General Counsel

Nikki Loethen, Chief

(573) 751-6005

The attorneys in the Office of General Counsel provide legal support and opinions to all departmental divisions, centers and offices. The office provides advice on Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy issues, litigates regulatory actions before departmental hearing officers and the Administrative Hearing Commission, pursues guardianship actions for eligible adults, provides coordination and cooperation to the attorney general’s office in departmental litigation and provides in-service training on legal issues for department employees.