DHHS Announces Dave Richard as Deputy Secretary of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Services

Raleigh, N.C.

Raleigh, N.C. - North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Secretary Aldona Wos today announced that Dave Richard will become the Deputy Secretary of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Services, effective March 14.

Since May 2013, Richard has served as the director of the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services. In his new role, he will lead DHHS' effort to create a true continuum of care in the behavioral health arena by overseeing the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services and the Division of State Operated Healthcare Facilities. This move will help DHHS better align and improve service delivery between the LME/MCO system and state operated facilities. He will also continue his work on the Crisis Solutions Initiative Coalition as well as other critical mental health, developmental disabilities and substance abuse services transformations.

"Creating the Deputy Secretary of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Services position is an important step in achieving the Governor's and the Department's vision of improved behavioral health, substance abuse and developmental disability services across the state," said Secretary Wos, M.D. "This is part of a continuing effort to organize DHHS to meet the challenges of an evolving healthcare system and create more coordinated, efficient and effective methods for providing services for North Carolina citizens."

"Dave Richard has more than 30 years of leadership experience in the behavioral health, substance abuse and developmental disability fields," said Wos. "I am excited about the leadership Dave will provide in improving the integration of healthcare in North Carolina."

Prior to joining the DHHS team, he served as the executive director for The Arc of North Carolina for 24 years.

Dr. Courtney Cantrell has been named the Acting Director of the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services. Most recently, she worked as policy adviser for integrated care within the division. Cantrell has been intimately involved in the development of the Medicaid reform plan, ensuring that proposed reforms take into account the needs of beneficiaries, providers, and stakeholders, and that whole-person care is infused into the new system. She received her PhD in clinical psychology from Florida State University.

Cantrell and Dale Armstrong, who was recently announced as the Director of the Division of State Operated Healthcare Facilities, will report to Dave Richard.

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