referral sources, training consultations, as well as direct treatment and indirect expert guidance.

Clinicians are currently placed in following four clinics in heavily impacted areas:

  • Cameron:
    • Hackberry Rural Health Clinic
  • Orleans (East):
    • Kid's First Clinic
  • Plaquemines:
    • Plaquemines Medical Center
  • St. Bernard:
    • St. Bernard Health Center

Supportive School and Community-Based Services

Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC) clinicians are providing therapeutic school-based interventions with children and families, as well as trainings and consultations to school administration and personnel. School screenings are carried out by the school in collaboration with LSUHSC clinicians to identify children and adolescents who meet the cut-off for services and/or who request services. For younger children, the screener will be filled out by the parents who can also request services that indicate they wish to speak to someone.

Clinicians work collaboratively with school administration, principals, school counselors, and teachers to identify and collaboratively provide services to those children most in need of services. Clinicians are available for consultation across the school system related to children and adolescents who may be having a difficult problem that are not in one of the identified schools with enhanced services. Currently, LSUHSC clinicians run bi-monthly group consultation meetings with school counselors and social workers from Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes that allow these school leaders to discuss and process difficult cases and situations that are occurring in their perspective schools.

The following schools are those identified as needing enhanced mental and behavioral health services:

  • Lafourche :
    • Bayou Blue Middle School
    • Central Lafourche High School
    • Golden Meadow Middle School
    • Lockport Middle School
  • Orleans (East) :
    • Reed High School
  • Plaquemines :
    • Boothville-Venice Elementary School
    • South Plaquemines Elementary School
    • South Plaquemines High School
  • St. Bernard :
    • Andrew Jackson
    • Arabi Elementary School
    • Chalmette Elementary School
    • Chalmette High School
    • Gauthier Elementary
    • Lacoste Elementary
    • Rowley Alternative
  • Terrebonne :
    • East Street Alternative High School
    • Evergreen Jr. High School
    • Houma Jr. High School
    • Oaklawn Jr. High School        

Project Leadership Team

2012%2011:21:59%20AM

Howard J. Osofsky, M.D., Ph.D., Project Co-Leader

Kathleen and John Bricker Chair and Professor of Psychiatry

  • Howard J. Osofsky, M.D., Ph.D., is the Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (APA). He is nationally and internationally recognized as a leader for his efforts to help children, families, and communities impacted by disasters, violence, and terrorism. He has received numerous honors including the American Psychiatric Association Gold Achievement Award for university-community collaboration and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry's first award for the Best Chair of a Department of Psychiatry because of his numerous efforts on behalf of children and adolescents.

2012%2011:23:45%20AM

Joy D. Osofsky, Ph.D., Project Co-Leader

Barbara Lemann Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry and Head of Pediatric Mental Health

  • Joy D. Osofsky, Ph.D. is a clinical and developmental psychologist and is nationally and internationally recognized for her work with children impacted by disasters and trauma. She is the Director of the Harris Program for Infant Mental Health. She is the editor of Children in a Violent Society (1997), Young Children and Trauma: Intervention and Treatment (2004), Clinical Work with Traumatized Young Children (2011), and co-editor of the four volume WAIMH Handbook of Infant Mental Health. She is the past-President of ZERO TO THREE and President of World Association for Infant Mental Health. She has received numerous awards including the Sarah Haley Award for Clinical Excellence in trauma work and recognition by Family Services of Greater New Orleans for outstanding service to the community.

Kristin L. Callahan, Ph.D., Project Coordinator for Supportive Services

Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry

  • Kristin L. Callahan, Ph.D. is a developmental psychologist at the LSU Health Sciences Center. Dr. Callahan oversees the Developmental Disorder Clinic through LSUHSC's assessment clinic, supervises trainees conducting assessments, and routinely presents on the assessment of pervasive developmental disorders and handling challenging childhood behavior problems. She was an Irving B. Harris Foundation Fellow and specializes in working with families with very young children (0-5) with and without developmental disabilities. She is the Mental Wellness Coordinator for the Orleans Parish Head Start Program and the child psychologist for the Child Development Center on the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in Belle Chasse, Louisiana.

 2012%2011:47:49%20AM

Erich Conrad, M.D., Consultant for Integrated Mental and Behavioral Health Services including Tele-Psychiatry Services

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Program Director of LSU-Ochsner Psychiatry Residency Training Program and Psychosomatic Medicine Fellowship

  • Erich J. Conrad M.D., F.A.P.M. is the Program Director for the LSU-Ochsner Psychiatry Residency Training Program and the Psychosomatic Medicine Fellowship. He also serves as the Director of Psychiatric Consultation and Liaison for the Interim LSU Hospital and the LSUHSC Epilepsy Center of Excellence. Dr. Erich Conrad is the head of the Spirit of Charity Level One Trauma Center Psychiatry Research Unit at the Interim LSU Hospital and has served as principle or sub-investigator in numerous clinical trials. He is board certified in Psychiatry and Psychosomatic Medicine.

Kristopher Kaliebe, M.D., Coordinator for Child and Adolescent Integrated Mental and Behavioral Health Services including Tele-Psychiatry Services

Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry

  • Kristopher Kaliebe, M.D. is an assistant professor of clinical psychiatry and is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in General Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Forensic Psychiatry. He has advanced training in cognitive behavioral therapy. His clinical experience has been primarily working in juvenile corrections and in federally qualified health centers. Dr. Kaliebe has been evaluating and treating patients using telemedicine since 2005 and routinely gives educational presentations and telecasts via teleconferencing, as well as recently authoring The use of telepsychiatry in juvenile justice settings. He serves on the Media and Complementary Integrative Medicine Committees at the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Since 2009 he has served as Secretary-Treasurer of the Louisiana Council for Child Psychiatry. He is a former Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Training Program Director at LSU and has been a member of the LSU Academy for Academic Scholarship since 2008. He has been named a "Top Doctor" in New Orleans by New Orleans Magazine and Louisiana Life Magazine since 2007.

Erin T. Reuther, Ph.D., Coordinator for Evaluation

Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry

  • Erin T. Reuther, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist at LSU Health Sciences Center and is the Coordinator of Program Evaluation for the Mental and Behavioral Health Capacity Project. Dr. Reuther has extensive cognitive behavioral therapy training and specializes in working with children and adults with anxiety disorders. She supervises clinical psychology interns and teaches cognitive behavioral therapy to LSU medical students. She is an Irving B. Harris Foundation Fellow and specializes in working with families with very young children (0-5). Dr. Reuther also has extensive experience developing, implementing, and evaluating large-scale research projects and serves as the primary evaluator for the Mental and Behavioral Health Capacity Project.

John H. Wells, M.D., Coordinator for Integrated Mental and Behavioral Health Services in Primary Care Clinics and Tele-Psychiatry Services

Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry

  • John H. Wells, M.D. is an assistant professor of clinical psychiatry with the LSU Health Sciences Center. He is currently working closely with others in the department including child psychiatry and psychology to establish a program to integrate mental and behavioral health care into primary care practices across southern Louisiana, and in the future, across other states which face similar access-to-care challenges in remote coastal communities. Among other methods, Dr. Wells is utilizing a combination of on-site clinics, care coordinators, and pooled resource telemedicine clinics to facilitate robust communication between academic specialists and the often isolated and remote healthcare practices and patients which need them. This program also allows him to offer psychiatry residents unique training opportunities in clinical integration and telemedicine.