The East Baton Rouge Metro Council approved the Bridge Center for Hope to have some control over a mental health center through a cooperative endeavor agreement.The agreement allows the non-profit to operate and maintain the facility to provide mental health and substance abuse services.
The vote was seven to two.
Voters approved a tax to fund the mental health center last December. The tax is worth $60 million dollars during a ten year span. It will take officials a year to accumulate the money.
One of the biggest concerns during the metro council meeting was about the non-profit’s budget.
“It has it that they were going to spend $500 thousand for five detox beds,” said Councilman Chandler Loupe.
Regardless of the disagreements between council members, they said Baton Rouge is still in the right track in getting residents the help they need with their mental health.
The Bridge Center for Hope is operated by the Baton Rouge Area Foundation.