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Farewell Dean True, Adult Services Branch Director

Published March 3, 2020
  • HHSA
  • Unsheltered Adult Program
  • Mobile Crisis Outreach Team
  • Mental Health Access
  • Mental Health Drug and Alcohol Advisory Board
  • Medication Assisted Treatment
  • Empire Recovery Center
  • CARE Center
  • Crisis Residential and Recovery Center
  • Adult Services

Vocals and guitar by Dean True, himself.

It is difficult to say farewell to Adult Services Branch Director Dean True, who is retiring after 8 years with Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency. During his career, he contributed more than 30 years of service to medical and county mental health agencies as a Registered Nurse and Public Administrator.

Dean was instrumental in broadening the scope of behavioral health services in Shasta County. His humble and persevering nature was invaluable in forging connections amongst local mental health and substance use providers, law enforcement and medical practitioners.

This list of contributions is not exhaustive, but during his service, Mr. True:

  • Increased the number of local psychiatric beds from zero to 36 in 4 years.
  • Established a board and care facility, expanding the opportunity for people who need long-term behavioral health care to stay local.
  • Laid the groundwork to establish a Behavioral Health Court.
  • Brought Drug and Alcohol Group Counseling into the jail, improving the chances for addicted offenders to stay connected to substance use treatment and maintain their sobriety upon release.
  • Expanded access to Medication Assisted Treatment.
  • Developed the “Laura’s Law” Assisted Outpatient Treatment program to engage the hardest to reach people living with severe mental illness.
  • Embedded Mental Health Clinicians in the local emergency rooms to aid in treatment plans for people experiencing crisis.
  • Played an integral role in establishing the Hill Country CARE Center and Mobile Crisis Outreach Team.
  • Changed the way Crisis Intervention Team trainings are facilitated to make them more valuable to law enforcement.
  • Significantly improved morale for those working in the Adult Services Branch.

As an agency, we are grateful for the time Dean has given us and his commitment to improving the lives of Shasta County residents. We wish him well in his new endeavors.

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