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BATON ROUGE- Behavioral healthcare issues continue to plague the capital city. Healthcare officials say crisis management in behavioral healthcare is missing.

The Baton Rouge Area Foundation is devising a plan to close the gap in behavioral healthcare with the development of a behavioral health crisis center.

After working with law enforcement, behavioral health professionals, and doctors, the foundation has their first draft of the new center. Now, organizers of the new facility are looking for input from the people it will serve.

The recent closings of the Baton Rouge General Mid-city Emergency Room and the Earl K. Long Medical Center, plus overcrowding in the parish prison, have made behavioral health a popular topic. Now, people with behavioral issues or illnesses are finding themselves with nowhere to go, and often times winding up in jail.

"It really breaks my heart to see Americans put in a situation like that," says Dr. Jan Kasofsky. "As a community member I feel very obligated to use my time to make sure something more humane gets put in place."

Now, organizers are looking for feedback to make sure the public is involved in their efforts. They're holding a meeting Monday, April 27th, at 1 p.m. at the East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library on Goodwood Boulevard. Anyone interested in attending should RSVP to the meeting on BRAF's website.




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