I immediately did a u-turn and drove back to read the sign as the "NO" was pretty implicit. I was intrigued. I then drove around and took a few photo's of where I saw the signs placed and of the mostly empty buildings nearby.
These houses sit nearby the DePaul Tulane Behavioral Health Center - which upon further reading, I have found that this mental health hospital has been here as long as or before these homes were even built.
When I returned home I did a little research on the Internet and found a few stories to share with you.
DePaul Hospital is one of the nation's oldest psychiatric hospitals. Started in 1861 by the
300 Beds Lost in NewOrleans:
"The lack of hospital beds, and the distances police must travel to find them, has spread law enforcement resources thin at a time when the NOPD is already strapped in trying to deal with rising crime. More and more mentally ill patients are winding up in jail, for lack of treatment options.
Today the largest psychiatric facility in the region is at Orleans Parish Prison, with 60 acute-care beds. Today the largest psychiatric facility in the region is at Orleans Parish Prison, with 60 acute-care beds." Read more...
New Orleans Feels Pain of Mental Health Crisis
NEW ORLEANS — Sixteen months after Hurricane Katrina tore this city apart, a hidden sort of damage is emerging. Local officials see it in reports of suicides, strokes and stress-related deaths. They see it in the police calls for fights and domestic violence. They see it in the long waiting lists for psychiatric care that they have no way to provide.
These days, life in the Big Easy isn't easy at all. Everyone from the mayor to the people staffing the public health clinics sees it: New Orleans is facing an unprecedented mental health crisis — and the city has no way to deal with it. Read more...