Candidates Share Their Views on Disability Issues

People with disabilities want to learn more about candidates’ positions on the issues that impact them. To help people with disabilities and their friends and families make informed choices, People First of Louisiana, the Advocacy Center of Louisiana, The Arc of Louisiana, Louisiana Assistive Technology Access Network (LATAN), ALS Association - Louisiana/Mississippi Chapter, New Horizons Independent Living Center, National Federation of the Blind of Louisiana, Families Helping Families of Southwest Louisiana, Inc., Affiliated Blind of Louisiana, Louisiana Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health, New Horizons Independent Living Center, Southwest Louisiana Independence Center and The Extra Mile, Southeast Louisiana joined together to conduct a survey of candidates.

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Nearly Two Years In, Youth Cannot Access CsoC Vital Services

The Coordinated System of Care program (CsoC) is designed to provide intensive services for children with mental illness across Louisiana who are at high risk for placement in a hospital, psychiatric residential treatment facility, or other institution.

On October 28, 2014, the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Advocacy Center of Louisiana sent a joint letter to the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services outlining the severe shortage of crisis stabilization and respite providers available across the state for participants in the (CSOC) program.

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Election 2016: Register to Vote By October 11th

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016, Louisianans will head to the polls to elect a new President and U.S. Senator. We will also select U.S. Representatives, local officials, and vote on a number of Constitutional Amendments and propositions.

In order to vote in this important election, you must be registered at least 30 days prior to the election. Your application must be received by the Registrar of Voters or postmarked by October 11th to be eligible.

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Department of Health Agrees to End Lengthy Waitlist for Admission of Prisoners with Mental Illness to State Mental Hospital

Individuals found incompetent to stand trial or not guilty by reason of insanity were
routinely denied access to mental health treatment and the opportunity to stand trial.

September 6, 2016

Baton Rouge, LA -- Under terms of a settlement agreement in a lawsuit brought by the Advocacy Center of Louisiana and the Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center, the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) will end the practice of warehousing certain mentally ill detainees in parish jails. The Agreement will instead require the Department to admit them promptly to a mental health hospital for treatment.

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