Twice daily we’ll send you the day’s biggest headlines. Sign up today. City-parish officials are applauding the first-quarter statistics of East Baton Rouge’s new $4.5 million, taxpayer-funded mental health and de… During morning-to-noon informational sessions Thursday, Bridge Center officials explained how the facility serves as a short-term solution that prevents people in mental crisis from ending up in an ER or behind bars. As a licensed crisis intake center, patients can receive residential care for up to seven days.
On Thursday, the center hosted the first event in a series, a roadshow titled “Bridging the Gap to Mental Health,” at the East Baton Rouge Library to highlight some of those other resources. Sixteen organizations that work hand-in-hand with the Bridge Center — including Reilly Counseling Center and inpatient programs Apollo Behavioral Health Hospital and Beacon Behavioral Health — took part in the forum. In the first few months since launching the intake facility Claiborne said it has helped more than 425 clients stabilize after a crisis. Once they stabilize, she said the center steers them toward other resources so they can stay healthy in the long run.
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“We’ve almost doubled the number of patients we’ve seen in the first 78 days,” she said at a community outreach event Thursday. “Some people stay for a few hours, talk to a counselor, get some food, and leave, and some people stay with us for a week. It all depends on the person’s situation.”
Claiborne said that each installation of the “Bridging the Gap” tour will feature such providers from various parts of Baton Rouge. “We realize that residents don’t know what resources to use if they’re struggling,” Claiborne said. “Our hope is that through these events, we’ll be able to bring resources out to people instead of making them search around.” Louisiana’s first taxpayer-funded adult psychiatric crisis facility, Bridge Center for Hope, will host a roadshow to raise awareness about men…
“There isn’t a long-term mental health facility in Louisiana,” Claiborne explained. “So that means when a patient has to leave the center, we direct them to one of our community partners that can provide outpatient support.”
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