Dave Richard

Dave Richard

Dave Richard is the Deputy Secretary for Medicaid, where he leads North Carolina’s $14 billion Medicaid and NC Health Choice programs for DHHS.

Richard’s vision for Medicaid is to ensure a sustainable, person-centered and innovative Medicaid program for more than 2 million North Carolinians who use Medicaid. As the programs undergo transformation to even better fit the needs of the state’s residents, he is committed to improving the health and well-being of all residents by working closely with Medicaid stakeholders.

Prior to leading Medicaid, Richard was the Deputy Secretary for DHHS Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Services and the State Operated Healthcare Facilities divisions. He joined DHHS in May 2013 as the Director of the Division of Mental Health, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services.

Richard had previously led The Arc of North Carolina, an advocacy and service organization for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, as its Executive Director for 24 years.

Richard has a bachelor’s degree in education from Louisiana State University.