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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 9, 2008

 

Contact: Clay Butcher (907) 269-7867, cell (907) 351-2778

    Susan Morgan (907) 269-4996, cell (907) 632-6107

 

Hefley appointed as Deputy Commissioner of Family, Community, and Integrated Services

 

(Anchorage, AK) — Alaska Health and Social Services (DHSS) Commissioner Bill Hogan today announced Patrick Hefley has been appointed Deputy Commissioner of Family, Community, and Integrated Services.

 

“Patrick has extensive experience in behavioral and community health,” Hogan said. “We can’t wait to put his expertise to use as we work to create safe and healthy communities for Alaskans.”

 

Hefley has worked for nearly two decades as the Director of the Behavioral Health Services Division for the SouthEast Regional Health Consortium. He has also served as the Director of Health and Social Services for the Kodiak Area Native Association and the Director of Community Health Services for the Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation. Hefley has a bachelor’s degree in Counseling and a master’s degree in Public Health in Community Health Education from the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo.

 

As Deputy Commissioner of Family, Community, and Integrated Services, Hefley is responsible for providing primary oversight to several divisions within the department. They include the Pioneer Homes, Public Assistance, Behavioral Health, Senior and Disabilities Services, Juvenile Justice and the Office of Children’s Services, as well as the Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives. In addition, he will have responsibility for developing and implementing business processes and providing senior management with direction and support.

 

Hefley will start work on Nov. 3, 2008, and will be based out of Juneau, Alaska.