Kody Kinsley

Kody Kinsley

Investing in Behavioral Health and ResilienceA comprehensive plan to strengthen North Carolina’s mental health and substance use disorder treatment system.

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Kody H. Kinsley serves as Secretary of the NC Department of Health and Human Services; appointed to the cabinet position by Governor Roy Cooper. 

Secretary Kinsley believes his responsibilities fall into two buckets: Keeping the state well-prepared for the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic; and ensuring the residents of North Carolina recover even stronger. To do this, Secretary Kinsley has identified three priority areas of focus: Behavioral Health & Resilience, Child & Family Wellbeing, and Strong & Inclusive Workforce. By focusing on these three areas, Secretary Kinsley believes the state can make smart investments that drive health for individuals and value for public resources. 

As Secretary, Kinsley oversees a department that has broad responsibility for all aspects of health and human services, a staff of 18,000 and an annual budget of $26 billion. Kinsley joined the Department in 2018 where he most recently served as Chief Deputy Secretary for Health and Operations Lead for North Carolina’s COVID-19 response. 

Prior to returning home to North Carolina, Secretary Kinsley served as the presidentially appointed Assistant Secretary for Management for the United States Department of the Treasury under two Administrations. In that role, he functioned as the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer with a broad scope of responsibility for the agency, its nine bureaus, and 100,000 employees.

With deep health policy, operational and leadership experience, Secretary Kinsley’s career spans the public and private sector, including positions at the White House, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and leading operations for a behavioral health care service provider in western North Carolina. Secretary Kinsley is a Fellow of the Civil Society Fellowship, a partnership of the Anti-Defamation League and the Aspen Institute, and he is also an Adjunct Professor at the School of Government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

He earned his bachelor’s degree from Brevard College in Brevard, NC, and his Master of Public Policy from the University of California, at Berkeley.

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Secretarial Directives

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Date Event
Nov. 3, 2022 Duplin County Mental Health Town Hall 
Nov. 4, 2022 2022 Business of Healthcare Conference
Nov. 10, 2022 UNC-CH Guest Lecture
Dec. 7, 2022 NC Area Health Education Centers

Date Event
Oct. 27, 2022 Nash County Mental Health Town Hall
Oct. 25, 2022 Governors Awards for Excellence Ceremony 
Oct. 24, 2022 Panelist for NC Medicare-Medicaid Integration: Advancing Whole-Person Care
Oct. 21, 2022 North Carolina Community Health Center Association
Oct. 12, 2022 Good Hope Hospital Ribbon Cutting
Oct. 11, 2022 JLOC
Oct. 10, 2022 Health Management Association Conference
Oct. 6, 2022 Foundation for Health Leadership and Innovation Bernstein Dinner
Oct. 6, 2022 Speak to Governor’s Pages
Oct. 5, 2022 NC Assisted Living Association Fall Conference
Sept, 30, 2022 NC Psychiatric Association Annual Conference
Sept, 28, 2022 Duke Margolis Center for Health Policy NC Executive Roundtable 
Sept, 8, 2022 SEANC Annual Convention
Aug.5, 2022 New Hanover County Behavioral Health Task Force Meeting
July 29, 2022 Change Champions: Leaders in Public Health & Public Service Luncheon
July 18, 2022 Opioid Crisis Management Summit
July 14, 2022 Mental Health Town Hall in Greensboro, NC
June 27, 2022 Visit and Tour with UNC HIV Cure Center and ViiV Pharmaceuticals
June 16, 2022 Ribbon Cutting of Eastpointe Mobile Care Center
June 15, 2022 Visit to CET LabCorp
June 14, 2022 Triad Retirement Living Association
June 2, 2022 White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Meeting
May 20, 2022 State Employees Association of NC Board Meeting and Award Presentation
May 18, 2022 Do Politics Better Podcast
May 18, 2022 North Carolina Network of Grantmakers
May 2, 2022 Association for Home and Hospice Care of North Carolina 2022 Awards Ceremony
May 2, 2022 NC EMS Expo
April 26, 2022 Visit to WorkSource West 
April 18, 2022 Governor’s Office of Public Engagement and Inclusion DEI Summit
April 4, 2022 North Carolina Center on the Workforce for Health Inaugural Meeting
April 2, 2022 PrideLife Expo
April 1, 2022 2022 North Carolina Association of Rehabilitation Facilities Spring Conference
Mar. 31, 2022 Consolidated Human Services Alliance Directors Meeting
Mar. 30, 2022 Medboard Matters Podcast 
Mar. 30, 2022 Department of State Operated Healthcare Facilities Town Hall
Mar. 29, 2022 NC Association of County Commissioners Funding Strategy Summit
Mar. 29, 2022 North Carolina Association of County Commissioners Opioid Summit
Mar. 28, 2022 Fireside Chat: North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities Annual Meeting
Mar. 21, 2022 North Carolina Down Syndrome Alliance Ribbon Cutting
Mar. 17, 2022 Speak during NC Healthcare Reform Exe Roundtable
Mar. 10, 2022 Community Health Center Board Meeting
Feb. 25, 2022 Vaya Board of Directors
Feb. 23, 2022 HMP/Disability Communities Tele-Town Hall
Feb. 22, 2022 Mobile mental health clinic in Washington County Ribbon Cutting
Feb. 21, 2022 Parent Advocates for Adult Children with I/DD Monthly Meeting
Feb. 21, 2022 NC American Indian Tribal Leaders Meeting
Feb. 17, 2022 Cherry Hill Black History Month Celebration
Feb. 16, 2022 Fireside Chat & Tele-town Hall
Feb. 11, 2022 NC Council on Developmental Disabilities Meeting
Feb. 9, 2022 NCWorks Commission
Feb. 4, 2022 UNC Gillings Practice Advisory Committee
Feb. 4, 2022 NC Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Feb. 3, 2022 Cafecito & Tele-town Hall: Protection, Testing, Boosters, Isolation & Quarantine
Feb. 3, 2022 Vaccine Event at King’s Pharmacy and Compounding with Gov
Feb. 2, 2022 Community Partners Webinar
Jan. 27, 2022 Congresswoman Adams - State of the District- greeting from DHHS/Gov's Office
Jan. 20, 2022 COVID-19 Fireside Chat & Tele-town Hall: Protection, Testing, Boosters, Isolation & Quarantine
Jan. 19, 2022 Telephone Town Hall with Rep. Ross and Wake County HHS Director Nannette Bowler
Jan. 15, 2022 NC Medical Society Board of Directors Meeting
Jan. 13, 2022 Kinston Vaccine Visit
Jan. 13, 2022 NC Association of County Directors of Social Services remarks
Jan. 12, 2022 State Consumer and Family Advisory Committee
Dec. 9, 2021 i2i Pinehurst Conference to Upcoming Appearances
Mar. 15, 2021 Community Resilience Conference
Feb. 24, 2021 Cary Chamber of Commerce
Feb. 20, 2021 Teen Town Hall
Feb. 18, 2021 Congressman David Price COVID-19 Vaccine Virtual Town Hall
Feb. 17, 2021 Congresswoman Deborah Ross’ COVID-19 Roundtable 
Jan. 9, 2021 Town Hall with PBS North Carolina: Vaccine 101 & SCOOP
Dec. 18, 2020 North Carolina Council on Health Care Coverage
Nov. 19, 2020 Vaya Town Hall
Nov. 16-17, 2020 NC's Community Resilience Conference 2020
Nov. 12, 2020 Trillium Town Hall
Nov. 11, 2020 APPAM 42nd Annual Fall Research Conference
Nov. 5, 2020 Sandhills Town Hall
Oct. 29, 2020 Partners Town Hall
Oct. 22, 2020 Eastpointe Town Hall
Oct. 15, 2020 Cardinal Town Hall
Sept. 17, 2020 Alliance Town Hall
July 27, 2020 NCFADS Summer School Presentation
July 8, 2020 State Consumer and Family Advisory Committee (SCFAC) Meeting
May 13, 2020 State Consumer and Family Advisory Committee (SCFAC) Meeting
April 8, 2020 State Consumer and Family Advisory Committee (SCFAC) Meeting
March 11, 2020 State Consumer and Family Advisory Committee (SCFAC) Meeting
March 5, 2020 Jacksonville Town Hall. Jacksonville, NC
Feb. 20, 2020 Town Hall.  Winston-Salem, NC
Feb. 12, 2020 State Consumer and Family Advisory Committee (SCFAC) Meeting
Feb. 1, 2020 Legislative Breakfast on Mental Health
Jan. 8, 2020 State Consumer and Family Advisory Committee (SCFAC) Meeting
Dec. 13, 2019 Medication-Assisted Treatment in Jails Conference
Dec. 12, 2019 Trillium Board of Directors Meeting
Dec. 11, 2019 State Consumer and Family Advisory Committee (SCFAC) Meeting
Nov. 13, 2019 State Consumer and Family Advisory Committee (SCFAC) Meeting
Nov. 6, 2019 Behavioral Health Policy Summit
Oct. 4, 2019 Central Region CFAC’s Annual Peer Support Workshop
Oct. 4, 2019 Vaya CFAC Retreat
Sept. 11, 2019 State Consumer and Family Advisory Committee (SCFAC) Meeting
Aug. 14, 2019 State Consumer and Family Advisory Committee (SCFAC) Meeting
Aug. 1, 2019 Alcohol Drug Council of NC Anne Doolen Visionary Awards Luncheon
July 10, 2019 State Consumer and Family Advisory Committee (SCFAC) Meeting
June 12, 2019 State Consumer and Family Advisory Committee (SCFAC) Meeting
April 10, 2019 State Consumer and Family Advisory Committee (SCFAC) Meeting
March 13, 2019 State Consumer and Family Advisory Committee (SCFAC) Meeting
Feb. 13, 2019 State Consumer and Family Advisory Committee (SCFAC) Meeting
Jan. 9, 2019 State Consumer and Family Advisory Committee (SCFAC) Meeting

Date Event
Oct. 21, 2022 Recovering Stronger
Sept. 30, 2022 North Carolina Psychiatric Association: The Future of Behavioral Health and Resilience in North Carolina
July 19, 2022 National Opioid Crisis Management Congress: Addressing the Opioid Epidemic: A State’s Perspective
May 23, 2022 NC health Care Facilities Association Annual Business Meeting
May 19, 2022 North Carolina Public Health Leaders’ Conference 
April 27, 2022 North Carolina Public Health Association Annual Education Conference
April 19, 2022 Greenville-Pitt Chamber of Commerce: Responding to and Recovering from a Global Pandemic
April 1, 2022 North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians Advance Family Medicine Summit
Mar. 30, 2022 2022 Behavioral Health Convening (presentation)
Mar. 15, 2022 JLOC
Mar. 14, 2022 Speak Partners CFAC Meeting
Mar. 4, 2022 Keynote Speaker - NC Critical Access Hospital Statewide Meeting
Mar. 3, 2022 Duke University School of Nursing with Q/A
Feb. 15, 2022 JLOC 
Nov. 16, 2021 National Academy of Medicine Virtual Webinar - Financing that Rewards Better Health & Well-being: State Innovations Leading the Way
Jan. 30, 2021 Mental Health Legislative Breakfast
Dec. 3, 2020 i2i Pinehurst Conference
Sept. 24, 2020 Mental Health Summit
Sept. 23, 2020 UNC School of Medicine Virtual Grand Rounds
Sept. 21, 2020 North Carolina Provider Council
July 1, 2020 NC TIDE Presentation
April 14, 2020 House Select Committee on COVID-19, Health Care Working Group
March 5, 2020 ADCNC Conference. New Hanover County, NC
Feb. 28, 2020 Clinical Update conference. Raleigh, NC
Jan. 30, 2019 Town Hall
Dec. 2-4, 2019 i2i Conference
Nov. 14, 2019 Benchmarks' Annual Meeting
Nov. 12, 2019 Duke Autism Speaker Series
Oct. 25, 2019 2019 Licensed Professional Counselors Association of North Carolina Conference
Oct. 23, 2019 Addiction Professionals of NC Conference
Oct. 11, 2019 NAMI North Carolina Conference
Oct. 9, 2019 2019 NC Association of People Supporting Employment Conference
Oct. 7, 2019 North Carolina Providers Council Conference
Aug. 13, 2019 State Re-entry Council Collaborative
June 10, 2019 i2i Spring Conference
May 1, 2019 NC TIDE Presentation
April 12, 2019 Clinical Update Conference Presentation
April 4, 2019 NCACDSS Presentation
April 3, 2019 NCARF Medicaid Managed Care Update Presentation
March 22, 2019 Addictions Medicine Conference Presentation