The City of Lake Charles has teamed up with Lake Charles Memorial Health System to provide mental health counseling for low to moderate income residents in Lake Charles who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Utilizing funds received through the 2020 CARES Act (CDBG-CV), the City of Lake Charles has established a behavioral health services program with Lake Charles Memorial Health System’s Behavioral Health Clinic located at 2829 4th Avenue, Suite 150, in Lake Charles. Residents meeting the eligibility criteria will have access to free mental health counseling services.

“With the City’s allocation of CARES Act funding, it is our goal to maximize the use of these funds by partnering with existing programs to make the largest impacts on our residents,” said Lake Charles Mayor Nic Hunter. “We have all seen the toll COVID-19 has taken on our community on a number of levels, but we are especially concerned about the individual mental health of our family members and neighbors. This is why in addition to utilizing these funds for rental and mortgage assistance programs, we are also proud to partner with Lake Charles Memorial Health System to provide behavioral health services to those who may not have the financial means to seek them at this time.”

“This grant will provide a much needed resource,” added Psychiatrist and author Dr. Dale Archer, Jr. “Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, two hurricanes, an ice storm and a flood we are facing a severe mental health crisis in the Lake Charles area. This grant will allow Memorial to bring behavioral health services to those who otherwise would not have access to this care.”

Those interested in applying or in need of more information, should contact Lake Charles Memorial Health System by calling 337-480-7801.