Dr. Veronica Kelley Promoted to Director of OC Health Care Agency’s Behavioral Health Division: Continuing to Improve Access to Mental Health Services in Orange County

By Eleanor Harrison Mar26,2024
Dr. Veronica Kelley has been named as the new director of OC Health Care Agency by the Orange County Register

The Health Care Agency of Orange County (OC) has announced the promotion of Dr. Veronica Kelley to the position of director. Dr. Kelley had been the head of the agency’s behavioral health division since December 2021 and has been leading the county’s behavioral health services for over a year now. This promotion comes after former director, Dr. Clayton Chau, left his post last June.

In a statement, CEO Frank Kim expressed his excitement about Dr. Kelley stepping into her new role as director. He praised her leadership skills and her ability to adapt to changes in mental health and recovery care services. Dr. Kelley has over 33 years of experience in the behavioral health field and has been a licensed clinical social worker for nearly 25 years.

Dr. Kelley began her career at the Health Care Agency in 1999 where she worked in the behavioral health department for several years before leaving for San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health where she served as its director for six years before returning to HCA again in 2018. Since then, she has played an instrumental role in reorganizing the department to better address changes related to Medi-Cal and other behavioral health issues that arise in Orange County.

One of Dr. Kelley’s notable achievements was collaborating with local law enforcement agencies to divert mental health and homeless calls from traditional responders to mental health workers, which greatly improved access to these services for those who need it most.

Dr. Kelley’s promotion became effective on March 22, marking yet another step forward in her journey towards improving access to behavioral health services in Orange County.

The OC Health Care Agency is committed to providing high-quality care and support services to individuals facing mental health challenges, and with Dr. Kelly’s expertise and leadership, they are well on their way towards achieving this goal!

By Eleanor Harrison

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