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
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.