– Kansas Governor Sam
Brownback announced Friday he has chosen licensed social worker and former state
legislator Phyllis Gilmore to serve as the administration’s Secretary of the
soon to be named Department for Children and Families.
“As our state’s
health and human services agencies transition into new roles, it was important
for us to find someone who is experienced in family and children-related issues
and understands the many challenges our state's most vulnerable citizens face,"
Gov. Brownback said. "Phyllis shares our passion to improve our great state and
to reduce the number of Kansas children living in poverty.”
Gilmore has served as
the executive director of the Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board
(BSRB), based in Topeka, for more than 11 years. The BSRB licenses and regulates
most of the mental health professionals in Kansas. She served as a member of the
Kansas House of Representatives from 1994-2000 representing Johnson County. Her
private sector experience is primarily within the areas of adoption and health
care. Gilmore is a licensed specialist in clinical social work with a master’s
degree in social work from Washington University in St. Louis.
“I am honored to have
this opportunity to serve the families and children of our state and to work
with Governor Brownback and Lt. Gov. Colyer on improving the lives of Kansans,”
released his executive reorganization order to implement his strategic
realignment of the state’s Medicaid agencies today.
“When Dr. Colyer and
I took office, the state’s Medicaid system was spread across four state
agencies, service was highly fragmented and communication between agencies was a
challenge,” Brownback said. “This reorganization will bring those fragmented
services together so we may improve the health outcomes of vulnerable Kansans
and transform the program so it will be sustainable for years to
Department of Health and Environment Division of Health Care Finance will
consolidate the financing arm of Medicaid. The former Department on Aging will
become the Department for Aging and Disability Services, consolidating all
disability waiver and mental health services from the Department of Social and
Rehabilitative Services (SRS) into one agency that will manage the programmatic
functions of Medicaid. This reorganization also will transition SRS into the
new Department for Children and Families which will focus, in a targeted way, on
child and family welfare issues.
sign and deliver the ERO to the Kansas Legislature on Monday, February
6th. If neither chamber rejects the ERO within 60 days of receiving
it, it will go into effect on July 1, 2012.