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Aug 16, 2010 5:35 AM by Sharlee Barriere

LSUHSC Assessing Oil Spill Mental Health Needs

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans is
assessing Louisiana residents' current and long-term mental health
needs caused by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
The medical school's department of psychiatry has a state grant
to interview about 1,500 adults, some by phone and some in person,
in St. Bernard, Plaquemines, Lafourche, and Terrebonne parishes.
LSU says interviews by phone won't take more than 15 minutes,
with in-person interviews taking at most 45 minutes. Everyone will
get referrals and information about available resources. Those
given the longer assessments will also get educational literature.
Some of the interviews will be random. To get detailed
information about affected areas, LSU plans additional interviews
of people in fishing, oil and tourism.

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