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River Place Behavioral Health Opens New Adolescent Unit to Serve Patients from Greater New Orleans, Baton Rouge

LAPLACE — River Place Behavioral Health’s new adolescent unit has officially opened to treat adolescents age 12-17 who struggle with conditions like depression, ADHD, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and anxiety. Located in LaPlace, River Place expects to treat approximately 400 patients per year at its 22-inpatient bed unit.

In 2018, Ochsner Health partnered with Acadia Healthcare, a national leader in behavioral healthcare services, to open River Place Behavioral Health, an 82-bed inpatient facility. Through the joint venture, Acadia manages the hospital while Ochsner psychiatrists and providers deliver much needed inpatient behavioral health services to adults and adolescents.

“We are thrilled to open this new unit,” said Dean Hickman, M.D., psychiatry system chair, Ochsner Health and medical director, River Place Behavioral Health. “Across Louisiana, we have a lack of inpatient beds to treat our young patients with behavioral health concerns, and this region is no different. said “Now, more young people will be able to receive treatment without having to travel great distances.”

Approximately one in five children in the United States have a mental health disorder, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), with most mental health conditions beginning by age 14. Suicide is the third-leading cause of death for children ages 12-17, making treatment at this age critically important. The demand for care is significant. However, statewide, there are far fewer inpatients beds available than adolescent patients seeking care.

Treatment in the adolescent program may include basic medical care along with individual, family, and group therapy sessions. Typical length of stay in the unit is seven to 10 days, though this will vary depending on each adolescent’s specific concerns and goals. Before completing the program, their care team will provide each young person and their family with aftercare planning that defines the next steps in the healing process.

“We’re excited to provide adolescent care for our community with the opening of our new unit,” says Jeremy Pitzer, CEO of River Place Behavioral Health. “We understand how important it is for children and teens to receive age-specific behavioral health treatment, and we’re committed to working closely with parents or guardians to ensure that they are thoroughly involved in their child’s care.”

River Place Behavioral Health is tailored to meet the diverse needs of its patients. It offers outdoor areas for recreation – including an outdoor basketball court for the adolescent unit. Patients also have access to a group room with a foosball table and a private dining/multi-purpose room decorated with local and regional photography and artwork. All units have been designed to provide a peaceful and calming environment. Low stimulus rooms are available, as well as those designed for activity.

The unit will be staffed by five physicians, seven nurse practitioners and physician assistants, and several support staff. Once fully staffed, the unit will add 40 positions to the facility.

“Ochsner is proud to continue partnering with Acadia Healthcare to provide even more services to patients in the River Parishes region,” said Stephen Robinson, CEO, Ochsner Medical Center – Kenner and the River Region. “Behavioral health is critically important, and we are committed to enhancing care for patients of all ages.”

River Place Behavioral Health Hospital is located at 500 Rue de Sante in LaPlace, Louisiana. For more information visit:


About Ochsner Health

Ochsner Health is a system that delivers health to the people of Louisiana, Mississippi and the Gulf South with a mission to Serve, Heal, Lead, Educate and Innovate. Ochsner Health is a not-for-profit committed to giving back to the communities it serves through preventative screenings, health and wellness resources and partnerships with innovative organizations that share our vision. Ochsner Health healed more than 900,000 people from across the globe in 2020, providing the latest medical breakthroughs and therapies, including digital medicine for chronic conditions and telehealth specialty services. Ochsner Health is a national leader, named the top hospital in Louisiana and a top children’s hospital by U.S. News & World Report. As Louisiana’s leading healthcare educator, Ochsner Health and its partners educate thousands of healthcare professionals annually. Ochsner Health is innovating healthcare by investing in new technologies and research to make world-class care more accessible, affordable, convenient and effective. Ochsner's team of more than 32,000 employees and 4,500 providers are working to reinvent the future of health and wellness in the region. To learn more about Ochsner Health, please visit

About River Place Behavioral Health Hospital

River Place Behavioral Health Hospital provides inpatient treatment for adolescents and adults who are struggling with mental health conditions and co-occurring substance use disorders. Located in LaPlace, Louisiana, River Place Behavioral Health Hospital serves the greater New Orleans area in a state-of-the-art facility. River Place Behavioral Health Hospital provides comprehensive treatment programming that can include individual therapy, group therapy, and family therapy. Along with a customized treatment plan, each patient receives a detailed aftercare plan to ensure lasting recovery.