Health and Family Services Cabinet
Commissioner of Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities Named
Georgia Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Leader Appointed to Post
FRANKFORT, KY (Sept. 22, 2009) – Governor Steve Beshear announced today that Stephen R. Hall, Ph.D., a national leader in the area of mental health and developmental disabilities, has been named commissioner of the Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities, part of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS).
Hall most recently served as director of the Georgia Office of Developmental Disabilities since 2005. During his tenure, Georgia made significant progress in funding services for individuals with developmental disabilities and in moving people from institutions into the community. As director, Hall also oversaw Georgia moving to first in the country in a ranking of individuals with developmental disabilities reporting they feel safe in their homes.
“Stephen Hall is truly a national leader in the field of developmental disabilities,” said Gov. Beshear. “We are pleased to have a leader of his caliber at the helm of such a critical agency.”
Governors in Indiana, Georgia and Colorado have appointed Hall to serve on commissions and councils to lead policy reform efforts.
His previous experience includes leading a community regional mental health board in Colorado and a not-for-profit provider agency in Indiana.
“Dr. Hall is a well-respected leader who has devoted his career to collaborating with and engaging partners to improve services for those with developmental disabilities,” said CHFS Secretary Janie Miller.
Hall also has extensive experience in developing programs to promote individual and family self-direction and authority.
“Kentucky is poised to become one of the very best states in its care and treatment of these most vulnerable citizens and their families,” Hall said. “I am honored to serve the citizens of Kentucky.”
A native of Bedford, Ind., Hall received a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from Indiana University and a doctorate in education and disability policy/adult education from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Hall’s appointment is effective Oct. 1.