The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is an office of the Executive Branch of State Government and is led by a Director appointed by the Governor. The Director also serves in an advisory capacity as a Member of the Governor’s Cabinet. DHHS is one of the largest departments in state government comprised of five Divisions including: Aging and Disability Services, Child and Family Services, Health Care Financing and Policy (Medicaid), Public and Behavioral Health, and Welfare and Supportive Services. There are over 5,200 employees who work in the department statewide which serves as the state’s social safety net.
DHHS has a legislatively approved budget of over $7.4 billion in fiscal year 2014 and 2015; split 60%/30%between federal and state funding. The total DHHS budget represents nearly one third of the entire state budget. The largest expense incurred by the Department is the payment to Medicaid providers for submitted claims.
DHHS is also responsible for several critical programs managed through the Director’s Office such as the Office of Consumer Health Assistance, the Tribal Liaison Office, the Public Defender Office, and the Grants Management Unit.
The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) promotes the health and well-being of Nevadans through the delivery or facilitation of essential services to ensure families are strengthened, public health is protected, and individuals achieve their highest level of self-sufficiency.
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