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Maggie D. Anderson, Interim Executive Director

North Dakota Department of Human Services

Governor Burgum appointed Maggie D. Anderson as the interim Executive Director of the North Dakota Department of Human Services. Anderson previously served Governor Jack Dalrymple as the agency director since August 2012.

Anderson joined the Department of Human Services in 2003 as deputy director of the Medical Services Division, which administers Medicaid and other health programs. She was promoted to division director in 2005. Anderson has also served as assistant director of child nutrition programs in the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction prior to joining the Department of Human Services.

Anderson holds a bachelor’s of science degree in food and nutrition from North Dakota State University; and has a master’s degree in management from University of Mary. She is a North Dakota native and a graduate of New England Public High School.

The Department of Human Services employs about 2,200 people and operates on a biennial budget of over $3.5 billion. The department oversees Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program (Healthy Steps), Economic Assistance Programs including Child Care Assistance, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program; Child Support; Aging Services; Child and Family Services including Child Protection, Family Preservation Services, Foster Care, and Adoption; Vocational Rehabilitation; Developmental Disabilities Services; the Life Skills Transition Center, and Behavioral Health Services, which include the Behavioral Health Division, the North Dakota State Hospital, and eight regional human service centers.


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