I hope you are all doing well and staying healthy! I wanted to update you all on an upcoming change to DHS’ leadership team.
Office of Long-Term Living Deputy Secretary Kevin Hancock’s last day at DHS will be Friday, June 12. Kevin has been an incredible leader and advocate at DHS, overseeing a major system transformation through the successful implementation of Community HealthChoices. CHC is both modernizing service delivery for people who rely on Medicaid for long-term services and supports and making the system more sustainable by creating more opportunity for innovation. This program’s initial successes are a testament to Kevin’s leadership and the dedication and skill of the entire OLTL team. CHC is a true success story, and I want to thank Kevin for everything he did to make this possible.
Jamie Buchenauer, who currently serves as Director of the Bureau of Fee-for-Service Programs in the Office of Medical Assistance Programs, will move into OLTL’s Deputy Secretary role on Monday, June 15. Jamie has held this position since August 2015 and has held numerous roles in state government at the Department of Health, the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency, and the General Assembly and outside state government with the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.
Jamie brings a diverse experience both with DHS and other areas of health policy, and I am confident that she will continue to build on the strong foundation built by Kevin and the OLTL team.
I hope you will join me in welcoming Jamie to this new role and wishing Kevin luck!