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Friday, July 2, 2010
Louisiana Asks BP For $10 Million In Mental Health Funding .. First Request DENIED
In a second letter to Doug Suttles, BP America's chief operating officer, Louisiana DHH Secretary Alan Levine asked the company Monday to set aside $10 million to support outreach efforts by the department's Louisiana Spirit teams and pay for "a needed spectrum of therapeutic and psychiatric services" offered through local districts and community organizations.
Just more evidence that BP is all talk and little action.
Levine's letter explained his concerns over an "emerging behavioral health crisis" -- Louisiana Spirit counselors embedded in the impacted communities have already begun to report increased anxiety, depression, and alcohol consumption in their patients, an observation that community-based organizations have corroborated.
It is time to be proactive and stop another crisis!! "We don't have the luxury of time. We've got to provide services and support now," Levine said.