Date appointed: 1/4/10
Senate Committee hearing date: 1/26/11
Senate Committee hearing vote: Passed Committee vote
Senate vote date: January 31, 2011
Senate vote: Confirmed - Unanimously
"Reggie Bicha is a nationally-respected authority on human services with an impressive record in child welfare, strengthening families and building communities,” Gov. John Hickenlooper said. “We are delighted he is joining our team. Bicha brings great expertise in working with local government in a state system similar to what we have in Colorado."
Reggie Bicha was appointed in 2011 by Gov. John Hickenlooper as Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Human Services, where he oversees eight offices and 33 divisions. The department's operations include child welfare; youth corrections; the state's mental health services; state veterans nursing homes; the state's food assistance and temporary assistance for needy families programs; the state's disability programs; senior services; and early childhood services. In addition, as a state supervised county administered system, Bicha oversees the delivery of services for all 64 Colorado counties.
Bicha is a social worker, administrator, educator and national leader. He has extensive experience working on child welfare, education, employment and health issues at the county, state and national levels. Prior to Colorado, Bicha served as the Inaugural Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families where he increased safety and reduced fraud for child care programs and reduced the number of children living in foster care.
Bicha was recognized by Colorado Counties Inc.’s 2011 Local/State Partnership Award for his leadership on reducing administrative burdens and unnecessary mandates. The department conducted an administrative rules review and as a result, will revise or repeal more than 66 percent of their rules as outdated, unnecessary or overly burdensome.
Bicha serves on the American Public Human Services Association governing board leading the nation’s top government executives to transform human services. Bicha was selected for the Ascend Fellowship, sponsored by the Aspen Institute, to focus on approaches to move children and parents beyond poverty.
He and his wife, Becky, have three children, and have served as foster parents. Bicha earned a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and a masters’ degree in Social Work from the University of Minnesota.
About the Department of Human Services:
The Department oversees the state’s 64 county departments of social/human services, the state’s public mental health system, Colorado’s system of services for people with developmental disabilities, the state’s juvenile corrections system and all state and veterans’ nursing homes, through more than 5,000 employees and thousands of community-based service providers. Colorado is a state-supervised, county-administered system for the traditional social services, including programs such as food stamps, disability services and child welfare services.