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The primary goal of COPE Behavioral Health (COPE) is to provide adults, children, and adolescents with outpatient mental health services designed to foster client to live successfully in their communities.  Our services aid the adults and adolescents to remain in society as a functional member of the community. Each aspect of the program is aimed at enhancing the individual’s sense of self-worth, self-reliance, and self-responsibility for maintaining personal recovery. Improvement in family, work, and interpersonal relationships, the development of a support system and the expansion of problem-solving skills are also expected outcomes.

COPE Behavioral Health is a for profit agency offering comprehensive services to individuals and families regardless of race, age, gender, handicap, creed, sexual orientation or national origin. The agency strives to provide quality care to all social and economic sectors of the population by developing specific programs to meet the specific needs of the client population. Furthermore, the agency is governed by the CEO, whose primary responsibility is to ensure that clients receive an optimal level of services by emphasizing the client’s strengths and competencies and to build on those strengths.

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.

There is an expectation that client share the responsibility for achieving their goals and promoting their ongoing health. In order to carry out these responsibilities, the governing body requires that the professional staff participate in professional and community educational programs. These educational programs will include but not be limited to; implementation, facilitation, accommodation, knowledge of the ever changing needs of the community through evaluation, links to referral resources and education regarding compliance with Louisiana State Licensure requirements. The governing body will ensure that staff receives continuous education through in-service, workshops, seminars and conferences. In order to achieve these objectives, the agency has established a Performance Improvement Program that provides a comprehensive review of quality services to client and their family members. This program and the efforts of all staff members are the key elements to providing quality patient care.

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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