Acadiana human services district's board of directors appointed

According to the state Department of Health and Hospitals, local control of state mental health, addictive disorders and other health programs could be coming to Acadiana.

Regional leaders have began instituting a human service district that would have power over state funding for mental health, addictive disorders, developmental disabilities and certain public health services in the the seven-parish area surrounding Lafayette.

This augmentation is backed by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals.

According to Louisiana law, certain public health services are allowed to be delivered through districts. The districts can also use federal, local and private funding to supplement state funding, and receive technical guidance from the state for service implementation and work-force training.

According to the DHH, the newly appointed board of directors have met and are currently writing bylaws and operating policies for the new district.

State law mandates that within a three year start-up process the district must prove itself capable of assuming the responsibility of delivering high-quality service and good governance.

Current members of the newly formed board include, Ronald Lynn Canino, of Rayne; Joseph "Claude" Devillier, of Eunice; former state Representative Sydnie Mae Durand, of St. Martinville; Mary B. Neiheisel, of Lafayette; John Pitre, of Ville Platte; Barry Verret, of New Iberia; and Bryan Vidrine, of Ville Platte. The board must include one appointee from each participating parish and three members from the district, appointed by Governor Bobby Jindal.

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