#vote4yourself: Your Power To Break the Criminal Cycle of Mental Health
Former BRPD chief: Vote yes for mental health facility tax to end community's crisis cycle
When Earl K. Long Hospital closed in April 2013 due to state funding being cut, it left more than just a void in physical health needs in North Baton Rouge.
What are the tax proposals for roads, mental health facility on Saturday ballot?
Our community has been dealing too quietly for too long with a growing crisis. For years we have made cuts in mental health stabilization, and as a result, we have taken what should be a health issue and put it on the backs of law enforcement.
Letters: Keep Baton Rouge safe, prosperous with vote for MovEBR, mental health center on Dec. 8
East Baton Rouge voters on Saturday will decide on two tax proposals: a sales tax for road improvements, and a property tax for a mental health facility.
Publisher: Choose solutions on Dec. 8 ballot
From The Advocate
East Baton Rouge Sheriff Sid Gautreaux estimates that 70 percent of people in the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison have a diagnosed mental health disorder, and that a large number don't need to be in prison.
Elected officials continue to push for mental health tax
From the Greater Baton Rouge Business Report
Parishwide mental health treatment center tax: YES
I supported this solution two years ago, and like our traffic, the problem has not gone away.
Bridge Center could open next summer if mental health tax passes
From WBRZ Channel 2
Voters in East Baton Rouge Parish will decide Saturday on whether to tax themselves on two key issues. Even though it has failed in recent elections, elected officials are continuing to push for the mental health tax.
Talk Louisiana for Friday, November 30 with Hillar Moore
By Holly Duchmann, businessreport.com
Should the mental health property tax win voter approval on Saturday, the new Bridge Center could open as early as this summer, Bridge Center Board Chair Kathy Kliebert said during today’s Press Club luncheon.
Lanny Keller: The common sense of a Bridge Center
Listen to District Attorney Hillar Moore speak on WRKF 89.3 with Talk Louisiana’s Jim Engster about the state of mental health in East Baton Rouge Parish and the need for a crisis stabilization center to be funded through a parish-wide tax initiative.
Tax proposal on Dec. 8 ballot would fund new mental health center for Baton Rouge
By Lanny Keller, theadvocate.com
When East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Councilman Matt Watson talked up a pay raise for the city's police officers, it was a good idea whose time had not come. Other members of the Metro Council were not unsupportive of police officers, although there is a considerable queasiness about any kind of tax increase.
EBR on track to break unwanted record of involuntary mental health commitments
By Lea Skene, theadvocate.com
Crystal Harris tries to follow her usual routine, even when she finds herself sitting in jail dealing with a nervous breakdown.
Our Views: Here's our endorsements for key December propositions in Baton Rouge, Lafayette
From Cris Nakamoto, WBRZ News
BATON ROUGE - East Baton Rouge Parish is on pace to break a record number of "OPC's" which stands for orders of protective custody, according to the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner's Office.
Bridging the mental health messaging gap
Advocate Editorial, November 17
Baton Rouge mental health: Yes
A new 1.5 mill tax would fund a diversion center to keep the mentally ill out of Parish Prison and relieve one of the day-to-day burdens of police and sheriff's deputies. Far too many folks off their meds are now clogging emergency rooms and the jails.
Louisiana officials must take lead in mental healthcare, federal officials say
By Caitie Burkes, businessreport.com
The need for the Bridge Center hasn’t changed since 2016, according to local officials. What has changed, however, is the messaging behind the concept, slated to make a comeback on the Dec. 8 ballot as a 1.5-mill property tax proposal.
Mental Health Center Tax
By Steve Hardy, theadvocate.com
Providing mental health services is vitally important, but it is up to local leaders to figure out plans for their own communities, federal officials said Tuesday.
East Baton Rouge jail diversion program secures additional funding
“Baton Rouge needs a mental health crisis center and they’re asking for your help in getting it. A cost of $1.50 a month will be on your ballot in a couple of months, at least the choice for that…”
Press Release: Local officials unite to endorse mental health tax
A new pre-trial diversion program received a boost in funding Wednesday to help pay for continued efforts to place qualified offenders in treatment rather than jail.
Mental health tax advocates speaking at Our Lady of the Lake
(Baton Rouge, LA, October 24) – Officials today announced support for a mental health tax to fund operations of a mental health crisis stabilization center in East Baton Rouge Parish.
Bridge Center proposal sees groundswell of support, but how will we pay for it?
Local officials are highlighting mental health at a Wednesday morning gathering in the Capital City.
Calls growing louder for emergency mental health facility
By Lanny Keller, theadvocate.com
If there is one thing that the law enforcement community agrees upon, across the country as well as in Baton Rouge, it is that too many folks with mental health problems are locked up in jails.
By Graham Ulkins, WAFB Gwen Knox says her son, who died of a heroin overdose, might've been saved by a facility like the Bridge Center.