Jan Kasofsky, PhD

Jan Kasofsky, PhDDirector Vice President of Behavioral Health & Human Services at Access Health Louisiana

Dr. Kasofsky joined Access Health Louisiana in March 2020 as the Vice President of Behavioral Health and Human Services. In this role she is responsible for mental health, substance use disorder treatment and related prevention and supportive services. She was recruited due to her successful management of the Capital Area Human Services District for the past 23 years as it’s first executive director. She is a respected leader, known for innovative approaches in a variety of settings that are responsive to the needs of differing populations. She is recognized broadly for her creation and leadership of the cross-sector, Behavioral Health Collaborative that solved many of the regions needs over the past 15 years that included the design of the crisis stabilization unit and the recently completed, regional response plan to the opioid epidemic. At AHL she will support and expand integrated care, making care delivery more inclusive both in the clinics and through telemedicine, while expanding teletherapy to a broader population and offering a wider array of evidence-based therapies.

Some of the varied settings and populations Dr. Kasofsky has impacted include the crisis services response program, first known as the Mental Health Emergency Room Extension and later re-imagined and established as Bridge Center, and the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison, where she established an integrated planning group and initiated a global screening and referral/discharge process that served over 750 inmates annually. Additionally, she expanded school-based mental health services from 3 schools to 44. Her more global work within the agency includes CARF accreditation, establishing the agency as “Trauma Informed”, and the integration of primary care into her clinics. Her work regionwide included establishing Crisis Intervention Team training for law enforcement and her role as an incident commander during multiple declared emergencies.