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CSAC Affiliate Chooses New Behavioral Health Leader

March 28, 2019

Counties are pleased to welcome Michelle Cabrera as the new Executive Director of the County Behavioral Health Directors Association (CBHDA). The CBHDA Executive Director Search Committee, which was comprised of behavioral health directors and included CSAC Executive Director Graham Knaus, announced the news this week after 10 months of searching.  

Ms. Cabrera has a wealth of experience on state budget and policy as a legislative consultant and lobbyist, most recently for California Service Employees International Union, where she handled health and behavioral health policy as Healthcare Director. She served as a Senior Consultant for the Assembly Human Services Committee, where she staffed AB 12, which extended foster care from age 18 to 21, and served as a Program Officer for California HealthCare Foundation prior to joining SEIU.

“Michelle is a strong advocate and leader with a wealth of policy experience. She is a great fit for our behavioral health system and we’re pleased to welcome her to the county family,” said Knaus.

Ms. Cabrera is also excited to join CBHDA during these times of change and opportunity. “Behavioral Health is an issue that is near and dear to my heart and I am excited to bring my passion to work with counties and stakeholders in advancing mental health and substance use disorder care in our communities,” she said.

Ms. Cabrera also serves on the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network Board of Directors, the National Quality Forum Disparities Standing Committee, and as a Board member for Health Access California. She will start with CBHDA in early May.

CSAC is pleased to welcome Ms. Cabrera to the county family and looks forward to working closely with CBHDA to navigate the changing landscape of behavioral health in California.

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