HHS official resigns after Capitol riot

Elinore McCance-Katz, MD, PhD, resigned from her leadership position in HHS' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration after rioters supporting President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol grounds Jan. 6.

Dr. McCance-Katz stepped down as assistant secretary for mental health and substance use. She was the first person to hold that position. Dr. McCance-Katz held that role for about three and a half years.

Dr. McCance-Katz said she had intended to remain in her role until President-elect Joe Biden's administration took over, but said she changed her mind after the riot. 

"I believe that this behavior was totally unacceptable and, in my own heart, I simply am not able to continue," she wrote in a Jan. 7 statement. She added: "I cannot support language that results in incitement of violence and risks our very existence."

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