About Rouse for Coroner
As your coroner, I pledge the following:
1) Passionate advocacy for the mental health needs of New Orleans
2) Community partnership with all those seeking to Stop the Violence
3) Compassionate service to all, especially the grieving
4) Impartial forensic investigation and unbiased consideration of all available evidence
5) Modernization of the Coroner’s Office to reflect the highest national standards
6) Ethical and efficient use of your tax dollars entrusted to me
We are almost ten years out from the waters of Katrina, and still there is much work to be done. Our criminal justice system is undergoing its greatest transformation ever, and it is time for that change to come to the Coroner’s Office as well. I have the Energy. I have the Integrity. I have the Experience. Thank you for your support.
Dr. Jeffrey Rouse was born and raised in New Orleans. He attended Jesuit High School and graduated as valedictorian in 1992. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Duke University in 1996, received his M.D. from Georgetown University in 2000, and completed training in adult psychiatry and forensic psychiatry at Tulane University. He currently is an Assistant Professor of Forensic Psychiatry at Tulane University and Chief Deputy Coroner of Orleans Parish, Louisiana. Dr. Rouse is a board-certified forensic psychiatrist at Eastern Louisiana Mental Health System, and a consultant to the New Orleans Police Department and various local courts.
He currently works at Grace Outreach Center, a group home in Central City for men with mental illness and substance abuse who reintegrating themselves into society after criminal charges. As chief deputy coroner, he oversees psychiatric commitment of persons who are considered dangerous to themselves or others, ensuring both the patient’s civil rights and safety for the patients and for society. Prior to that, he conceived and led the New Orleans FACT team, making house calls by himself on New Orleans psychiatric patients to keep them stable and prevent them ending up in hospitals or jail.
During Hurricane Katrina, he broke back into his hometown of New Orleans on his own and established a disaster medical clinic on Canal Street, treating citizens and the first responders who were rescuing them. For these efforts, he was awarded the 2007 Bruno Lima Award for Excellence in Disaster Psychiatry by the American Psychiatric Association and a Commendation from the New Orleans City Council.
Advocating for the reestablishment of medical and mental health infrastructure since the storm, he has testified in front of the United States Senate, the Louisiana Legislature, and the New Orleans City Council. He has been interviewed by CNN, BBC, the New York Times, the Times-Picayune, the Advocate, multiple local television stations and was interviewed in Spike Lee’s If God is Willing and Da’ Creek Don’t Rise.
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We are almost ten years out from the waters of Katrina, and still there is much work to be done. Our criminal justice system is undergoing its greatest transformation ever,... Read More