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Dena Schmidt


Dena Schmidt is the Deputy Director of Programs for the Department of Health and Human Services. She most recently served as the Medicaid Specialist for the Division of Welfare and Supportive Services and formerly served as the Chief of Supportive Services for the Division of Aging and Disability Services.

As Deputy Director, Dena manages the Director’s Office programs, including the Grants Management Unit, IDEA Part C Office, Tribal Liaison Office, Office of Consumer Health Assistance, Office of Minority Health and Nevada 2-1-1. In addition, she serves as liaison to the Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities.

Dena has extensive experience in research, policy development and system design relating to public assistance programs. In addition to Dena’s 14 years with the State of Nevada, she holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Nevada, Reno.