San Mateo Behavioral Health and Recovery Services Has a New Director

San Mateo County Health Systems is welcoming a new face to one of its key divisions. David A. Young, who most recently served as chief clinical officer of Fremont-based behavioral health technology company SageSurfer, has been hired as the director for Behavioral Health and Recovery Services. The agency offers mental health or substance abuse care to some 15,000 children, families, adults and seniors through six county-operated clinics and a network of nearly 400 contracted providers.

"My father came to Hawaii from China during the Second World War, served in the U.S. Army, and later studied medicine at Stanford University," Young recounts. "From him, I learned the importance of community service and seeing the world from a multicultural perspective."

Louise Rogers, Chief of the San Mateo County Health System, said Young will lead the team at a critical time for mental health and substance abuse issues in the county.

Young has more than three decades of experience in the behavioral health field. He holds a doctorate in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology and a master’s degree from the Harvard School of Public Health. He also completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the multicultural training program at Boston University School of Medicine.

Young’s predecessor Stephen Kaplan has retired.

Read the county’s full press release here


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