BRAF to release plans for new mental health facility
BATON ROUGE- The Baton Rouge Area Foundation is expected to release more details about its plan to deal with the mental health crisis in the capital city.
Last year, jail officials said that people with mental health issues are being housed in jails because there's not enough space at local hospitals. According to health officials, the shutdown of multiple health facilities, including the state-run Earl K. Long Hospital, has lead to current predicament.
Experts have suggested that as many as 500 beds could be freed up at the jail in East Baton Rouge if a mental health hospital were to open up. Last year, Warden Dennis Grimes said it's time for area leaders to make a decision on how they want to treat the mentally ill.
Last week, BRAF announced that it would share recommendations for a facility to treat people who should not be jailed.
BRAF hired Health Management Associates to develop a master plan for the new treatments center. The new report is also expected to include funding options for the new project.