Increasing the capacity to screen and treat post-disaster distress in Louisiana and promoting awareness of the services available

Hurricanes Katrina and Rita left in their wake thousands of people suffering from mental health disorders who do not meet the state-funded services' criteria for chronic mental illness. Their treatment needs go beyond the short term and nonclinical services provided through the federally funded crisis counseling program. Seeking to fill this gap, the Baton Rouge Area Foundation's Mental Health Initiative will serve adults currently living or working in the Greater Baton Rouge area whose lives were affected by the storms and who are experiencing symptoms such as anxiety, depression, increased conflict with others and other symptoms affecting their ability to function in daily life. The purpose of this project is to increase community capacity to screen for and treat post-disaster distress by training mental health clinicians and others in evidence-based models of screening and care. This project will further the Foundation's Hurricane Katrina response team's goal of increasing capacity for mental health services in the wake of the storms.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $500,000.00

Awarded on: 2/9/2007

Time frame: 3/1/2007 - 6/30/2008

Grant Number: 59810


Baton Rouge Area Foundation

100 North Street, Suite 900
Baton Rouge, 70802-5264


Twanda Lewis
Project Director