BAYOU Bridges

What is BAYOU Bridges?

Behavioral and Mental Health for Adolescents and Young Adults with Opioid Use and Other Stressors (BAYOU) Bridges is a culturally-informed curriculum aimed at training primary care residents in the prevention, identification, diagnosis, treatment, and referral of services for mental health and behavioral health conditions for pediatric, adolescent, young adult, and other groups with higher risk of or have experienced abuse, trauma, or mental health and/or substance use disorders (SUD), including those related to the effects of gun violence.

BAYOU Bridges

Clinical Rotations

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Child Psychiatry

Gain valuable experience in assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of mental and behavioral health conditions commonly encountered in the primary care setting, including: 

  • Anxiety 

  • Depression 

  • ADHD 

  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder 

  • Suicidal Ideation 

Addiction Medicine

Addiction Medicine

The Addiction Medicine component of the rotation provides residents a dynamic and immersive experience focused on understanding, diagnosing, and managing substance use disorders across diverse patient populations. Participants will learn to describe patterns and stages of use and abuse of various substances, will have the opportunity to prescribe Medication for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD), and will learn to recognize the stages of behavioral change and practice motivational interviewing techniques. 



The Community component of the rotation aims to prepare residents to provide contextualized, empathetic, and trauma-informed care. Participants will participate in integrated mental and behavioral health care for at-risk adolescents, experience the provision of mental and behavioral health in the juvenile justice system, practice recognizing and referring patients with emerging several mental health disorders, and learn about strategies to promote resilience in adolescents and young adults impacted by trauma.


The application period for our program is now open!

This program is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $2,500,000 with 0% financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit