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Helen Wolstenholme

Helen Wolstenholme

Helen Wolstenholme became the Director of DHHS’ Division of State Operated Healthcare Facilities (DSOHF) in January 2019. As the Division Director, she oversees the 14 facilities that treat adults and children with mental illness, developmental disabilities, substance use disorders, and neuro-cognitive skilled nursing needs. The Division has a staff of over 10,500 and serves more than 2,500 individuals every day.

Prior to becoming Director, Wolstenholme served as the Interim Director of DSOHF, its Chief Operating Officer, and as the Assistant Director for the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Centers. She has 28 years of county and state experience in a variety of roles, beginning as a clinical therapist, then moving into leadership roles on the local level and most recently with DHHS’ Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services Assistance (DMH/DD/SAS) and DSOHF.

A Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist, Wolstenholme has an unwavering commitment to those DHHS serves and a unique knowledge at the nexus of policy, operations and actual service delivery on the community and facility level.

Born and raised in England, Wolstenholme earned her Bachelor of Arts in Law from the University of Keele in England, a Master of Arts in American Studies at Bowling Green State University, and a Master of Social Work from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.