posted on March 24, 2013 17:27
On Friday, March 22– Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary John
Polanowicz announced the appointment of Rosalie Edes as Assistant Secretary for the Office of Disability Policy and Programs. He stated that, “Rosalie is a well-respected leader who brings more than 30 years of experience in health and human services to this position.” The Arc is pleased with the decision and welcomes Assistant Secretary Edes to her new role.
Edes began her career as a practicing counseling psychologist and then transitioned into public policy & program implementation work in the area of disabilities when her youngest son, Andrew, was born with Down Syndrome over 25 years ago. She has a passion for enhancing disability services for all people. Since 2009, Edes has served as deputy assistant secretary, working with the statewide Autism Commission, development of the community based Medicaid waiver programs and advanced family support initiatives.
In commenting on her recent appointment, Rosalie stated: “I consider myself truly fortunate to have the opportunity to work in partnership with families and individuals with disabilities, advocates, providers and the Administration to advance the Governor’s Community First agenda and the development of a network of quality services and supports that is responsive to peoples’ needs.” (Picture -Sheri McCann, Rosalie Edes and Kathy Wilson at ADDP Conference)