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The National Weather Service forecasts freezing temperatures in the New Orleans area beginning Friday, Jan. 12 through Thursday, Jan. 18. A mix of very light wintry precipitation is possible in the evening of Tuesday, Jan. 16, but no accumulation is anticipated. Residents and visitors are advised to take precautions during winter weather.

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The City of New Orleans

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

Behavioral Health Council

The Behavioral Health Council is an essential component of the Health Department’s Behavioral Health Strategic Plan and is a key leadership body for the behavioral health system in New Orleans.


The Behavioral Health Council endeavors to achieve a high-functioning behavioral health system that works collaboratively to meet the needs of vulnerable populations across the life span – a system that delivers the right care, in the right place, at the right time.


The mission of the Behavioral Health Council is to ensure a comprehensive, coordinated, and cohesive system of behavioral health care.  The Council does this through the following activities:

  • Community-wide education and information-sharing;
  • Development of system-level strategies to improve coordination; and
  • Advocacy for policies that improve behavioral health for all.


  • Engagement
  • Focus on results
  • Collaboration
  • Comprehensive approaches 


The responsibilities of the Behavioral Health Council are to:

  1. Facilitate cross-system collaboration and coordination of services.
  2. Assess performance of the system at the policy and programmatic level.
  3. Collect and review system level data.
  4. Provide support and technical assistance.
  5. Provide accountability for managed behavioral health care.
  6. Increase leadership capacity.


The Council is staffed by the Health Department for logistics and organizational support.  The Health Department Director co-chairs the Council with the Executive Director of Metropolitan Human Services District  . The other rotating members drawn from various sectors within the New Orleans behavioral health community, including:

  • Criminal Justice
  • Education
  • Health & Hospitals
  • Housing


For more information please contact Erin McBurney at



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