Governor Abbott Announces New Leadership At HHSC
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Wednesday, June 17, 2015 04:03 PM
Quick Brief: Kyle Janek M.D. is stepping down as the head of Texas Health and Human Services and will be replaced by Chris Traylor


Governor Greg Abbott today announced that Texas Health and Human Services Commission Executive Commissioner Dr. Kyle Janek has expressed his intention to resign, effective July 1, 2015. Governor Abbott simultaneously announced his intention to appoint Chris Traylor as Executive Commissioner and named Charles Smith Deputy Executive Commissioner of the agency.

“I thank Dr. Janek for his years of dedication and service to the State of Texas,” said Governor Abbott. “I look forward to working with Chris Traylor to make needed reforms to ensure that the millions of Texans who rely on the vital services HHSC performs are able to have the utmost trust in the agency. Chris Traylor [has] the proven leadership experience necessary to address the challenges facing HHSC, and I am confident in their ability to confront these challenges head on.”

Chris Traylor is the Deputy Executive Commissioner of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. He previously led the Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) from 2010 to 2012 as the agency implemented broad reforms to improve state supported living centers that serve people with profound developmental disabilities. While at DADS, Traylor successfully worked to extend community care to more Texans with disabilities.

Before joining DADS, Traylor served as the Texas Medicaid director for three years. Under his leadership, Texas developed health passports for children in foster care, known as the STAR Health program, which has been nationally recognized for improving coordination of services for children in state custody. Traylor also helped integrate acute and long-term care services for Texans who are elderly or have disabilities, reducing the wait for services that allow people to get care in their homes and communities.

Traylor's 25 years of public service include serving as chief of staff at HHSC and manager of the day-to-day operations of the consolidation of Texas health and human services agencies in 2004, as well as serving on the staff of former U.S. Senator Phil Gramm. Traylor is a graduate of Texas Tech University.