Bp provides $15 million to fund Behavioral Health Support for Louisiana residents

Troy LeBoeuf

BP today announced that it is providing $15 million to the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals to support its efforts to help Louisiana residents in the coastal communities access appropriate behavioral health services.  The funding will help residents link up with support that is available through providers in their communities. 

 BP also announced funding today for a special toll free phone line established by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) where people can turn for information on available services.

 “We appreciate that there is a great deal of stress and anxiety across the region,” said Lamar McKay, President of BP America and incoming leader of the Gulf Coast Restoration Organization.  “As part of our determination to make things right for the people of this region, we are providing this assistance now to help make sure people who need help know where to turn.”

 In recent weeks BP officials have held meetings with and gathered input from federal and state officials, behavioral health organizations and experts, and community groups and leaders to assess the needs of Gulf Coast residents.

 In addition to funding provided to the Department of Health and Hospitals and SAMHSA, BP also announced funding to the other states in the Gulf Coast region for similar programs today (Alabama, Florida and Mississippi).