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Kathy H. Kliebert, Secretary

Kathy Kliebert currently serves as the Secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals. Prior to this appointment, Kliebert held the position of Deputy Secretary, where she supervised a number of offices including the Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities, Office of Behavioral Health, Office of Public Health, and Office of Aging and Adult Services. She also served as the coordinator for DHH's Human Services Interagency Council (HSIC) working with the local governing entities that provide developmental disability and behavioral health services.

Kliebert previously served as Assistant Secretary of the Office of Behavioral Health where she oversaw the transition of combining the offices of mental health and addictive disorders to better serve Louisianians in need. Prior to that appointment, Kliebert served as assistant secretary for the Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD) since 2004 where she successfully led a multi-year transition to move individuals out of institutions into community-based services, reducing the institution population by more than 26 percent.

Prior to taking her role as assistant secretary of OCDD, Kliebert served as diversification director of the Metropolitan/Peltier-Lawless Development Centers in New Orleans and Thibodaux where she led the expansion of community-based options for people with developmental disabilities. She has 21 years of experience as a licensed clinical social worker and has a master's degree in social work. She also serves as Secretary of the Louisiana Educational Television Board.

The Secretary provides leadership and technical support services, while maximizing resources, in order to fulfill the mission of the Department. The following report directly to the Secretary:

Deputy Secretary serves as the chief operating officer of DHH and acts as spokesperson for the department in the absence of the Secretary. She is the coordinator for DHH's Regional Coordinating Councils and oversees the coordination and implementation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).

Undersecretary oversees the State Medicaid program, as well as eight administrative divisions with departmental responsibilities for budget preparation, financial planning, purchasing, personnel, accounting, data processing and development of strategic and operational plans.

State Health Officer serves as the Department's top medical official. The medical director is responsible for medical consultation on a variety of health care policy issues, including health care programs, quality of care and access to vital health-related services. The medical director also serves as the Department's liaison with medical, nursing, pharmacy, and allied health professionals as well as with professional associations and organizations throughout the state.

Office of Public Health develops, provides and assures public and environmental health services to protect and enhance the health of Louisiana citizens. Now functioning under the Office of Public Health, the Bureau of Primary Care and Rural Health works to support the development of health care in underserved areas of the state by identifying resources to improve the health services, fostering networks of care and recruiting health care professionals.

Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports develops, fosters and coordinates services and sports for the people of Louisiana.

Minority Health Access and Promotions  facilitates the collection, analysis, dissemination and access to information relating to minority health issues.

External Relations efforts are led by the Bureau of Media and Communications (BMAC) and the Legislative and Governmental Relations (LGR) section of the Office of the Secretary.

Bureau of Legal Services provides a complete range of legal assistance to DHH, its programs and facilities.