The regional Behavioral Health Collaborative, created and convened by Capital Area Human Services, met May 24 at CAHS to explore the establishment of a Crisis Coalition for Louisiana’s Region 2 and continuing development of crisis planning, response, and coordination of resources.
Several experts talked about various services provided along the crisis continuum, and attendees shared ideas about how to coordinate and collaborate to ensure that the region’s behavioral health services are maximized and delivered efficiently.
Topics included an outline of services offered by the national 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline, CAHS, and the Bridge Center for Hope. Attendees also heard about the crisis continuum (from mild to emergency) and the stabilization of individuals who experience an acute crisis.
The meeting was facilitated by CAHS Executive Director Jan Laughinghouse, PhD, LCSW-BACS, LAC. Expert presenters were Paul Tuminello, LCSW-BACS of CAHS; Ann Darling, LCSW, of the Louisiana Department of Health; Stephen Phillippi, Jr., PhD, LCSW, CCFC, of Louisiana State University; Shawne Langston-Emery, MA, LPC-S, LAC, CCS, of RI International; and Charles T. Browning, MD, of RI International.
Dr. Laughinghouse said CAHS will continue to convene the Collaborative to discuss various topics that are essential to the coordinated delivery of behavioral health care.