Other Key Policymakers

Legislators are not the only individuals involved in policymaking.  Below are several other key individuals and groups who have influence on policies affecting individuals with developmental disabilities and their families in the state of Louisiana. 

John Bel Edwards

Governor, State of Louisiana

Dr. Rebekah Gee

Secretary, Louisiana Department of Health (LDH)

Mark Thomas

Assistant Secretary, Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD)

Dr. James E. Hussey

Interim Assistant Secretary, Office of Behavioral Health (OBH)

Tara LaBlanc

Assistant Secretary, Office of Aging and Adult Services (OAAS)

Jen Steele

Interim Medicaid Director, Louisiana Department of Health (LDH)

John White

Superintendent, Louisiana Department of Education

Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE)

The administrative body for all Louisiana public elementary and secondary schools

Human Services District/Authority Boards

Local governing entities providing developmental disability, behavioral health, and addiction recovery services

Marketa Garner Walters

Secretary, Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS)

Ava Dejoie 

Executive Director, Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC)

Mark Martin

Director, Louisiana Rehabilitation Services (LRS)

David Vitter

U.S. Senator

Bill Cassidy

U.S. Senator


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