Behavioral Health and Recovery Services
Rick DeGette was appointed BHRS Director of Stanislaus County effective September 6, 2016. He will oversee a department of 455 employees and a $110 million annual budget.
Mr. DeGette brings to Stanislaus County more than 25 years of experience working in public behavioral healthcare in California as a direct service provider, manager, administrator, program planner, and consultant. He previously served as Director of Vocational Services for Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services where he oversaw evidence based employment programs for clients.
His background also includes work with the California Department of Mental Health to assist counties in developing education and human services programs for children, youth, adults, and older adults from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds. He has dedicated his career to helping people with complex behavioral health challenges to achieve their fullest recovery potential.
Mr. DeGette has a Master of Arts degree in Agency Counseling from the University of Northern Colorado. He is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) through the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. He also attended the University of Southern California where he received a certificate of achievement in Mental Health Leadership.