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Jan Kasofsky, executive director of Capital Area Human Services, speaks before a panel discussion about opioid use and strategies to help users, following an announcement a new initiative seeking to reduce opioid use among girls and women, Thursday, March 1, 2018 at the CAHS office.

The longtime executive director of the Capital Area Human Services District, a quasi-governmental health care agency, is resigning at the end of February.

Jan Kasofsky, who has led the agency since its creation by the Louisiana Legislature in 1996, will step down from her post on Feb. 29 to work in private health care in New Orleans. 

The human services district provides community-based mental health, addiction recovery and developmental disabilities services to residents of Ascension, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Pointe Coupee, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana parishes.

During her tenure, Kasofsky expanded school-based mental health services to 44 schools, established the region's first post-Hurricane Katrina mental health and disability triage unit, and helped implement an opioid response plan for the region. 

“It is through her compassion and dedication that we have the comprehensive services we have today in this region,” Tom Sawyer, chairman of the human services board, said in a prepared statement. 

Jan Laughinghouse, the agency's Addiction Recovery Services program director, will serve as interim executive director effective March 1.