Building Mental Health Infrastructure in New Orleans

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When hurricanes Katrina and Rita devasted New Orleans' mental health infrastructure, AIMS Center team members helped develop programs in community health centers and primary care. The project enhanced the availability of evidence-based mental health services to uninsured, disadvantaged, and minority community members offered through REACH NOLA’s Mental Health Infrastructure and Training Project and showed the benefits of integrated mental health care after disasters, particularly for depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). To our knowledge, the program is the first time that a collaborative-care-based quality improvement approach for mental health treatment had been applied in a post-disaster recovery setting.


American Red Cross

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