Friday, November 25, 2011

Mental Health in New Orleans

Does anyone have any data on homelessness and mental health in New Orleans, or crime/criminal justice and mental health in the city?  I'll take any stats (tell me the original source if you know it) or anecdotal accounts.  Ultimately I want to know the number of homeless who are arrested and who also have been diagnosed with a mental health issue.  Any information is appreciated.  What mental health services currently exist in the city?  Are they residential or out patient?  What's the average length of time of continued service?  How much does service cost?  How clean and safe are they?  Are the same people recycled through them?  Have you seen any changes in this population over the past few years (since Katrina)?  How can we better serve this population?

The same questions apply to homeless shelters.

Anything would be helpful.

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