Dean True, President
Dean True is currently the Branch Director of Adult Services for the Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency. Mr. True has been a Registered Nurse for over 30 years, working primarily in mental health settings since 1987. He began his mental health career in the forensic unit of Western State Hospital located outside Tacoma Washington. In 1993 Mr. True left Western State to become the Director of Nursing Services at Crestwood Wellness and Recovery Center, a 99 bed IMD facility located in Redding. Since 2000 he has worked within county mental health systems, including Tehama and Butte, before assuming his current position with Shasta County. Mr. True’s county work has focused on management positions responsible for areas of program development and oversight, public policy, managed care, quality assurance, and privacy/compliance. In addition to being an RN, Mr. True holds a Master’s in Public Administration from the California State University, Chico.
Dr. Amie Miller, President-Elect
Dr. Amie Miller is the Behavioral Health Director for Monterey County overseeing mental health and substance use disorder services. She has worked with Monterey County for 13 years. During this time she oversaw Quality Improvement and the implementation of the electronic medical record. She is a licensed mental health clinician who has worked with Transition Age Youth as well as our Access Services in the South County region of Monterey.
Veronica Kelley, Secretary-Treasurer
Veronica A. Kelley, LCSW is the Director for the San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health and oversees the daily operations for both Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Services. Veronica is a member of the Governing Board for the County Behavioral Health Directors Association of California (CBHDA), she sits on the Executive Committee, serves as the Co-Chair for the Substance Abuse Prevention & Treatment (SAPT) Committee and is the Co-Chair for the Cultural Competency, Equity & Social Justice (CCESJ) Committee. She is also a Council Member to the California Behavioral Health Planning Council, Board Member to the California Mental Health Services Authority and Associate Member to the American Society of Addiction Medicine.
Yvonnia Brown, Past President
Yvonnia Brown has over twenty-four years of experience in the Human Services arena of which twenty years is in executive management. In 2014, she was appointed as the Merced County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services Director. During her career, she has served in local, regional and state government positions. She currently serves as the President the California Social Work Education Center, the Stanislaus County Community Advisory Board, and the California Behavioral Health Action Coalition. She is also a member of the National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Directors. She completed her undergraduate studies at Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina, in Social Work and then proceeded with getting a Master’s in Social Work from the University of South Carolina.