In 2020, like most of the country, the COVID-19 Pandemic gave people an opportunity to reflect and renew their focus. This task force was no different. The task force decided to realign their focus areas to develop a database of resources that included clinical and social services. A survey was drafted and they received responses from over 120 organizations across East Baton Rouge Parish.
In 2021, with a renewed focus the task force once again dove into their focus areas. Below are the mission statements of each workgroup and the work they focused on.
Integrate Behavioral Health Services into the Primary Care Clinics
Stigma and Trauma Free Community
Mission: Connect community-based organizations with other organizations and resources needed to address the behavioral health needs of our communities most vulnerable populations. Specifically looking at the intersection and coordination of behavioral health services for people experiencing homelessness, citizens reentering into society after being in the criminal justice system, and efforts to divert citizens from the criminal justice systems.
Baton Rouge Overdose Coalition
In 2021, Mayor Broome and District Attorney Hillar C. Moore joined in launching a joint initiative called the East Baton Rouge Overdose Coalition (EBROC) which is looking to bring together law enforcement, medical and nonprofit communities to address overdoses in our community.
If you are interested in learning more about Mayor Broome's behavioral health task force or want to get involved click here to partner with us.