Baton Rouge has received additional money to help treat people with mental health issues, authorities announced Thursday.
At the Capital Area Human Services District, Executive Director Jan Kasofsky said the agency received more than $100,000 from the Humana Foundation to address mental health issues including depression, anxiety and schizophrenia.
Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome was on hand to lend her support to the measure, saying the parish needs to attend to the mental health of its citizenry.
CAHS, established by the state in July 1997, provides oversight for mental health, developmental disability and addictive disorder services in seven parishes: Ascension, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Pointe Coupee, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana, according to its website.
The peer-led Total Health Program will focus on integrated primary and behavioral healthcare services, such as a support groups, instructor-led fitness classes, nutrition and health education, and smoking cessation.
The Humana Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Humana Inc., which seeks to improve community health and well-being by addressing root causes and barriers that keep people from being their healthiest.
Humana said it is committed to making Baton Rouge 20 percent healthier by 2020 as part of its Bold Goal initiative.