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Jun 28, 2010 5:10 PM by Melissa Canone

LA Health Secretary Asking BP Pay $10 Million For Mental Health Services To State

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's health secretary is again
asking BP PLC for $10 million for mental health services to state
residents affected by the oil spill.
Health and Hospitals Secretary Alan Levine says counseling teams
have talked to nearly 2,000 people in affected areas, and report
increases in anxiety, depression, stress, grief, drinking, and
thoughts of suicide.
In a letter Monday to BP America's Doug Suttles, Levine says $10
million will support six months of outreach and services.
His letter says the department first made its $10 million
request a month ago.
And he writes that fast action now will reduce longterm damage
to area residents and costs for their treatment.

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