OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN RESOURCES

Vanessa Walker-Harris

Location:
1111 East Broad Street, 4th Floor
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Tel. (804) 786-7765
Purpose:
The Secretary of Health and Human Resources oversees twelve state agencies which provide often vital services to Virginians. Individuals with disabilities, the aging community, low-income working families, children, caregivers and the provider network are supported through the work of this Secretariat. In addition, our agencies license health practitioners and ensure safe drinking water in the Commonwealth.
Secretary Vanessa Walker-Harris
Former Secretary Daniel Carey
Deputy Secretary Catherine Finley
Assistant Secretary Corey Pleasants
Executive Assistant Jennifer Bean
Advisor on Childhood Trauma & Resiliency Chidimma Uche
Communications Director and Policy Director Rachel Becker
Special Assistant for Constituent Services Dorothy "Dot" Swann
Assistive Technology Loan Fund Authority
Location:
1602 Rolling Hills Drive, Suite 107
Richmond, Virginia 23229
Tel. (866) 835-5976 Fax (804) 662-9533
Code Reference:
§ 51.5-57
Purpose:
To administer and manage the Assistive Technology Loan Fund Authority. The Fund shall be used to provide loans to individuals with disabilities within the Commonwealth for the purpose of acquiring assistive technology, other equipment, or other authorized
Web Site:
Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services
Location:
8004 Franklin Farms Drive
Henrico, Virginia 23229
Tel. (804) 662-7000
Code Reference:
§ 51.5-117
Purpose:
To ensure effective programs and services, and to improve coordination of these programs and services, for citizens of the Commonwealth who, for reasons of age, disability, or other physical factors, face challenges in living independently in the community and accessing the full range of programs and services to help them achieve independence and an improved quality of life
Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired
Location:
397 Azalea Avenue
Richmond, Virginia 23227
Tel. (804) 371-3140 ? Fax (804) 371-3157
Code Reference:
§ 51.5-118
Purpose:
Cooperating with the federal government in carrying out the provisions and purposes of the federal Rehabilitation Act and is empowered and directed to cooperate with the federal government in the administration of such act, to prescribe and provide services as may be necessary for the rehabilitation of persons with disabilities, to provide for the supervision of such services, and to disburse and administer federal funds provided for the rehabilitation of such persons.
Department for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing
Location:
Ratcliffe Building
1602 Rolling Hills Drive, Suite 203
Henrico, Virginia 23229
Tel./TDD (804) 662-9502
Code Reference:
§ 51.5-108
Purpose:
To function as a communication bridge between deaf and hearing people, and help provide an environment in which deaf persons of all ages have an equal opportunity to participate fully as active, responsible, and independent citizens of the Commonwealth.
Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services
Location:
Thomas Jefferson Building
1220 Bank Street, 13th Floor
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Tel. (804) 786-3921
Code Reference:
§ 37.2-300
Purpose:
To provide a comprehensive system of services that is responsive to the mental health, intellectual disability, and substance abuse services to address the needs of the citizens of the Commonwealth.
Department of Health Professions
Location:
Perimeter Center
9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300
Henrico, Virginia 23233-1463
Tel. (804) 367-4400 ? Fax (804) 527-4475
Code Reference:
§ 54.1-2501
Purpose:
To ensure competent and qualified health practitioners delivering services to citizens in the Commonwealth
Department of Medical Assistance Services
Location:
600 East Broad Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Tel. (804) 786-7933
Code Reference:
§ 32.1-323
Purpose:
To ensure that the categorically and medically needy citizens of the Commonwealth have financial access to a cost effective, comprehensive health care delivery system, consistent with the appropriation authorized by the General Assembly
Department of Social Services
Location:
801 East Main Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Tel. (804) 726-7000
SNAP Hotline (800) 552-3431
Code Reference:
§ 63.2-200
Purpose:
To provide an effective public assistance and social services system to meet the basic needs of less fortunate citizens in their home communities whenever possible, and assist them, to the extent that their capabilities allow, to become self-sufficient and self-supporting.

Office of Children's Services
Location:
1604 Santa Rosa Road Suite 137
Richmond, Virginia 23229
Tel. (804) 662-9815
Fax (804) 662-9831
Code Reference:
§ 2.2-2649
Purpose:
The Children's Services Act (CSA) is now the name for a law enacted in 1993 that establishes a single state pool of funds to purchase services for at- risk youth and their families. The state funds, combined with local community funds, are managed by local interagency teams who plan and oversee services to youth. The mission of the CSA is to create a collaborative system of services and funding that is child-centered, family-focused and community-based when addressing the strengths and needs of troubled and at-risk youth and their families in the Commonwealth.
Virginia Board for People With Disabilities
Location:
Washington Building
1100 Bank Street, 7th Floor
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Tel. (804) 786-0016
TTY (800) 846-4464
Code Reference:
§ 51.5-31
Purpose:
To advise the Secretary of Health and Human Resources and the Governor on issues and problems of interest to persons with disabilities; and serve as the state planning council for administration of certain federal public health and welfare laws.

Virginia Department of Health
Location:
109 Governor�s Street
Post Office Box 2448
Richmond, Virginia 23218
Tel. (804) 864-7001
Code Reference:
§ 32.1-16
Purpose:
To promote a state of optimum health for all citizens of Virginia; assume primary responsibility for providing preventive, curative, protective, and environmental health services when the private sector declines or is unable to provide such services; and carry out other responsibilities and duties specifically assigned by action of the General Assembly of Virginia and by local governing bodies.
Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth
Location:
701 East Franklin Street, Suite 500
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Tel (804) 786-2523 ? Fax (804) 225-2272
Code Reference:
§ 32.1-355
Purpose:
To lead statewide efforts to reduce and prevent youth tobacco use and childhood obesity.
Rare Disease Council
Code:
§ 32.1-73.14
Purpose:
There is hereby created in the executive branch of state government the Rare Disease Council (the Council) for the purpose of (i) advising the Governor and the General Assembly on the needs of individuals with rare diseases in the Commonwealth; (ii) identifying challenges that such individuals face, including delays in obtaining a diagnosis or the receipt of a misdiagnosis, shortages of medical specialists who can provide treatment, and lack of access to therapies and medication used to treat rare diseases; (iii) funding research related to rare diseases and the development of new treatments for rare diseases; and (iv) funding for supports for persons with rare diseases in the Commonwealth.
Composition:
The Council shall have a total membership of 21 members that shall consist of 18 nonlegislative citizen members and three ex officio members. The Governor shall appoint a chairman and vice-chairman who shall be residents of the Commonwealth and shall not be employed by any federal or state government. Nonlegislative citizen members shall be appointed by the Governor and shall include, in addition to the chairman and the vice-chairman, one representative from an academic research institution in the Commonwealth that receives any grant funding for rare disease research; one geneticist licensed and currently practicing in the Commonwealth; one registered nurse or advanced practice registered nurse licensed and currently practicing in the Commonwealth, with experience in treating rare diseases; two physicians with expertise in rare diseases who are licensed and currently practicing medicine in the Commonwealth; one hospital administrator, or his designee, from a hospital in the Commonwealth that provides care to persons diagnosed with rare diseases; two persons who are 18 years of age or older who have been diagnosed with a rare disease; two caregivers of persons with a rare disease; two representatives of rare disease patient organizations operating in the Commonwealth; one licensed pharmacist with experience with drugs used to treat rare diseases; one representative from the biopharmaceutical industry; one representative from health plan companies; and one member from the scientific community who is engaged in rare disease research, which may include a medical researcher with experience conducting research on rare diseases. The Commissioner of Health, the Director of the Department of Medical Assistance Services, and the Superintendent of Public Instruction, or their designees, shall serve ex officio with nonvoting privileges. Ex officio members of the Council shall serve terms coincident with their terms of office.

Nonlegislative citizen members of the Council shall be citizens of the Commonwealth. Appointments to fill vacancies, other than by expiration of a term, shall be for the unexpired terms. Vacancies shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointments. After the initial staggering of terms, nonlegislative citizen members shall be appointed for a term of three years. Ex officio members of the Council shall serve terms coincident with their terms of office. Appointments to fill vacancies, other than by expiration of a term, shall be for the unexpired terms. Vacancies shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointments. After the initial staggering of terms, nonlegislative citizen members shall be appointed for a term of four years.
Gubernatorial Appointees:
  • Term Expires
  • Peter Kasson6/30/2025
  • Rebecca V. Goldbach6/30/2022
  • Shannon L. Mcneil6/30/2022
  • Megan O'boyle6/30/2022
  • Richard S. Nicholas6/30/2023
  • Susan Klees6/30/2024
  • Maureen E. Dempsey6/30/2024
  • Stephen S. Rich6/30/2025
  • Samantha A. Vergano6/30/2025
  • Sarah C. Paciulli6/30/2023
  • Tiffany Kimbrough6/30/2025
  • Stephen Green6/30/2025
  • Gregory J. Josephs6/30/2022
  • Ijeoma Azubuko6/30/2022
  • Holly Kearl6/30/2022
Advisory Board on Service and Volunteerism
Location:
Virginia Office on Volunteerism and Community Services
801 East Main Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Tel. (804) 726-7065
Code:
§ 2.2-2478
Purpose:
The Advisory Board on Service and Volunteerism (the Board) is established as an advisory board, within the meaning of ' 2.2-2100, in the executive branch of state government to advise the Governor and Cabinet Secretaries on matters related to promotion and development of national service in the Commonwealth and to meet the provisions of the federal National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993.

Composition:
The Board shall consist of no more than twenty nonlegislative citizen members, to be appointed by the Governor from the Commonwealth at large. Nonlegislative citizen members appointed to the Board shall be selected for their knowledge of, background in, or experience with the community and volunteer services sector and in accordance with guidelines provided in the National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993. The Governor may appoint additional persons, at his discretion, as nonvoting members.

Term:
Nonlegislative citizen members shall be appointed for terms of three years. Appointments to fill vacancies shall be for the unexpired terms. No nonlegislative citizen member shall be eligible to serve more than two successive three-year terms; however, after the expiration of the remainder of a term to which a member was appointed to fill a vacancy, two additional terms may be served by such member if appointed thereto.
Gubernatorial Appointees:
  • Term Expires
  • Cynthia M. Downs Taylor6/30/2024
  • Zachary Elias Leonsis6/30/2024
  • Enid Mpumwire-Machayo6/30/2024
  • James M. Seagraves6/30/2024
  • Jessica M. Bowser6/30/2024
  • Lorna E. Campbell Clarke6/30/2024
  • Peppy Linden6/30/2024
  • Sheila A. Williamson-Branch6/30/2024
  • Julie M. Strandlie6/30/2024
  • James Underwood6/30/2021
  • 6/30/2021
  • Vanessa Diamond6/30/2024
  • Mark Fero6/30/2024
  • Bryan R. Pearce-Gonzales6/30/2024
  • Priscilla Mart�nez6/30/2024
  • Naquetta N. Mitchell6/30/2024
  • Lily K. Beres6/30/2022
  • Clifford L. Yee6/30/2024
  • Elizabeth B. Childress6/30/2024
  • Naila Alam6/30/2024
State Executive Council for Children's Services
Location:
The Office of Children's Services
1604 Santa Rosa Road Suite 137
Richmond, Virginia 23229
Tel. (804) 662-9815
Fax (804) 662-9831
Code:
§ 2.2-2648
Purpose:
The purpose of the State Executive Council for Children's Services is to provide for the establishment of interagency programmatic and fiscal policies developed by the state management team, which support the purposes of this chapter, through the promulgation of regulations by the participating state boards or by administrative action, as appropriate; oversee the administration of state interagency policies governing the use, distribution, and monitoring of moneys in the state pool of funds and the state trust fund; and advise the Governor and the appropriate Cabinet Secretaries on proposed policy and operation changes which facilitate interagency service development and implementation, communication, and cooperation.
Composition:
The Council shall consist of one member of the House of Delegates to be appointed by the Speaker of the House and one member of the Senate to be appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules; the Commissioners of Health, of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, and of Social Services; the Superintendent of Public Instruction; the Executive Secretary of the Virginia Supreme Court; the Director of the Department of Juvenile Justice; the Director of the Department of Medical Assistance Services; a juvenile and domestic relations district court judge, to be appointed by the Governor and serve as an ex officio nonvoting member; the chairman of the state and local advisory team established in ' 2.2-5201; five local government representatives chosen from members of a county board of supervisors or a city council and a county administrator or city manager, to be appointed by the Governor; two private provider representatives from facilities that maintain membership in an association of providers for children's or family services and receives funding as authorized by the Children's Services Act (' 2.2-5200 et seq.), to be appointed by the Governor, who may appoint from nominees recommended by the Virginia Coalition of Private Provider Associations; a representative who has previously received services through the Children's Services Act, to be appointed by the Governor with recommendations from entities including the Departments of Education and Social Services and the Virginia Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness; and two parent representatives.
Term:
The parent representatives shall be appointed by the Governor for a term not to exceed three years and neither shall be an employee of any public or private program that serves children and families. The Governor's appointments shall be for a term not to exceed three years and shall be limited to no more than two consecutive terms, beginning with appointments after July 1, 2009. Legislative members and ex officio members of the Council shall serve terms coincident with their terms of office. Appointments to fill vacancies, other than by expiration of a term, shall be for the unexpired terms. Vacancies shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointments. Legislative members shall not be included for the purposes of constituting a quorum.
Senate Members:
  • The Honorable T. Montgomery 'Monty' Mason
House Members:
  • The Honorable Elizabeth R. Guzman
Gubernatorial Appointees:
  • Term Expires
  • Jessica J. Stern6/30/2022
  • Frank W. Somerville6/30/2023
  • Sophia V. Booker6/30/2022
  • Dalia Palchik6/30/2024
  • Ronald K. Spears6/30/2024
  • Michelle G. Johnson6/30/2024
  • Margaret Franklin6/30/2024
  • Amanda N. Stanley6/30/2024
  • Willie T. Greene6/30/2024
  • Andelicia M. Neville6/30/2022
  • Eric D. Campbell6/30/2024
Ex Officio Members:
  • M. Norman Oliver, Commissioner of Health
  • Alison G. Land, Commissioner, Dept. of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services
  • S. Duke Storen, Commissioner, Department of Social Services
  • James F. Lane, Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • The Honorable Karl R. Hade, Executive Secretary, Supreme Court of Virginia
  • Valerie Boykin, Director, Dept. of Juvenile Justice
  • Karen Kimsey, Director, Department of Medical Assistance Services
  • The Honorable William A. Hazel Jr.,
  • The Honorable Vanessa Walker Harris , M.D., Secretary of Health and Human Resources
Advisory Council on PANDAS & PANS
Location:
Virginia Department of Health
109 Governor Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Tel. (804) 864-7000
Code:
§ 32.1-73.9
Purpose:
here is hereby created in the executive branch of state government the Advisory Council on Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections and Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (the Advisory Council), for the purpose of advising the Commissioner of Health on research, diagnosis, treatment, and education relating to pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcal infections and pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome.
Composition:
The Advisory Council shall have a total membership of sixteen members that shall consist of six legislative members, nine nonlegislative citizen members, and one ex officio member. Members shall be appointed as follows: four members of the House of Delegates to be appointed by the Speaker of the House of Delegates in accordance with the principles of proportional representation contained in the Rules of the House of Delegates; two members of the Senate to be appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules; and the following nine nonlegislative citizen members to be appointed by the Governor: one licensed health care provider who has expertise in treating persons with pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcal infections and pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome and autism; one pediatrician who has experience treating persons with pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcal infections and pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome; one child psychiatrist who has experience treating persons with pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcal infections and pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome; one immunologist with experience in treating persons with pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcal infections and pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome and the use of intravenous immunoglobulin; one medical researcher with experience conducting research concerning pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcal infections and pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome, obsessive-compulsive disorder, tic disorder, and other neurological disorders; one representative of a professional organization for school nurses in the Commonwealth; one representative of an advocacy and support group for individuals affected by pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcal infections and pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome; one representative of an advocacy and support group for individuals affected by autism; and one parent of a child who has been diagnosed with pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcal infections and pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome and autism. The Commissioner of Health or his designee shall serve ex officio without voting privileges. Nonlegislative members shall be citizens of the Commonwealth.
Term:
Legislative members and the ex officio member of the Advisory Council shall serve terms coincident with their terms of office. Nonlegislative members shall be appointed for terms of two years. Appointments to fill vacancies, other than by expiration of a term, shall be for the unexpired terms. Vacancies shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointments. All members may be reappointed.
Senate Members:
  • The Honorable George L. Barker
  • The Honorable David R. Suetterlein
House Members:
  • The Honorable Danica A. Roem
  • The Honorable Joshua G. Cole
  • The Honorable Shelly A. Simonds
  • The Honorable Roxann L. Robinson
Gubernatorial Appointees:
  • Term Expires
  • David J. Jaffe6/30/2023
  • Melissa B. Nelson6/30/2023
  • Aradhana B. Sood6/30/2023
  • Wei Zhao6/30/2023
  • Susan E. Swedo6/30/2023
  • Megan H. Bonfili6/30/2023
  • Christina M. Teague6/30/2023
  • Teresa L. Champion6/30/2023
  • Stefanie Marie Levensalor6/30/2023
Ex Officio Members:
  • M. Norman Oliver, Commissioner of Health
Henrietta Lacks Commission
Code:
§ 2.2-2537
Purpose:
The Henrietta Lacks Commission (the Commission) is established as an advisory commission in the executive branch of state government. The purpose of the Commission is to sustain the legacy of the life-changing contribution of Henrietta Lacks to medical science by advancing cancer research and treatment through the creation of a biomedical research and data center.
Composition:
The Commission shall consist of nine members that include two legislative members, three nonlegislative citizen members, and four ex officio members. Members shall be appointed as follows: one member of the House of Delegates to be appointed by the Speaker of the House of Delegates in accordance with the principles of proportional representation contained in the Rules of the House of Delegates; one member of the Senate to be appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules; and one nonlegislative citizen member who is a member of the extended family of Henrietta Lacks, one nonlegislative citizen member who is a member of the Board of Directors of the Henrietta Lacks Legacy Group, and one nonlegislative citizen member who is a member of the Halifax County Industrial Development Authority to be appointed by the Governor. The mayor of the Town of South Boston, the chair of the Board of Supervisors of Halifax County, the Executive Director of the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center, and the Executive Director of the Halifax County Industrial Development Authority, or their designees, shall serve ex officio with voting privileges. Nonlegislative citizen members of the Commission shall be citizens of the Commonwealth.

Legislative members and ex officio members of the Commission shall serve terms coincident with their terms of office. Nonlegislative citizen members shall be appointed for a term of two years. Appointments to fill vacancies, other than by expiration of a term, shall be for the unexpired terms. Legislative members and nonlegislative citizen members may be reappointed. However, no nonlegislative citizen member shall serve more than four consecutive two-year terms. The remainder of any term to which a member is appointed to fill a vacancy shall not constitute a term in determining the member's eligibility for reappointment. Vacancies shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointments.
Term:
Legislative members and ex officio members of the Commission shall serve terms coincident with their terms of office. Nonlegislative citizen members shall be appointed for a term of two years. No nonlegislative citizen member shall serve more than four consecutive two-year terms.
Senate Members:
  • The Honorable William M. Stanley Jr.
House Members:
  • The Honorable Marcia 'Cia' S. Price
Gubernatorial Appointees:
  • Term Expires
  • Jeri Lacks Whye6/30/2022
  • Adele S. Newson-Horst6/30/2022
  • Nettie Simon-Owens6/30/2022
Ex Officio Members:
  • Executive Director, Executive Director, Southern Virginia Higher Education Center
  • Executive Director, Executive Director, Halifax County Industrial Development Authority
  • Mayor, Mayor, Town of South Boston
  • Chair, Chair, Halifax County Board of Supervisors

Information accurate as of December 2021