|Governor Mary Fallin|
President George W. Bush
Succeeded by Terri L. White
Preceded by Michael Crutcher
|Governor Brad Henry
Name Terry Cline
Preceded by Terri L. White
Preceded by Charles Curie
|Education University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University–Stillwater|
Similar People Mary Fallin, Brad Henry, Mike Ming, Phyllis Hudecki, Preston Doerflinger
Terry L. Cline (born 1958) is an American psychologist and public health policy specialist from Oklahoma. Cline is currently serving in the dual position of Oklahoma Secretary of Health and Human Services and Commissioner of the Oklahoma State Department of Health. He has served in various positions under Governors of Oklahoma Frank Keating (R), Brad Henry (D), and Mary Fallin (R).
- Early career
- Keating Administration
- Henry Administration
- SAMSHA Administrator
- State Health Commissioner
- Fallin Administration
Cline previously served as the administrator of the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, an agency within the Health and Human Services Department (HHS) from December 2006 through August 2008. Prior to that, Cline served as the Commissioner of the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services as well as Oklahoma Secretary of Health under Governor of Oklahoma Brad Henry.
Cline grew up in Ardmore, Oklahoma and attended the University of Oklahoma, where he earned a bachelor's degree in psychology in 1980. He then received both a master's degree and a PhD in clinical psychology from Oklahoma State University, following which he held a six-year appointment as a clinical instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School in Boston. Cline also served as the Chairman of the Governing Board for a Harvard Community Teaching Hospital in Cambridge for several years.
Cline served as a Health Care Policy Fellow at the federal Center for Mental Health Services in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in Washington D.C. While there, his primary focus was on the organization and financing of mental health services. During the 1990s, he served as the Clinical Director of the Cambridge Youth Guidance Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts and was employed as a Staff Psychologist at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts.
Cline returned to Oklahoma to accept the position of Commissioner of the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services during the administration of Republican Governor Frank Keating. He began that role in January 2001. As Commissioner, Cline was responsible for providing public health services relating to mental illness and substance abuse.
Democratic Governor of Oklahoma Brad Henry appointed Cline as Secretary of Health in 2004 following the resignation of Tom Adelson to run for the Oklahoma Senate. Cline continued to serve concurrently as Commissioner in addition to his duties as Health Secretary. As Secretary, Cline served as Governor Henry's chief health policy advisor and had supervision over the Oklahoma State Department of Health and the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust.
President George W. Bush nominated Cline to serve as the Administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, an agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, in November 2006, and his nomination was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in December.
At the end of August 2008, Terry Cline became the HHS Department’s Health Attaché and representative at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq. As Health Attaché, Cline coordinated HHS programs in Iraq and provided advice to the U.S. ambassador, HHS Secretary and others. He also was a liaison to Iraq’s Ministries of Health, Higher Education and Social Affairs, and worked with international organizations, private partners and other U.S. government agencies engaged in health-related activities in Iraq.
State Health Commissioner
In June 2009 Cline became the Commissioner of the Oklahoma State Department of Health. He replaced Michael Crutcher who had retired the previous January.
On February 1, 2011, Republican Governor of Oklahoma Mary Fallin announced that she had selected Commissioner Cline to serve as the Oklahoma Secretary of Health and Human Services in her Cabinet. As Health and Human Services Secretary, Cline has oversight over all public health and public assistance agencies of the State government. Cline continues to serve as Health Commissioner in addition to his duties as a Cabinet Secretary.