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Mike Willden, Director
Department of Health and Human Services

 Mike WildenMike Willden has served as Director of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) since July 2001, first appointed by Governor Kenny Guinn, reappointed by Governor Jim Gibbons, and appointed again by Governor Brian Sandoval. He is responsible for oversight of the largest department in Nevada state government, with approximately 5200 employees and 29% of the budget.

The divisions within DHHS include Aging and Disability Services, Child and Family Services, the Health Division, Health Care Financing and Policy (Medicaid), Mental Health and Developmental Services, Welfare and Supportive Services, and the Office of the Public Defender. Major programs within the Directorís Office include the Governorís Office of Consumer Health Assistance, Office of Minority Health, Office of Suicide Prevention, and the Grants Management Unit.

Mike has been recognized for his advocacy in human services by many organizations, including: Nevada Disability Advocacy and Law Centers (2004); National Association of Social Workers, Nevada Chapter, 2005 Community Advocate of the Year; and by the Foundation for an Independent Tomorrow (2005 Citizen of Distinction).

He has been appointed to serve on many boards and commissions, including the Welfare Reform Task Force, Child Care Advisory Board, Early Intervention Interagency Coordinating Council, Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, Commission on Aging, Governorís Statewide Work Investment Board, Certified Public Managerís Advisory Board, and the Nevada Academy of Health Steering Committee.

Prior to his appointment as Department Director, Mike was the State Welfare Administrator and worked in that agency in different capacities for 25 years, beginning his career at DHHS as a case worker.

A native Nevadan, Mike earned a degree in Business Administration from Southern Utah University.




Medical Assistance:
Check Up
Senior Rx
Disability Rx
Nevada Health Centers
Health Access Washoe County
Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada
Food Assistance:
SNAP (Food Stamps)
  WIC (Women, Infants & Children)
Food Bank of Northern Nevada
Three Square
Financial Assistance:
TANF (Temporary    Assistance for Needy Families)
Child Support Enforcement
Senior Tax Assistance
Energy Assistance Program
Child Care Assistance
Free Tax Return Preparation



Presentation to the Legislative Committee on Health Care April 9, 2014 (pdf)

ACA Presentation to BOE March 18, 2014 (pdf)

ACA Implementation Update for LCB
November 21, 2013

Medicaid/HP Presentation Oct. 24, 2013 (pdf)

Presentation to NAMI October 18, 2013

Health Care Reform and Medicaid Expansion Presentation Oct. 15, 2013 (pdf)

Integration Information

Presentation to ADSD Conference Sept. 26, 2013 (pptx)

Las Vegas Townhall Changes to Medicaid Presentation 9/14/13 (pdf)

Presentation to the Nevada Hospital Association
Sept. 5, 2013

June 13 & 14, 2013, Health Link Summit Presentation (pdf)

Food Security in NV Action Plan (pdf)

DHHS Frequently Used Acronyms (pdf)
FY14-15 Budget Information
Medicaid Fact Book
  Welfare Fact Book
Nassir Notes (pdf)
DHHS Budget Overview and ACA/Medicaid Expansion Presentation (pdf)
Public Records Request Policy (pdf)

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Carson City, NV 89706-2009

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