Will Lead Recently Acquired DHH Developmental Center
(Iota, La.) — November 8th, Arc of Acadiana announced the addition of Michael Sonnier, a Eunice resident and local Family Nurse Practitioner, to the Arc of Acadiana team. Sonnier will serve as the Director of the newly acquired Southwest Developmental Center from the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals for the Arc of Acadiana. This acquisition is the first successful privatization of a developmental center in the nation.
“Mike was the obvious choice in selecting a Director for this acquisition,” says Kenny Patton, Arc of Acadiana Executive Director. “Mike’s background as a nurse practitioner will be invaluable as he serves our clients and the public at-large.”
Sonnier’s past experience includes a previous position in Arc’s New Iberia offices as head nurse and work at Southwest Developmental Center. Most recently, Sonnier had a successful family practice in Eunice and worked for Savoy Medical Center. “It was a tough decision. I really enjoyed my practice here in Eunice, and enjoyed my work at Savoy Medical Center. However, my passion is working with people with physical and developmental challenges,” says Sonnier, “Ultimately this was the right move, I look forward to re-joining the wonderful team at Arc of Acadiana.”
As part of Arc’s continuum of services, Arc of Acadiana’s Acadia Division will serve those with developmental disabilities by offering Residential, Supported Living and In-Home Services, as well as Employment Services. Future plans for the facility include a Family Practice Clinic that will provide a full range of healthcare to the public, as well as to those with developmental disabilities living in the community.
The Arc of Acadiana (formerly ARC of Iberia) provides services to individuals with developmental disabilities throughout South Louisiana. The organization which began as a single office in New Iberia has now grown into a 5 parish area and offers hundreds of Acadiana residents rehabilitative and employment services, health services and supported independent living.
The Arc of Acadiana, formerly The Arc of Iberia, is a chapter of The Arc, a national non-profit organization designed to promote and protect the rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). Partnering with these individuals and their families in our community, The Arc of Acadiana works to create a supportive local environment in which those whom they serve are given opportunities to make healthy, satisfying choices in their lives. For additional information visit www.arcofacadiana.org.