Dr. Veronica Kelley has been named as the new director of OC Health Care Agency by the Orange County Register

From Clinical Social Worker to Director: Dr. Veronica Kelley’s Promotion to Head of OC Health Care Agency

Dr. Veronica Kelley has been promoted to the director of the OC Health Care Agency, where she has been leading the county’s behavioral health services since December 2021. The promotion comes after former director Dr. Clayton Chau left the post last June.

In a statement, CEO Frank Kim expressed his excitement about Dr. Kelley stepping into the director role. He praised her leadership strength and her ability to navigate the changing landscape of mental health and recovery care services. With over 33 years of experience in the behavioral health field and nearly 25 years as a licensed clinical social worker, Dr. Kelley has a wealth of knowledge and expertise to bring to her new position.

Dr. Kelley began her career at the Health Care Agency in 1999, working in the behavioral health department. She then spent 13 years with the San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health, including six years as its director, before returning to the HCA in 2018. Since rejoining the agency, Dr. Kelley has been instrumental in reorganizing the department to better address behavioral health changes, such as those related to Medi-Cal.

One of Dr. Kelley’s key accomplishments has been collaborating with local law enforcement to divert mental health and homeless calls from traditional responders to mental health workers, which has led to improved access to services for those in need. Her promotion became effective on March 22nd, and she is excited about continuing her work in improving access to behavioral health services in Orange County under her new role as Director of OC Health Care Agency

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