Terry Cline

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Terry L. Cline
Oklahoma Secretary of Health and Human Services
Incumbent
Assumed office
February 1, 2011
Governor Mary Fallin
Preceded by Terri L. White
20th Commissioner of the Oklahoma State Department of Health
Incumbent
Assumed office
June 30, 2009
Governor Brad Henry
Mary Fallin
Preceded by Michael Crutcher
Administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
In office
December, 2006 – August, 2008
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Charles Curie
Succeeded by Pamela S. Hyde
Oklahoma Secretary of Health
In office
2004–2006
Governor Brad Henry
Preceded by Tom Adelson
Succeeded by Michael Crutcher
Commissioner of the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
In office
2001–2006
Governor Frank Keating
Brad Henry
Succeeded by Terri L. White
Personal details
Born 1958
Ardmore, Oklahoma
Alma mater University of Oklahoma
Oklahoma State University
Occupation Psychologist
Website Oklahoma State Department of Health

Terry L. Cline (born 1958) is an American psychologist and public health policy specialist from Oklahoma. Cline is currently serving in the dual position of Oklahoma Secretary of Health and Human Services and Commissioner of the Oklahoma State Department of Health. He has served in various positions under Governors of Oklahoma Frank Keating (R), Brad Henry (D), and Mary Fallin (R).

Cline previously served as the administrator of the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, an agency within the Health and Human Services Department (HHS) from December 2006 through August 2008. Prior to that, Cline served as the Commissioner of the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services as well as Oklahoma Secretary of Health under Governor of Oklahoma Brad Henry.[1]

Early career[edit]

Cline grew up in Ardmore, Oklahoma and attended the University of Oklahoma, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1980. He then received both a master’s degree and a PhD in clinical psychology from Oklahoma State University, following which he held a six year appointment as a clinical instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School in Boston. Cline also served as the Chairman of the Governing Board for a Harvard Community Teaching Hospital in Cambridge for several years.

Cline served as a Health Care Policy Fellow at the federal Center for Mental Health Services in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in Washington D.C. While there, his primary focus was on the organization and financing of mental health services. During the 1990s, he served as the Clinical Director of the Cambridge Youth Guidance Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts and was employed as a Staff Psychologist at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts.

Keating Administration[edit]

Cline returned to Oklahoma to accept the position of Commissioner of the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services during the administration of Republican Governor Frank Keating. He began that role in January 2001. As Commissioner, Cline was responsible for providing public health services relating to mental illness and substance abuse.

Henry Administration[edit]

Democratic Governor of Oklahoma Brad Henry appointed Cline as Secretary of Health in 2004 following the resignation of Tom Adelson to run for the Oklahoma Senate. Cline continued to serve concurrently as Commissioner in addition to his duties as Health Secretary. As Secretary, Cline served as Governor Henry's chief health policy advisor and had supervision over the Oklahoma State Department of Health and the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust.

SAMSHA Administrator[edit]

President George W. Bush nominated Cline to serve as the Administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, an agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, in November 2006, and his nomination was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in December.

At the end of August 2008, Terry Cline became the HHS Department’s Health Attaché and representative at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq.[2] As Health Attaché, Cline coordinated HHS programs in Iraq and provided advice to the U.S. ambassador, HHS Secretary and others. He also was a liaison to Iraq’s Ministries of Health, Higher Education and Social Affairs, and worked with international organizations, private partners and other U.S. government agencies engaged in health-related activities in Iraq.

State Health Commissioner[edit]

In June 2009 Cline became the Commissioner of the Oklahoma State Department of Health. He replaced Michael Crutcher who had retired the previous January.[1]

Fallin Administration[edit]

On February 1, 2011, Republican Governor of Oklahoma Mary Fallin announced that she had selected Commissioner Cline to serve as the Oklahoma Secretary of Health and Human Services in her Cabinet. As Health and Human Services Secretary, Cline has oversight over all public health and public assistance agencies of the State government. Cline continues to serve as Health Commissioner in addition to his duties as a Cabinet Secretary.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Staff (21 March 2009) "Welcome Back" Tulsa World (Tulsa, Oklahoma) p. A-14
  2. ^ "HHS Secretary Taps SAMHSA Administrator for New Post" SAMHSA News (July/August 2008) 16(4): p. 1
  3. ^ Oklahoma Governor names Health and Human Services Secretary, by Michael McNutt, Tulsa World, 2011-02-01
Political offices
Preceded by
Commissioner of the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
Under Governors Frank Keating and Brad Henry

2001–2006
Succeeded by
Terri L. White
Preceded by
Tom Adelson
Oklahoma Secretary of Health
Under Governor Brad Henry

2004–2006
Succeeded by
Michael Crutcher
Preceded by
Charles Curie
Administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Under President George W. Bush

2006–2008
Succeeded by
Pamela S. Hyde
Preceded by
Michael Crutcher
Commissioner of the Oklahoma State Department of Health
Under Governors Brad Henry and Mary Fallin

2009–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Terri L. White
Oklahoma Secretary of Health and Human Services
Under Governor Mary Fallin

February 1, 2011 –present
Incumbent