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October 14, 2011

Jeanne Atkinson, Communications and Legislative Services, (402) 471-8287

Scot Adams to be interim director of DHHS Division of Children and Family Services

Lincoln – Scot Adams, director of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Division of Behavioral Health, will also become interim director for the Division of Children and Family Services (CFS) effective Monday, October 17.
“Todd Reckling’s last day as CFS director is today, and I want to take this opportunity to thank him again for his 19 years of service to the Department, beginning as a caseworker in Dakota City,” said Kerry Winterer, DHHS CEO.
Governor Heineman appointed Adams director of the Services agency in the HHS System in March 2007, and in July 2007 he became director of Behavioral Health in the newly-created Department of Health and Human Services.
He has more than 35 years’ experience in organizations that serve families, especially in the areas of substance abuse and mental health. He has a bachelor’s degree in sociology and philosophy as well as a certificate of social work from Creighton University; a master’s degree in social work from UNO; and Ph. D. in community and human resources from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
“Scot’s background and knowledge of current CFS activities is critical during this transition,” said Winterer. “We’re currently soliciting applications nationwide to fill the position of CFS director, and hope to fill it soon, but we will take the time necessary to find the right person.”