The mission of the Office of Mental Health (OMH) is to ensure the provision of treatment, rehabilitation, and community supports that assists Louisiana citizens in recovery from their mental illness and emotional disturbance. The mission is accomplished through the distinct regions or mental health service entities which have unique culture and mission statements, and who accept the OMH vision as the appropriate system dynamic for change. The traditional views of the role of public mental health systems, the etiology of psychiatric disorders, and the viability of functional recovery have changed dramatically. Now services are developed in partnership with the consumers, their families and support systems directed towards resumption of adaptive behavior, work, and quality of life.
The goals of the Office of Mental Health are:
1. Aid in the recovery of all persons suffering from mental disorders. OMH strategy is to maximize the opportunities and potential for adults, children, and families to achieve their highest possible quality of life.
2. Ensure that services are available, accessible, accountable, flexible, and acceptable. Quality improvement, education, information exchange, and input from consumers and families are essential components in the system of care.
OMH is responsible for the statewide management and operational support of a comprehensive array of mental health services and delivers an integrated system of community inpatient hospital programs. Some are directly operated by the state, others are contracted with service providers. This integrated system of care includes mental health services, rehabilitation, education, employment, social, and other support services. The system assures interagency collaboration appropriate for adults and children and the multiple needs of those who have serious mental and emotional disorders.
The Office of Mental Health includes two programs: Administration and Support and Community Mental Health.
This agency's recommended appropriation does not include any funds for short-term debt.
In addition to the above recommended appropriation, $117,412 will be paid in Fiscal Year 1999-2000 for long-term debt incurred on behalf of this agency from the previous sale of bonds. Total long-term debt payments for the state for Fiscal Year 1999-2000 are reflected in the Governor's Executive Budget Supporting Document in Non-Appropriated Requirements, Schedule 22- 922.
This agency's recommended appropriation also includes the following amount by means of financing for payments on the unfunded accrued liability of the Louisiana State Employees' Retirement System in accordance with the provisions of Article X, Section 29 of the Constitution of Louisiana:
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