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BHD - DD Section Administration


Administrators Welcome

Welcome to the Behavioral Health Division’s website. BHD oversees the Early Intervention and Education Program, the Wyoming State Hospital, the Wyoming Life Resource Center, and the Community Programs, including four home and community based waivers for people with developmental disabilities, mental health conditions, and acquired brain injuries. BHD strives to provide excellent customer service, including providing up-to-date information for families, participants, providers and other stakeholders and interested parties through our website.

The website is designed to be user friendly and provide you with easy access to the information you are seeking. If you have questions on a specific program, contact information for each program is posted and BHD staff will be available to assist you. If you have comments or suggestions for the website, please click here or call 307-777-5849.

Chris Newman, BHD Senior Administrator


Chris Newman, Senior Administrator

Chris Newman has been with the Behavioral Health Division since 2003, serving as the Program Integrity Manager, Deputy Administrator, DD Division Administrator, then appointed as the BHD Senior Administrator in January 2011 when the Developmental Disabilities Division merged with the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Division.

Prior to 2003, Chris was employed in the developmental disabilities state system in Indiana as the Director of the Bureau of Quality Improvement Services in the Division of Disabilities and Rehabilitative Services.

Chris has a Master’s degree in Health Administration and an undergraduate degree in Public Health.

Joe Simpson, DD Section Administrator

Joe Simpson is the Administrator for the Developmental Disabilities Section of the Behavioral Health Division. Before his position with BHD, Joe worked for the Wyoming Department of Education as the Deputy State Superintendent of Public Instruction for 12 years.

Prior to working in state government, Joe served as the Deputy Executive Director for the Division of Leadership and Professional Development with the Council of Chief State School Officers in Washington, D.C. He also served as a high school principal, assistant principal, teacher trainer and as Director of Pupil Personnel and Evaluation Services. Joe has taught elementary through high school and college.

Joe earned his Ed.S. degree from the University of Wyoming. He also received his M.Ed. degree in Curriculum Instruction with an emphasis on microcomputer technology at Lesley College in Cambridge, MA. Joe earned a B.S. degree in Special Education (K-12) and Elementary Education at Montana State University.


Jan Altum, Executive Assistant
6101 Yellowstone Rd., Suite 220

Cheyenne, WY 82002

(307) 777-7359