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For Immediate Release:  January 9, 2009
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Heidi Dix Named DMHMRSAS Deputy Commissioner

Richmond – DMHMRSAS Commissioner James Reinhard, M.D., announced today that Heidi Dix has been named the new deputy commissioner of the department. She will assume her new position on January 12, 2009.

“Heidi has a wide range of skills and knowledge of our system,” said Commissioner Reinhard. “Her experience will be of great benefit to us and the people we serve.”

Dix leaves her position as a deputy secretary of Health and Human Resources for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Previously, Dix was a consultant for Avalere Health in Washington, D.C., and a Medicaid and State Children’s Health Insurance Program analyst for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She has also worked for the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and for the New York State Department of Health.

Dix, of Richmond, is a graduate of Cornell University and received a Master of Public Health from the State University of New York at Albany.

Previous DMHMRSAS Deputy Director, Ray Ratke, is now Virginia’s full-time special advisor on children’s services.


Available to citizens statewide, Virginia’s public mental health, mental retardation and substance abuse services system is comprised of 40 community services boards (CSBs) and 16 state facilities. DMHMRSAS seeks to promote dignity, choice, recovery, and the highest possible level of participation in work, relationships, and all aspects of community life for individuals with mental health, mental retardation or substance abuse disorders.

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