Our Philosophy

COPE’s fundamental philosophy is built on the ability to support and encourage perceptions, involvement and commitment as the central aspects of care. Consumers are actively encouraged to set their goals and re-evaluate them throughout treatment. The agency is committed to holistic care which includes the involvement of family and/or family surrogates and community support network whenever possible. Our holistic approach is outcome oriented, strength based, believing in measurable outcomes in terms of improved health, reduction in utilization of acute treatment services and increased independence, productivity and satisfaction.  We provide services to children, adolescent, adults, and special populations in accordance with the Louisiana Office of Behavioral Health and Department of Health and Hospitals. Additionally, the families of client with severe emotional disturbances should be full participants in all aspects of the planning and delivery of services.

Our program conforms to Child and Adolescent Service System Program (CASSP) principles such as:

  1. Providing needed services in the client’s home or community;
  2. Least restrictive, most normalized environment;
  3. Comprehensive array services that address physical, emotional, social and educational needs;
  4. Consumer and family-centered approach to strength-based service;
  5. Culturally appropriate services;
  6. Interagency collaboration and cooperation;
  7. Early identification and intervention; and
  8. Include specific client/family outcomes in the accountability system.

Our desired outcomes are:

  1. Assist the client (s) in coping with the symptoms of their mental illness; minimize the aspects of mental illness that make it difficult for a client to live independently
  2. Reduce or prevent time spent in a psychiatric hospital
  3. Minimize the amount of time spent out of home for children.


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