June 15, 2017: Elinore E. McCance-Katz was nominated as the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Tuesday, June 13, 2017. McCance-Katz, of Rhode Island, is currently the Chief Medical Officer at the Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals. She is also a psychiatry and human behavior and a behavioral and social sciences professor at the Alpert Medical School at Brown University. She was previously the Chief Medical Officer at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration at HHS. McCance-Katz received her PhD from Yale University, with a speciality in infectious disease epidemiology, and she graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. She is board-certified in general psychiatry and in addiction psychiatry.