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Did you know May is Mental Health Awareness Month?

Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. During the month of May, groups across the US join together to raise awareness of mental health and continue to fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for policies that support people with mental illness and their families.


In Louisiana however, mental health advocates are currently bracing for $50 million in budget cuts. According to, a House-approved budget would slash $50 million in state and federal Medicaid dollars for mental health services, eliminating outpatient programs that bring treatment to people in their homes, guide them through the health care system and teach them how to cope and live independently. The proposed mental health cuts, including state dollars and the loss of matching federal funds, are: $23.5 million for community psychiatric support and treatment for adults; $16.2 million for psycho-social rehabilitation services for adults; $10.4 million in a reduction to inpatient psychiatric hospital rates. The cuts would also reduce Medicaid reimbursement rates for inpatient psychiatric hospitals. The Louisiana Department of Health estimates more than 18,040 people receiving those services would be affected.


We want to hear from you, the young professionals in Baton Rouge who strive to make this community a better place. Please take this brief survey on Mental and Behavioral Health. Results will be shared, however, respondents can choose to remain anonymous. 


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