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Children’s Bureau of New Orleans Supports HB 595

For many years, the New Orleans Adolescent Hospital (NOAH) was an institution that stood at the center of New Orleans’ mental health service system for children and youth. The closing of NOAH in 2009 created a significant fissure in this system. Two bills filed in the current legislative session have reignited discussion around NOAH and the services it provided.

HB 546 allows Children’s Hospital to buy the NOAH property without the restrictions mandated in a law passed in 2012 that gave Children’s Hospital the preferential status to lease the property as long they expanded mental health services for children and adolescents at NOAH.

HB 595 requires Children’s Hospital to use NOAH for mental health services, and, if Children’s Hospital refused to do so, would allow for Ochsner to lease the facility. If Ochsner declined to offer mental health services, the property would be put out to bid.

We at the Children’s Bureau of New Orleans, a leading nonprofit mental health agency providing counseling and intervention services to some of the community’s neediest children, encourage legislators to examine the bills before them carefully with the needs of our children in mind.

Children’s Bureau of New Orleans Receives “NOLA for Life” Grant

The Children’s Bureau of New Orleans is proud to announce it has received a $10,000 grant from the City of New Orleans and Greater New Orleans Foundation through their NOLA for Life initiative. The grant will support the ongoing work of the Project LAST grief and trauma program developed to help children who have been a victim of or witness to violent crime in our community.

Developed in May 2012, NOLA FOR LIFE is New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s comprehensive murder reduction strategy to tackle the city’s historically-high murder rate. Recognizing that law enforcement alone cannot solve the murder problem, the NOLA FOR LIFE plan takes a holistic approach to get to the root of the problem, and divides the plan into five main categories including: Stop the Shooting; Invest in Prevention; Promote Jobs and Opportunity; Improve the NOPD; and Get Involved and Rebuild Neighborhoods. Development of the NOLA FOR LIFE plan was fueled by the Mayor’s Innovation Delivery Team and the City’s public safety and public health experts. For more information, visit www.nolaforlife.org.