Dr. Veronica Kelly has been appointed as the new director of the OC Health Care Agency, replacing former director Dr. Clayton Chow who stepped down last June. CEO Frank Kim expressed his excitement about Kelly taking on the role, noting her impressive leadership skills in the behavioral health division during challenging times in mental health and recovery care.

Kelly has been overseeing the county’s health services since December 2021 and brings with her over 33 years of experience in the field. She is a licensed clinical social worker with nearly 25 years of experience and began her career with the Health Care Agency in 1999. Kelly then spent 13 years with the San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health, serving as director for six years before returning to HCA .

In her new role, Kelly will focus on reorganizing the department to better address behavioral health changes, including those related to Medi-Cal. She will also work closely with local law enforcement to divert mental health and homeless calls from public safety responders to mental health professionals. Her promotion to director of the Agency for Health Care took effect on March 22.

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