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Richard Whitley, MS, Administrator
Health Division

Richard Whitley has been appointed as Acting Administrator for the Nevada Division of Mental Health and Development Services, as of October 1, 2011. Whitley will continue his role as Administrator of the Nevada State Health Division.

The Division of Mental Health and Developmental Services oversees a public and private network of programs involving mental health, substance abuse and developmental disabilities, as well as, operating the Rawson-Neal (Las Vegas) and Dini-Townsend (Reno/Sparks) Psychiatric Hospitals, and Lake’s Crossing Center forensic facility.

As Administrator of the Health Division, he is directly responsible for promoting and protecting the health of all Nevadans and visitors to the state through proactive leadership in public health initiatives, coupled with enforcement of the public health laws and regulations. The responsibilities also involve aggressive measures as may be necessary to prevent the spread of sickness and disease through surveillance, intervention, and education, to include public health preparedness. The Health Division Administrator also serves as Secretary to the Nevada State Board of Health.

Whitley began state service as the senior psychologist for the Women’s Correctional Facility in 1986. He holds a baccalaureate degree from Willamette University, Oregon and a Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from Western Oregon University.



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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
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Nassir Notes (pdf)
DHHS Budget Overview and ACA/Medicaid Expansion Presentation (pdf)
Public Records Request Policy (pdf)

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