Texas Commission on Human Services and Health
HHS Executive Commissioner
Date:August 25, 2021
HHS announces appointments to the leadership team
AUSTIN – Texas Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Cecile Erwin Young today announced key appointments for HHSC’s management team to help guide the agency’s regulatory oversight of licensed facilities, will manage the state’s 10 psychiatric hospitals and 13 state-supported living centers and provide strategic direction for policy and policy development.
Leadership positions announced by Executive Commissioner Young:
- Stephen Pahl, deputy executive commissioner of the Regulatory Services Division, began on August 16th.
- Scott Schalchlin, deputy executive commissioner of the health and specialty care system, starting Aug. 25.
- Libby Camp Elliott, Deputy Executive Commissioner, Office of Policy and Standards, as of September 7th.
“These three people bring a tremendous combined wealth of knowledge and experience to the agency and I am confident that with their proven leadership we will continue to fulfill our mission of protecting the health and safety of the jeans we serve.” said Young. “We welcome you to the HHS executive team.”
Stephen Pahl has served as associate commissioner of the Consumer Protection Division of the State Department of Health Services since 2018. In this role, he was responsible for overseeing the licensing of emergency medical service providers, technicians of radiation machines and the regulation of consumer health goods and services. , including food and drug manufacturers. Prior to that, he was an adjunct deputy in the Inspections and Investigations Division of the Texas Inspector General’s Office HHS. He began his career in the state government in the Texas Department of Agriculture, where he spent 18 years developing and implementing various agency consumer protection programs. He graduated with a degree in animal science from Texas A&M University.
Scott Schalchlin has served as associate commissioner for state-supported living centers (SSLC) since 2013, both in the Department of Aging and Disability Services and at the HHSC since 2017. Schalchlin has also held various leadership roles. in services and waivers to the community with intellectual and developmental disabilities. programs, SSLC, and Medicaid-managed care programs. He has worked at Rusk State Hospital, Lubbock SSLC, Waco Center for Youth, as well as StarCare Lubbock and two psychiatric prisons operated by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Schalchlin is a graduate of Texas Tech University School of Law, holds a master’s degree in education from Texas Tech University and a bachelor’s degree from Wayland Baptist University.
Libby Camp Elliott he has served as associate commissioner for agency affairs and director of government relations at the Texas Department of Insurance. Previously, she was a senior political adviser to Governor Greg Abbott. She served as chair of the Texas State Council for the Supervision of Interstate Adult Criminals and as a Texas commissioner on the Interstate Commission for the Supervision of Adult Offenders. Elliott began his public service in the Texas state government in 1989 working for the late state senator Teel Bivins of Amarillo. He also served in the governmental and presidential administrations of George W. Bush, as well as other elected officials throughout the state. Elliott has a degree in criminal justice from the University of St. Louis. Edward.