Department of Health and Human Services official takes nonprofit post

Posted Dec. 13, 2010, at 1:57 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — The head of the Maine department in charge of welfare and public health is getting a new job.

On Jan. 6, Brenda Harvey will become executive director of a regional information-sharing nonprofit organization.

The mission of the New England States Consortium Systems Organization is to encourage the New England states to work together to maximize the effectiveness of Medicaid programs and other human services.

The group Harvey will head is affiliated with the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Harvey has been commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services, of one of Maine’s largest departments, for five years.