About the NLHSD

What is the Northwest Louisiana Human Services District?

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

Northwest Louisiana Human Services District is one of 10 LGEs created by the Louisiana Legislature as part of a statewide integrated human services delivery system.  With local accountability and management, LGE’s are charged with providing behavioral health and developmental disabilities services to the residents of Louisiana.  All LGE’s operate with a framework anchored in clear public policy objectives, well-defined local responsibilities, and accountability measures designed to assure quality services are delivered to Louisiana consumers efficiency and effectively.

The Board of Directors

The Board of Directors consists of one representative from each of the nine parishes making up the district and three members appointed by the Governor of Louisiana for a total of 12 board members.

Current Board Members
Njeri Camara, Caddo Parish Board Member, Board ChairFletcher Carter, DeSoto Parish Board Member
Wanda Brock, Red River Parish Board Member, Board Vice-ChairNatchitoches Parish Board Member - Vacant
Ora Rice, Webster Parish Board Member, Board SecretaryLeland Marcelle Slaughter, Sabine Parish Board Member
George Sewell, Bossier Parish Board Member, Board TreasurerDeanna Fowler, Governor Appointee to the Board
Bienville Parish Board Member - VacantChris Nolen, Governor Appointee to the Board
Jamie Lennard, Claiborne Parish Board MemberReece Middleton, Governor Appointee to the Board

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

The Executive Director

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. Doug has a Masters Degree in Healthcare Administration and over 35 years of healthcare experience in the Shreveport-Bossier area.

The Senior Leadership Team

The District is operated under the direction of a Senior Leadership Team charged with the daily operations of the District.

Senior Leadership Team Members
Doug Efferson, Executive DirectorSharon Doyle, Developmental Disabilities Director
Tina Rivera, Finance DirectorAllie Allen, Operations Director
Michele Impson, Human Resource DirectorWendy Goad, Behavioral Health Director

The Care Team

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