Dr. Veronica Kelley Appointed Director of OC Health Care Agency’s Behavioral Health Services

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

In a recent announcement, the OC Health Care Agency has appointed Dr. Veronica Kelley to the position of director. Dr. Kelley, who was previously the chair of the agency’s behavioral health division, has been leading the county’s behavioral health services since December 2021. Her 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 her new role as director of the Health Care Agency. He praised her leadership skills and her ability to navigate changes in 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 is well-equipped to continue improving access to behavioral health services in Orange County.

Dr. Kelley began her career at the Health Care Agency in 1999 and spent 13 years with San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health before returning to HCA in 2018. During her tenure at San Bernardino, she served as its director for six years before rejoining HCA as a licensed clinical social worker.

One of Dr. Kelley’s key accomplishments during her time at San Bernardino was collaborating with local law enforcement to divert mental health and homeless calls from traditional responders to mental health workers. This initiative has been widely successful and has helped improve access to mental health services for those in need.

Dr. Kelley’s promotion became effective on March 22nd, allowing her to continue her work in expanding access to high-quality behavioral health services for Orange County residents.

Overall, Dr. Kelly’s appointment will bring valuable leadership and expertise to OC Health Care Agency, helping them provide better care for those who need it most while continuing their efforts towards improving accessibility of such critical services within their community.”

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