Mark Benton

Mark Benton is the Deputy Secretary for Health Services at DHHS. He is responsibile for overseeing the Divisions of Public Health, Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services and Health Services Regulation. He also oversees the Offices of Rural Health, Minority Health and Health Disparities, and the Division of State-Operated Healthcare Facilities, which includes 14 facilities that treat and offer support to adults and children with mental illness, developmental disabilities, substance use disorders and neuro-medical needs.

Prior to accepting his appointment as Deputy Secretary, Mark was the co-owner and founding partner of The Paratum Group, LLC, a Raleigh-based healthcare consulting firm. He was also the former chief operating officer and acting president for N.C. Community Care Networks, a non-profit organization that provides care coordination and population health management to the state's Medicaid recipients and other insured and uninsured residents. He has also served as the senior program officer with the Milbank Memorial Fund, working with a bipartisan group of senior health policymakers across the U.S. and abroad.

Mark previously worked for 18 years at DHHS. Key leadership positions included: deputy director and director of the state’s Medicaid and SCHIP programs; assistant director and chief of planning for the state’s health care licensure/regulatory agency; and senior health care policy analyst to the secretary.

Mark received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Mount Olive.