A 2015 Mental Health America report ranks Louisiana 47th for overall mental health care, meaning the state has a high prevalence of mental illness and scarce access to care.

Leaders in Baton Rouge have had little success in improving the Capital City’s mental health care offerings in recent months. The Metro Council rejected a proposed tax plan in January that would have asked voters to pay higher sales and property taxes for a $16.5 million mental health center, among other public safety and infrastructure improvements.

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