Parish President Nowlin is seeking applicants to represent the Parish on the Northwest Louisiana Human Service District Board. The Northwest Louisiana Human Service District exists so that individuals with mental health, addictive disorders, and developmental disabilities residing in the parishes of Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Claiborne, DeSoto, Natchitoches, Red River, Sabine and Webster are empowered, and self-determination is valued such that individuals live a satisfying, hopeful, and contributing life. The District’s board consists of twelve members, comprised of residents from the nine member Parishes, with each Parish appointing one member, and three gubernatorial appointments from within the member Parishes. All board members serve a 3-year term, and have the option to serve up to three consecutive, 3-year terms. Appointments to the board are based on specific criteria, and vacancies are filled based on areas of expertise needed according to the sitting board’s composition. Currently, the board is in need of members who meet one or more of the following criteria:
A parent, consumer, or advocate in the field of developmental disabilities (this position will be appointed by the governor)
A parent, consumer, or advocate in the field of mental health (this position will be appointed by the governor)
Professional expertise in the field of substance-related and addictive disorders (this position will be filled by one of the member Parishes)
Professional expertise in the field of developmental disabilities (this position will be filled by one of the member Parishes)
Meetings are typically held on the third Monday night of each month at 1310 North Hearne Ave. in Shreveport at 5:30p.m. Meetings usually last about an hour and a half.
Persons interested in serving on the board should contact David Kees, Jr. with the Natchitoches Parish Government at 318.352.2714 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more detailed information about the board you may contact Ms. Deanna Fowler at 318.332.8951.