Rhode Island: Medicaid Director Resigns

Rhode Island’s top Medicaid official, Deidre Gifford, is leaving her position at the end of October, as the State’s Medicaid reform initiatives move forward. Gifford has been in the job since 2014, during which time she oversaw Rhode Island’s expansion of Medicaid. A successor has not yet been named.

Virginia: Top Mental Health Officer Accepts Policy Position in Governor’s Office

Debra Ferguson will leave her position on October 20 as the Commissioner of the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) to become a Senior Policy Advisor to Governor Terry McAuliffe (R). Jack Barber, DBHDS’s Medical Director, will serve as Interim Commissioner.