Tue. Jun 25th, 2024
Dr. Veronica Kelley has been named as the new director of OC Health Care Agency by the Orange County Register

The OC Health Care Agency has appointed Dr. Veronica Kelley as the new director of the agency, effective March 22. Dr. Kelley was previously the chair of the agency’s behavioral health division and has been leading the county’s behavioral health services since December 2021.

In a statement, CEO Frank Kim expressed his excitement about Dr. Kelley taking on this new role. He praised her leadership skills 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 brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise 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 2021. 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 improved access to care for those in need. This promotion is a testament to her dedication and commitment to improving access to behavioral health services in Orange County.

With this new role, Dr. Kelley will continue her work in improving access to behavioral health services in Orange County while also overseeing all operations within the agency.

By Aiden Nguyen

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