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Mann Returning to Serve as DMS Director, Harlan Shifting Roles


For Immediate Release

Jan. 29, 2019

Media Contact: Amy Webb,

DHS Chief of Communications & Community Engagement

  Mann Returning to Serve as DMS Director, Harlan Shifting Roles

Department of Human Services (DHS) Division of Medical Services (DMS) Director Tami Harlan has accepted an opportunity to serve in a different role in the department that better matches her skillset, the agency announced today. Former DHS Chief Financial Officer Janet Mann will step in as the new DMS Director.

Harlan, a licensed attorney, will serve as an assistant director for the Division of Aging, Adult, and Behavioral Health Services over the Adult Protective Services unit. She became DMS Director in July 2018.  Mann, who currently works as Fiscal Director for Mississippi Department of Mental Health, will begin serving as DMS Director Feb. 11.

“Tami’s strengths are her legal background and Medicaid knowledge, both of which are important skills for the person over Adult Protective Services, a position that was recently vacated,” said DHS Deputy Director over Health and State Medicaid Director Dawn Stehle.  

Stehle said she appreciates Mann’s willingness to return to Arkansas in this new role.

“Janet’s Medicaid experience,” Stehle said, “especially in the areas of federal compliance, finance, and program implementation, will be invaluable.”

Mann served as the DHS Chief Financial Officer from November 2016 until November 2017, when she left the agency to work as Deputy Director for the Mississippi Department of Human Services. Mann is a former deputy administrator for the State of Mississippi Division of Medicaid under Governor Haley Barbour, helping oversee a $5 billion annual budget as well as other functions, including audit, program integrity, and health reform. She has more than a decade of experience in the public healthcare industry at the state and federal level as both an independent consultant and as part of the Navigant Healthcare team.

Mann, a certified public accountant, also served as the Chairman of the Mississippi State Board of Tax Appeals from 2010-2016. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration and Accounting from the University of Alabama. 


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