mental health

December 18, 2018

Louisiana’s mental health crisis

Louisiana spends less on mental health care, per capita, than 43 other states. In the absence of state investment, police are often the first responders for people facing a mental health crisis.

Number of the Day

$6,800,000,000 - Funding lost to Louisiana public schools since the state’s suspended an annual 2.75% inflationary increase in per-student spending, in 2008. (Source: Louisiana Budget Project)
October 10, 2018

Climate change is a crisis for Louisiana

For years, scientists and policymakers have used a temperature increase of 2 degrees Celsius over pre-industrial levels as a target for the maximum rise in the global climate that Earth can sustain while limiting the catastrophic effects of climate change to the environment and to human populations.

Number of the Day

$18,142 - Average annual premium for a family health plan for the bottom 90 percent of income earners in 2016, including both employer and employee contributions. In 2016, health care premiums totaled 51.7 percent of average earnings for the bottom 90 percent, a 26.1 point increase over 1999. (Source: Economic Policy Institute)
September 12, 2018

A searing look at the ‘working poor’

Vanessa Solivan, of New Jersey, has three kids and a job she enjoys as a home health care aide. She also is sometimes forced to sleep in the back of her station wagon because the money she earns, along with the paltry government assistance she receives, isn’t enough to keep a roof over her family’s head.

Number of the Day

8.4 - Percentage of Louisianans without health insurance in 2017, down from 10.3 percent the previous year. (Source: U.S. Census Bureau; American Community Survey)
June 14, 2018

The Children of Central City

Simultaneously heartbreaking and inspiring, the special project by a team of reporters and photographers at Nola.com/The Times Picayune about children growing up in one of New Orleans most historic and most violent neighborhoods is a must-read.

Number of the Day

$1.4 billion - Total amount of federal SNAP benefits distributed to low-income Louisiana families (Source: Department of Children and Family Services)