Stephanie Bates

Program Director, Behavioral Health And Medicaid

Stephanie Bates is a program director in the NGA Center for Best Practices. In this role, she leads projects related to behavioral health, substance use disorders, and Medicaid.

Prior to joining NGA, Bates served as the Deputy Commissioner for the Kentucky Department for Medicaid Services, as well as other roles within the Department focusing on Medicaid managed care, Medicaid policy, Medicaid waivers, pharmacy, child welfare, and interagency collaboration. Prior to her time with the Kentucky Medicaid, Stephanie worked in the private sector for 15 years for a large multidisciplinary physician practice and a local hospital.

Stephanie originally hails from Frankfort, Kentucky.