Heidi McIntosh MSW ’98 Tapped for Leadership Position in NASW

The National Association of Social Workers has selected Heidi McIntosh, MSW ‘98, as its Deputy Director of Programs. For more than 15 years, Heidi has provided both state and national leadership for human services to promote positive growth and development among children, youth and their families. At NASW, she will lead the 130,000 member organization’s public policy, social work practice, and professional development teams.

Heidi McIntosh, MSW ’98

Heidi is leaving her position as a Senior Policy Advisor at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the Administration for Children, Youth and Families, where she coordinates policy development and strategic planning for an $8 billion federal budget that serves vulnerable children and families. While at ACF, she redesigned the national Child and Family Services Review to monitor state child welfare systems—promoting performance and accountability—and also developed a national policy agenda on trauma, social and emotional well-being and psychotropic medication management.

Prior to joining HHS, Heidi served as Deputy Commissioner for the Connecticut Department of Children and Families, where she was appointed by Governor Jodi Rell to manage a $950 million budget providing juvenile justice services, child welfare, human resources, adolescent and transitional services, adoption and interstate compact services, behavioral health and medicine, and education. In her role, she developed the state’s continuous quality improvement system, and decreased repeat maltreatment by instituting a structured decision model.

Heidi’s previous positions have included an interagency personnel assignment with the U.S. Children’s Bureau where she provided training and technical assistance to all regional offices and state child welfare agencies; Program Supervisor and Social Work Supervisor for the State of Connecticut’s Department of Children and Families; and Adjunct Professor at Teikyo Post University.

Heidi was selected for the 2010 Annie E. Casey Foundation Children and Families Fellowship, served as Vice-President of the New England Association of Child Welfare Commissioners for five years, and since 2009 has served as the Co-Chair of the Dean’s Advisory Board at the University of Connecticut School of Social Work.