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DSHS Announces Major Leadership Reorganization

OLYMPIA – Department of Social and Health Services Secretary Kevin W. Quigley has announced a reorganization of the Department’s leadership team to better align management responsibilities to improve service delivery.

“Gov. Inslee has made it clear that we need to do more to meet our obligations to children and families in Washington,” Quigley said. “This realignment of leadership and accountability will help the Department meet its broad and complex responsibilities while following the governor’s direction that state government must operate more efficiently and produce measurable results.”

Quigley has directed that the responsibilities of the Department’s current Aging and Disability Services Administration (ADSA) be assigned to three smaller administrations whose leadership can focus as a team on the specific needs of people served by the Department while responding to those needs across systems. He illustrated the need to focus management responsibilities by pointing out that the budget for ADSA’s current Division of Developmental Disabilities alone would constitute the third-largest agency in all of state government.

Jane Beyer, the current ADSA assistant secretary, will lead the new Behavioral Health and Service Integration Administration. Kathy Leitch, a former ADSA assistant secretary, will lead the new Developmental Disabilities Services Administration as acting assistant secretary. Bill Moss, the current ADSA deputy assistant secretary, will lead the new Aging and Long-term Support Administration as acting assistant secretary.

Leitch is a nationally recognized administrator with more than 30 years of experience. Her leadership has helped make Washington a national leader in the development of home- and community-based systems that meet the needs of vulnerable adults.

Moss has worked for the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services for 20 years. Before becoming Deputy Assistant Secretary, he served as the ADSA Home and Community Services Division Director. He also has field experience as HCS Deputy Regional Administrator.

“It is a major objective that the reorganization be seamless for our partners, customers and employees, without any change in the services, partnerships and relationships that currently exist,” Quigley said.

Quigley has directed the reorganization be accomplished with existing resources, other than the addition of the new assistant secretaries themselves.

“Behavioral health is a key element in health care reform, one of Gov. Inslee’s top priorities,” Quigley said, “and the demographic wave rolling in as the Baby Boomer generation enters retirement will demand increasing attention to issues of aging, in addition to our ongoing commitment to serve people with developmental disabilities, traumatic brain injury and other physical disabilities.”

Quigley also announced other changes in the DSHS leadership team.

The chief of staff position will be replaced with an assistant secretary for Administration and External Relations. Pat Lashway will serve in that role.

Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration Assistant Secretary John Clayton has agreed to accept expanded responsibilities that include the Special Commitment Center, the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and the Office of Juvenile Justice. With these expanded duties, Clayton’s new title will be Assistant Secretary for Juvenile Justice and Rehabilitation.

Colleen Yamaguchi will be the interim senior director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. In her private practice, she specializes in leadership and professional development. She is the program director for the Leadership Navigation Program for the Executive Development Institute, a non-profit organization that provides culturally tailored leadership development programs for Asian Pacific and Hispanic emerging and experienced leaders.

“I am delighted to have a talented and experienced slate of leaders willing to take on these challenging new roles,” Quigley said. 

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