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Belle Chasse State School Investigation (1982)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: Belle Chasse, Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1982-03-26

Duration: 00:12:52

Subjects: Belle Chasse State School (Belle Chasse, La.) | Louisiana. Department of Health and Human Resources | INVESTIGATIONS | Mental Retardation | Children with disabilities | Health facilities | Abuse


  • George, Beth Host
  • Guste, William Speaker
  • Fisher, George Speaker
  • Stokes, Billy Ray Interviewee
  • Breaux, Murrill Interviewee


This segment from the March 26, 1982, episode of “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features a report on the investigation into alleged widespread patient abuse at the Belle Chasse State School, a facility for the mentally retarded, managed by the Department of Health and Human Resources. This report touches on factors that led to problems at the school, including the lack of educational and recreational programs for residents and a reduced training program for new employees. Host: Beth George