New DHW Deputy Director Will Focus on
Managed Care for Medicaid and Mental Health Services
Idaho Medicaid Administrator Leslie Clement is being promoted to Deputy Director of Medicaid, Behavioral Health and Managed Care Services for the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW). Clement is replacing Deputy Director Dick Schultz, who is retiring after 33 years of service to the State.
Clement will oversee Medicaid, Licensing and Certification, and Behavioral Health Services, which includes the mental health and substance use disorder programs. Her main responsibilities are Medicaid policy development and managed care efforts for the State’s Medicaid and mental health programs.
“Like almost every state, Idaho is struggling with escalating Medicaid and mental health costs,” says DHW Director Richard Armstrong. “Our challenge is to control those costs through managed care strategies while continuing to provide participants with necessary medical care. We are thrilled to have Leslie Clement lead our managed care efforts. She is a knowledgeable, well-respected, and an engaging leader who is skilled in building consensus with very difficult policy issues.”
Clement, who holds a Master’s in Public Administration, has served the State of Idaho since 2000, with the last ten years in the Idaho Medicaid program. She was promoted to Medicaid Administrator in June 2006 and will begin work in her new position as Deputy Director on July 18th.
“I’m excited for this opportunity to focus on long-term system reform efforts that will help identify a path forward that supports improved care coordination, quality and outcomes,” says Clement. “We have had to make very difficult decisions over the past few years and although we aren’t out of the woods yet, it is necessary for us to begin laying the groundwork for a different approach to the current health and social services delivery system.”
Daily administration of the Idaho Medicaid program will be taken up by Paul Leary, who is being promoted to Idaho Medicaid Plan Administrator. Leary will provide oversight to of Medicaid daily operations, including claims systems and financial operations.