Ventura Hires New Director of Behavioral Health

Ventura County has hired a new director for its Behavioral Health Department. Psychologist Sevet Johnson of Moorpark was unanimously appointed by the Board of Supervisors after a nationwide recruitment drive that drew more than 100 candidates. She will earn $203,887 a year.

Johnson has worked for the department since 2009. Her career includes stints as a senior psychologist, clinic administrator and senior behavioral health manager.

“Behavioral health promotes recovery, hope and resiliency to Ventura County residents with mental health or substance abuse issues,” CEO Michael Powers said.  “Sevet’s combination of clinical and administrative experience, her calm, thoughtful and collaborative leadership approach and her passion for the mission and vision for the future of the department make her ideally suited for this important role. Sevet understands the importance of maintaining focus on the clients while staying connected to the families and the community.”

As the department’s director, Johnson will oversee a number of mental health and substance abuse treatment services offered by the county. She will report to the director of Ventura’s Health Care Agency.


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