Gov. Bruce Rauner announced Monday that Patricia Bellock has been named director of the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (DHFS).
The appointment will go into effect July 11.
“Illinois is so fortunate to have an advocate for health and human services as dedicated and talented as Patti Bellock,” Rauner said. “She has been instrumental in virtually every health advancement our state has made in the last two decades and I am looking forward to her leadership of the state’s ongoing effort to reform our delivery systems and improve our outcomes.”
Bellock has served in the General Assembly since 1999.
She is retiring from the House of Representatives where she became the first woman to serve as Deputy Minority Leader in 2013. She will replace interim DHFS director Teresa Hursey who stepped in last month when Felicia Norwood left for the private sector. Hursey will remain as Medicaid Director.
“It is an honor to join the talented and dedicated staff of the Department of Healthcare and Family Services,” Bellock said. “I look forward to working with the Governor and my colleagues in the General Assembly to ensure access to quality health care for Illinois’ most vulnerable population and making our health care delivery systems more efficient and effective.”
Bellock was also involved in the recent approval of Better Care Illinois, the state’s 1115 Medicaid waiver approved earlier this year for 10 pilot programs in mental health and substance abuse.