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Butte County Board of Supervisors Appoints Scott Kennelly Director, Butte County Behavioral Health

Tuesday, February 11, 2020/Categories: News and Announcements

For Immediate Release

February 11, 2020


Butte County Board of Supervisors Appoints Scott Kennelly

Director, Butte County Behavioral Health


Oroville, Calif. -- The Butte County Board of Supervisors appointed Scott Kennelly as Butte County Behavioral Health Director at its February 11 meeting.

Kennelly has been serving as Interim Director of Behavioral Health for the past 8 months and has worked for the Department for a total of 20 years. Throughout his career, Kennelly has gained an in-depth understanding of the mental health system of care through a variety of roles; as a group home counselor, therapist for both youth and adults, and a day treatment clinician. Kennelly has held the titles of Clinical Supervisor, Program Manager, Senior Program Manager and most recently Assistant Director for Butte County Behavioral Health.

As Director for Behavioral Health, Kennelly is dedicated to improving client services and programming, access to care, and the overall community experience. “Butte County Behavioral Health employees are some of the most dedicated and hardworking staff I have had the pleasure of working with. California counties are currently facing an era of unknowns in the mental health system, where much of what we do and how we do it is undergoing significant reform at a State and Federal level. Our agency will be poised to take advantage of opportunities that arise, be wary of pitfalls ahead, and be at the forefront of changes while advocating for meaningful reform. Collaboration and partnerships at both a Countywide and Regional level will be key to much of our success in the future. I look forward to leading our agency and supporting our workforce and for Butte County to become a model for the North State. I am honored to have been selected for this position and hope to partner with our community on improving the overall health of Butte County,” Kennelly said.

“Scott has a wealth of knowledge surrounding Behavioral and Mental Health topics, and understands the current needs of our community. We are fortunate to have the opportunity to appoint someone with such extensive experience and qualifications to serve as the Director of Behavioral Health,” said Steve Lambert, Chair of the Butte County Board of Supervisors.



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