Michael J. Melendez :: Secretary

Michael is currently working in the federal government, at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. In this capacity, Michael oversees the implementation of “The Partnership Plan” New York State’s Section 1115 Demonstration waiver as well as the Family Health Plus (FHPlus) program. The Partnership Plan is part of New York State’s program to move most eligible Medicaid individuals into a managed care environment and FHPlus is a health insurance program for low-income New York State residents.

Michael has dedicated many years of service to address the needs of the residents of The Bronx. For eight years, Michael worked in the Office of the Bronx Borough President. When Michael joined the Borough President’s he was a staff member in the health & human services unit. Michael quickly worked his way to becoming director of the health and human services unit. Michael also formed a not-for-profit corporation that would address health and human service issues in The Bronx as well as function as a consultant to the Office of the Bronx Borough President, The Bronx Health & Human Services Development Corporation (BHHSDC).

Throughout his career, Michael has held various positions in State and City government. Some of these positions are, director of public information for the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services within the Bureau of Communications and Community Relations and Target Cities coordinator for the Mayor’s Office of Drug Abuse Policy. Michael also has substantial direct service experience as an addictions specialist and supervisor for several alcohol and substance abuse programs.

In 1995 Michael was nominated and selected to participate in CORO Leadership New York, a one-year fellowship for mid-career professionals in the public, private and non-profit sectors to examine and develop creative solutions for issues affecting New York City. Michael has served on several advisory boards, including the Bronx Information Network, the W. K. Kellogg Foundation Community Fellowship in Urban Health at Montefiore Medical Center and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the Women’s Health Initiative of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Michael obtained a Masters in Social Work Administration from Fordham University and a Bachelor of Arts in Forensic Psychology from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

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