Mental health care capacity building and implementing effective models of treatment in primary care settings in New Orleans

Hurricane Katrina and the resulting levee breaches uprooted hundreds of thousands of people in the Greater New Orleans region and caused catastrophic damage to its delivery system for health care. To address the consequent stress placed on the primary care system, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services gave Louisiana $100 million to stabilize the system and expand access to it. State government tasked the Louisiana Public Health Institute to administer the project. The Foundation recognized that this large infusion of federal funds and the rebuilding of the region's primary care system represented a unique opportunity to apply lessons from its Depression in Primary Care national program, namely that mental health treatment can be handled effectively in primary care practice. The purpose of this grant project is to integrate the delivery of mental health care into primary care settings. If successful, this project will demonstrate improved access to mental health care as shown in an evaluation, while addressing a critical concern of the Foundation's Vulnerable Populations and the Katrina Teams, namely the elevated rates of mental health disorders in the Gulf Coast region caused by Hurricane Katrina. In addition, the project will provide information about integrating mental health and primary care systems.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $838,544.00

Awarded on: 2/6/2008

Time frame: 2/15/2008 - 2/14/2011

Grant Number: 63540


Louisiana Public Health Institute

1515 Poydras Street, Suite 1200
New Orleans, 70112-3723


Eric T. Baumgartner
Project Director


Harold Alan Pincus
Project Director