DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Texas health and human services official has been named the new director of the Iowa Department of Human Services.
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds says Thursday she appointed Kelly Kennedy Garcia to head the department that oversees the state's Medicaid program, mental health centers and child welfare services.
Garcia is now the deputy executive commissioner at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. She oversees programs with more than 700 employees and a $1.4 billion budget.
Iowa DHS has more than 4,000 employees and a $7 billion budget.