Children’s Hospital would become owner of the vacated New Orleans Adolescent Hospital under legislation headed to the state Senate.
The Louisiana House on Tuesday voted 100-0 for the sale included in House Bill 720, shipping it to the Senate for further debate.
The hospital offered mental health services for children and teens prior to its closure in 2009.
The legislation, sponsored by state Rep. Neil Abramson, initially would have required NOAH’s new operator to bring back the prior services.
Under the revamp that the House voted on, Children’s would work toward providing during and alcohol treatment and long-term inpatient treatment. But Children’s would not have to provide those services immediately as long as it adds more pediatric mental health beds, delivers behavioral heath care services for children under age 5 and expands autism services.
The Louisiana House added a “transparency” requirement at Abramson’s request.
Children’s officials would have to file annual reports “on how they are coming along with mental health services they have agreed to provide,” said Abramson, D-New Orleans.
Children’s has made a $4 million down payment on the property which it is now leasing. After the lease is terminated, another $25 million will be transferred to the state. Children’s would also receive $10 million in state construction dollars for improvements to the hospital.