Shevaun Harris joined the Department of Children and Families as the Secretary in February 2021 after a nearly two decade career at the Agency for Health Care Administration.
Prior to joining DCF, Mrs. Harris was responsible for administering the Florida Medicaid program and regulates over 40,000 health care facilities in the state. Mrs. Harris held positions in the health and human services field providing services to children and adults diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and children receiving services in an inpatient psychiatric program. During her tenure at the AHCA, Mrs. Harris led the development and maintenance of all policies for Medicaid services, including those focused on children with special health care needs, Medicaid eligibility, long-term care, and behavioral health. She has overseen implementation of the agency’s quality improvement initiatives with particular focus on perinatal and behavioral health outcomes.
Mrs. Harris is an innovator – most recently, spearheading the development of the State’s Canadian Prescription Drug Importation program. She has led several major implementations and served as the lead negotiator for multi-billion dollar contracts under the Statewide Medicaid Managed Care program. This includes contracts with specialty plans that serve the child welfare population and individuals with serious mental illness. During her time as Acting Secretary, Mrs. Harris lead the AHCA’ COVID-19 efforts in partnership with other state agencies and essential health care providers.
She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, a Master’s degree in Social Work from the Florida State University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Quinnipiac University.
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