Montgomery, Ala. – Governor Kay Ivey selected Kimberly G. Boswell as Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Mental Health (ADMH) on November 30, 2020, stating, “She (Kimberly) has spent the entirety of her professional career devoted to helping struggling individuals and I appreciate her willingness to serve in this new capacity. Her background as a mental health provider, as well as administrator makes her uniquely qualified.”

Kimberly (Kim) G. Boswell will take over the role upon the retirement of Commissioner Lynn Beshear on December 16, 2020. Building on the work started under Beshear’s tenure, Boswell will move forward with developing an accessible, interconnected, effective and just system of care for individuals served by ADMH.

“My social work education has served me well in understanding human and organizational interactions and how they work together to serve people.  I am excited about the future of mental health and the opportunity to work with our dedicated employees and community partners to serve, empower and support the individuals we serve,” said Boswell.

Boswell served as Chief of Staff for Beshear and has been both Associate Commissioner for Administration and Director of Human Resources for ADMH. Boswell has more than 36 years of experience working with individuals with mental illness, substance use disorders and developmental disabilities.

Currently, she is a member of the Friendship Mission Board – a long-term shelter for men, women and children who are homeless in the River Region and Mescal’s Children Center for Hope, which is a Christian ministry serving children in Kenya, South Africa.

She earned her MSW from the FSU College of Social Work in 1984, with a specialization in planning and program evaluation. She also holds a BSW from the University of Alabama Birmingham.



ADMH Welcomes Kimberly Boswell as Commissioner