HHS Announces New Chief Program and Services Officer

AUSTIN – Michelle Alletto has been named the Texas Health and Human Services Chief Program and Services Officer, effective Jan. 20.

“Michelle has extensive experience in health and human services and will be a strong asset to the HHS team,” said Dr. Courtney N. Phillips, HHS executive commissioner. “Michelle’s experience and track record of success will be invaluable as we move the agency forward in making a positive difference in the lives of Texans.”

The chief program and services officer is responsible for overseeing the management of Texas HHS medical and social services — including Medicaid and CHIP Services, SNAP, TANF, WIC, women’s health programs, behavioral health services — and the Health and Specialty Care System, which comprises state supported living centers for people with intellectual and development disabilities and state psychiatric hospitals.

Alletto has over a decade of experience working in public health and public management. She most recently worked in health policy at the Milbank Memorial Fund, where she advised a multi-state collaborative on Medicaid long-term services reform and identified best practices in Medicaid-financed mental health and substance use disorder services.

Alletto previously served as deputy secretary for the Louisiana Department of Health, overseeing services for the aging and people with disabilities, mental health and substance use disorders and public health. In that role, she oversaw the successful restructuring of Medicaid waiver services for the aging and disability services. Before that, she led maternal and child health initiatives in Louisiana, including serving as the deputy director for the LDH Birth Outcomes Initiative. Alletto was also the assistant director for public policy at the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs in Washington, D.C.

Alletto has a master’s degree in public administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and a bachelor’s degree in social welfare from SUNY Empire State College.