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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.


  • 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 five clinics in heavily impacted areas:

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
    • VAYLA New Orleans
  • 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
    • Smith Junior Elementary School
  • Terrebonne :
    • East Street Alternative High School
    • Evergreen Jr. High School
    • Houma Jr. High School
    • Montegut Middle School
    • Oaklawn Jr. High School