The Chief of Staff supports the commissioner in managing and monitoring several key areas of the department regarding major policies or issues facing the department. Often engaged in special assignments, the chief of staff serves as one of the main advisors to the commissioner. The chief of staff supervises the activities of the following areas:

Bureau of Special Investigations

The Bureau of Special Investigations primarily investigates offenses of a criminal nature and initiates prosecution in cases where evidence indicates criminal acts by employees and others. The office is also responsible for advising and assisting facility police during investigations when requested and conducting training seminars as needed. The office conducts background investigations on persons seeking to provide services for consumers placed in the community as well.


Office of Rights Protection and Advocacy

The Office of Rights Protection and Advocacy, working out of five service area offices around the state and in ADMH central office, provides a non-adversarial system of rights protection and advocacy that focuses on rights awareness and prevention of rights violations for consumers. Advocates provide services such as information and referral, rights complaint investigations and resolutions, state facility compliance monitoring, community program certification services, and rights education and training programs.


Office of Internal Audit

The Office of Internal Audit was established to enforce the state and federal guidelines for audit reporting, audit procurement and contract compliance for entities that receive or expend funds from/through the Alabama Department of Mental Health. The office provides independent and objective audit, investigative and consultant services to the programs and leadership of ADMH to add value and improve operations.


Ada Katherine van Wyhe, Chief of Staff