About the NLHSD

What is the Northwest Louisiana Human Services District (NLHSD)?

The Northwest Louisiana Human Services District was created by Act 373 in the 2008 Legislative Session. The goal of the NLHSD is to serve the parishes of Caddo, Bossier, Webster, Claiborne, Bienville, Red River, Desoto, Sabine, and Natchitoches as a Local Governmental Entity (LGE).  On May 19, 2014, the district completed its readiness assessment and began operating as a fully authorized Local Governmental Entity on July 1, 2014.

NLHSD is one of 10 LGEs created by the Louisiana Legislature as part of a statewide integrated human services delivery system.  With local management, LGEs provide behavioral health and developmental disabilities services to the residents of Louisiana.  Accordingly, LGEs operate within a framework anchored in clear public policy objectives, well-defined local responsibilities, and accountability measures designed to assure quality services are delivered efficiency and effectively.

The NLHSD Board of Directors

The NLHSD Board of Directors consists of a total of 12 board members. One representative is selected from each of the nine parishes in addition to three members appointed by the Governor of Louisiana.

Njeri Camara

Caddo Parish

Board Member

George Sewell

Bossier Parish

Board Chair

Fletcher Carter

DeSoto Parish

Board Member

Vacant

Governor Appointee

Board Member

Wanda Brock

Red River Parish

Board Member

Vacant

Bienville Parish

Board Member

Gary Conlay

Natchitoches Parish

Board Member

Matthew Linn

Governor Appointee

Board Secretary

Ora Rice

Webster Parish

Board Secretary

Kristi Copeland

Claiborne Parish

Board Member

Mary Brocato

Sabine Parish

Board Member

Vacant

Governor Appointee

Board Vice-Chair

Meeting notices, minutes, and other board information are available at the Louisiana Boards and Commissions website: http://wwwcfprd.doa.louisiana.gov/boardsAndCommissions

The Senior Leadership Team

As the first Executive Director of the Northwest Louisiana Human Services District, Doug Efferson facilitated the transition of services from the Department of Health and Hospitals to the District and under the governance of the Board of Directors.  He works with the Senior Leadership Team to operationalize the Mission an Vision of the district.

Doug Efferson

Executive Director

Sharon Doyle

Developmental Disabilities Director

Gloria Lott

Finance Director

Allie Allen

Operations Director

Michele Impson

Human Resource Director

Wendy Goad

Behavioral Health Director

The NLHSD Care Team

The District has over 100 employed and contracted team members providing services through the nine parish service area. Additionally, the District contracts with a number of provider organizations in the community to expand and enhance the services available in the communities being served.

Employment Opportunities

Employment opportunities are posted on the Louisiana Civil Service Job Seekers website at jobs.civilservice.louisiana.gov using the “LDH- Northwest Louisiana Human Services District” department filter. For questions, please call our Human Resources Department at 318-676-5111.