The Medicaid Leadership Institute learning opportunity is enormous. With over 18 years’ experience in the Medicaid program, I was at first skeptical that I would benefit from the program, but my professional knowledge and my leadership and communication skills have expanded greatly as a result of the experience. If you’re accepted, you won’t be disappointed.
We are proud to support the professional development of these dedicated leaders whose work will be increasingly in the spotlight as Medicaid takes on an expanded responsibility for insuring Americans.
Associate Director (2009-2014)
As associate director of the Rhode Island Department of Human Services from 2009 to 2014, Elena Nicolella oversaw the state’s Medicaid program. Previously she worked as a consultant to the Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals (then called Department of Mental Health, Retardation, and Hospitals) from 2006-2009.
Ms. Nicolella worked for the federal government for 15 years, first with the Food and Nutrition Services agency within the US Department of Agriculture from 1991-1997 and then the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services from 1997-2006.
She received her master’s in public health from Boston University.
Create active cross-system collaboration among Medicaid, the state mental health and substance abuse agency and the Department of Corrections to use patient centered medical homes to support members re-entering the community from the Department of Corrections.