About the Secretary of Health & Mental Hygiene
Appointed by the Governor with Senate advice and consent, the Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene is responsible for the functions of the Department. The Secretary also directs and coordinates numerous boards, commissions, and citizen advisory groups.
The Secretary serves on the Governor's Executive Council; the Governor's Subcabinet for Children, Youth, and Families; the Advisory Committee for Children, Youth, and Families; the Governor's Council on Adolescent Pregnancy; the Cabinet Council on Criminal and Juvenile Justice; and the Governor's Pesticide Council. The Secretary also serves on the Medical Assistance Advisory Committee; the State Health Resources Planning Commission; the Domicilary Care Facilities Board; the State Commission on Infant Mortality Prevention; the State Information Technology Board; the Interagency Committee on Aging Services; and the Interdepartmental Advisory Committee for Minority Affairs.
Under the Secretary are four Deputy Secretaries. Each has a specific area of responsibility: Health Care Policy, Finance, & Regulation; Operations; Public Health Services; and Behavioral Health & Disabilities.