Decriminalizing Mental Illness
People with mental illnesses who break minor laws, such as disturbing the peace, end up in jail or the emergency room. Baton Rouge is not alone. Mental health services across the country have been cut, making jails our nation's de facto asylums.
In December, Baton Rouge voters approved a small tax to pay for a mental health treatment center, a project that started at the Baton Rouge Area Foundation. Over the next year, the Foundation will provide staff support, as needed, to start the center. Details of the treatment center are at this link.