Kody H. Kinsley
Deputy Secretary for Behavioral Health & IDD
Kody H. Kinsley serves as the Deputy Secretary for Behavioral Health & Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities at DHHS. He sets North Carolina’s behavioral health and IDD public-policy with the goal of reaching across all payers, providers, and points of care to drive preventions and interventions that promote health and wellness for all North Carolinians, especially those individuals living with mental illness, intellectual or developmental disabilities, traumatic brain injuries, and substance use disorders. As part of this strategy, Kinsley leads North Carolina’s public behavioral healthcare delivery system – including seven publicly-funded managed care organizations and fourteen healthcare facilities with over 11,000 staff serving 3,000 patients and residents. Deputy Secretary Kinsley’s priorities have focused on increasing efficiency and long-term value by connecting data across health care systems and multiple government safety nets, building robust continuums of care that favor community-based delivery, deploying right-place and right-time interventions at key transition points such as diversions to care for individuals in the criminal justice system, and building lasting resiliency through trauma-informed communities and schools.
Deputy Secretary Kinsley’s past experience spans the public and private sectors, including positions at the White House, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, leading operations for a behavioral health care provider, and most recently serving as the presidentially appointed Assistant Secretary for Management for the United States Department of the Treasury. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Brevard College in Brevard, NC and his Master of Public Policy from the University of California, at Berkeley.