OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS) Director Justin Brown has named Traylor Rains Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the agency.
"I am honored and excited to join the team at the Oklahoma Department of Human Services," said Rains. "My previous experience in the health and human services sector has reinforced my commitment to creating opportunities for success for all Oklahomans. I look forward to working alongside each and every dedicated DHS employee, as well as with our community and tribal partners, to provide the best services possible to Oklahoma families and children."
As Chief Operating Officer, Rains serves in a leadership role guiding agency programs including Adult and Family Services, Child Welfare, Child Support Services, Child Care Licensing, Adult Protective Services, Aging Services and Developmental Disability Services.
"Traylor's experience in public policy and passion for serving others is essential to improving customer outcomes," said Brown. "He brings a strategic vision and heart that will help take DHS to the next level of developing strong families and creating an engaged workforce."
A 2004 graduate of Baylor University Law School, Rains has served Oklahoma families and children in various roles including Assistant Director of Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) policy for the Oklahoma Health Care Authority and Senior Director of Policy and Provider Regulation for the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. Rains also served as Interim Executive Director of the Central Oklahoma Community Mental Health Center in Norman, Oklahoma.
(Editor's note: a high resolution photo of Traylor Rains is available upon request).