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Acadiana Area Human Services District - Strategic Plan 

Our Vision    
Acadiana Area Human Services District (AAHSD) will operate a dynamic and comprehensive system of services that will be recognized by consumers and the community-at-large for its accessibility, effectiveness, efficiency, and innovation in positively influencing the direction and quality of community-based human services to enhance the lives of persons served.


The Louisiana State Legislature established the Acadiana Area Human Services District under the provisions of the Louisiana revised statutes (LSA-RS): R.S. 373 to provide administration, management, and operation of behavioral health (addictive disorders and mental health) and developmental disabilities services to the residents of Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, and Vermilion parishes. Direct oversight of these services was previously provided through the Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH).

Governance of AAHSD is by a ten (10) member Board of Directors.  The Board is comprised of one resident from each parish as appointed by their parish governing authority, and three residents from the ‘region’ as appointed by the Governor.  Each board member must possess experience in the area(s) of behavioral health or developmental disabilities and represent parents, family members, consumers, advocacy groups, or serve as a professional in one of the areas.  All board members serve without compensation (reimbursement for travel/mileage is allowed, as funds are available).

Administration of the AAHSD is headed by an Executive Director, who is selected by the Board of Directors and is supported in administration and day-to-day operations by a Senior Management Team.  This leadership team strives to foster a culture of accountability and collaboration in an environment focused on evidence-based and best practices and the ongoing assessment of needs throughout the community.  Success is defined by positive individual and programmatic outcomes, consumer satisfaction, and increased efficiencies and cost-effectiveness in the provision of services. 

Please review our Strategic Plan to learn more about AAHSD, our history and our goals.