Dr. Kasofsky serves as the Executive Director of the Capital Area Human Services District (CAHSD), with the primary goal of providing responsive services to people living in the seven parish region who have needs related to mental health, addiction recovery and developmental disabilities. She is responsible for integrating services that were previously provided by three Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) offices. The agency has an annual budget of $30M and a permanent staff of over 220. The agency serves over 14,000 individuals in its clinics annually. It is responsible for the governmental behavioral health response during local disasters and was awarded the Excellence in Crisis Response from the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare for its responsiveness to the Hurricanes Rita and Katrina evacuee population. The District returns decision making/local control to its 17 board members who represent the parishes in which they reside. The agency was selected to serve as a model for the redesign of behavioral health and developmental disabilities community-based services for the state. It is frequently noted as the innovator for programs such as integrating primary and behavioral health care, managing behavioral health crises across multiple sectors, and prenatal substance abuse screening, assessment and infant mental health interventions. It is also a model for decentralizing services for rural outreach utilizing schools and public health units. She is most excited about the establishment of joint mental health addictive disorders treatment and discharge planning within the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. CAHSD recently implemented the state’s first Community Health Worker program in Pointe Coupee Parish, the most rural parish of the service district. The program focuses on behavioral health and primary care referrals to existing services in Pointe Coupe Parish. Dr. Kasofsky is proud of the many services available to the clients of the Capital Area Human Services District.