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Information current as of May 13, 2013.
Community Mental Health Center (Ruston Behavioral Health Clinic)

Health and Hospitals, Office of Behavioral Health

The Ruston Behavioral Health Clinic provides outpatient mental health services to the residents of Lincoln and Union Parishes. We serve the chronic and persistently mentally ill adults. Services are available to the severely emotionally and behaviorally disturbed youth age 5 and above. The clinic is staffed with Social Workers, Nurses, Psychiatrist, Psychologist and other support staff who provide screenings, evaluations and counseling services. Crisis services are available. Referrals are made for inpatient psychiatric care, as needed. When appropriate, referrals are made to other Agencies providing services to the Office of Mental Health through contractual agreements. Other referrals are made for those persons seeking services who do not meet the target population criteria.

There is a Consumer run Drop-In Center available in Ruston for mental health consumers.  An outreach medication clinic is available, for established clients, in Farmerville twice a month. Fees for our services are based on income, family size, etc. Medicare, Medicaid and Private Insurance are accepted and billed.

Services Provided:

Screening: a brief history and review of symptoms to determine the most appropriate course of action: referral to other community resources or admission to clinic.


  • Psychosocial: a comprehensive social history that informs the treatment planning process within a cultural context that is performed by a licensed clinician (social worker, professional counselor, RN) or someone under their supervision.
  • Psychiatric: a comprehensive interview covering social and medical history, symptoms, mental status, etc. in order to form a working diagnosis that is performed by a psychiatrist (medical doctor specializing in psychiatry) or another professional under their supervision.
  • Psychological: specific tests that can evaluate for a variety of psychological constructs: I.Q., personality functioning, neurological functioning, emotional symptoms, etc. that is performed by a licensed psychologist (Ph.D. or Psy.D.) or someone under their supervision.


  • Individual Counseling: may include a variety of methods utilized by a licensed mental health professional or someone under their supervision with a single, identified client with a focus on the resolution of psychological/emotional symptoms and/or improved functioning according to treatment plan.
  • Group Counseling: similar to individual counseling with the exception of other clients being included, offering the added benefit of the therapeutic interaction of the group.
  • Medication Management: Monitoring of symptoms and side effects to evaluate the effectiveness of medication in the resolution or improvement of psychological/emotional symptoms that is generally performed by RN or M.D.

Contracted Services vary in availability throughout the region.  Examples of programs include: supported housing, employment, transitional living, residential, respite services, consumer care resources, transportation, case management, intensive outpatient, crisis services for children, Crisis Intervention Training program and others.  Please call for availability and criteria for access

For additional information please contact the center directly using the information provided below.

Contact Information
Stan Mahaffey, LPC
( 318 ) 251 - 4125
Community Mental Health Center (Ruston Behavioral Health Clinic)
Physical Address
602 East Georgia St
Ruston, LA 71270
Mailing Address
602 East Georgia St
Ruston, LA 71270
Primary Phone Number: ( 318 ) 251 - 4125
Fax Number: ( 318 ) 251 - 4177
Monday - Friday: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday - Sunday: Closed