Key state agency leader resigns

2014-06-16T17:45:00Z 2014-06-16T18:22:08Z Key state agency leader resignsDan Carden dan.carden@nwi.com, (317) 637-9078 nwitimes.com
June 16, 2014 5:45 pm  • 

INDIANAPOLIS | Gov. Mike Pence's Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0 and preschool education program face uncertain futures after the head of the state agency responsible for implementing them announced Monday she's quitting.

Debra Minott, secretary of the Family and Social Services Administration, said in a statement that she will be "transitioning out of my role as secretary over the next month or so."

She gave no specific reason for her departure, but promised to work with Pence "to ensure an orderly transition to new leadership."

Minott's resignation after 17 months on the job was unexpected.

She spoke Monday at an Indianapolis hospital promoting Pence's HIP 2.0 alternative to Medicaid expansion, which FSSA will manage if federal officials approve the state's proposal set to be submitted later this month.

FSSA is among the state's largest agencies, responsible for overseeing Medicaid, food stamps, services for the aged and disabled, mental health, addiction treatment and child care.

The agency also is charged with establishing the state's first preschool voucher program that some lawmakers expected would start this fall, but FSSA officials confirmed earlier this month won't begin until at least 2015.

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