JoAn Brown, LAC – Louisiana

JoAn Brown is the owner, CEO, and Administrative Director of Choices of Louisiana, Inc., a multi-site Opioid Treatment Program (OTP). Ms. Brown is also a founding member of Louisiana’s Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence (LATOD) where she has served as President since 2000. With nearly two decades of dedication in advocating for the rights of patients enrolled in medication assisted treatment (MAT) programs, Ms. Brown utilizes the legal and legislative systems to increase patient access to OTP services and programs. Her involvement and strong belief in the benefits and credibility of methadone treatment prompted her to initiate a campaign to reduce OTP related stigma and abolish prejudicial practices toward methadone patients by educating addiction treatment specialists and other professionals who provide MAT services. Ms. Brown has served as a board member of the Louisiana Addictive Disorder Regulatory Authority, being nominated by the Louisiana Association of Substance Abuse Counselors & Trainers, Inc. (LASACT) and appointed by the Governor for multiple terms. Among numerous awards and recognitions, Ms. Brown’s organization, Choices of Louisiana, received the Addiction Treatment Services Provider of the Year award from LASACT in 2010.

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