DSHS announces new assistant secretary for Behavioral Health Administration

OLYMPIA, Wash. - The Department of Social and Health Services announced Wednesday that Ken Taylor is the new assistant secretary for the Behavioral Health Administration.

Taylor will be taking over the position from Carla Reyes, who is leaving DSHS after 20 years to pursue other opportunities. She spent almost 3 of those years leading BHA.

“We are so grateful for the leadership from Carla Reyes over the Behavioral Health Administration for the past three years,” said Cheryl Strange, DSHS secretary. “She has laid a pathway for reform that Ken Taylor will now take the lead in further shaping. I am very grateful for Ken’s experience in not only behavioral health, but also health care more broadly. There is much work to do in our state’s psychiatric hospitals, as well as transforming our forensic and civil mental health services within Washington state. Ken’s previous success and experience in leading complex change at a state government level is the next step in making sure our clients are getting the right treatment at the right time in the right environment. We are excited for this next phase in the transformation of BHA.”

Taylor most recently served as Chief Executive Officer for Valley Cities. Taylor officially begins his role on March 1.

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