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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Advocacy Center of Louisiana Announces New Executive Director

August 30, 2016

(New Orleans, LA) - The Advocacy Center of Louisiana is pleased to announce Kim Y. Jones as its new Executive Director. Jones brings more than two decades of legal and non-profit experience to the Advocacy Center, most recently providing indigent defense for parents and caregivers on behalf of the Counsel for Child Abuse and Neglect in the Family Court Division of D.C. Superior Court.

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