Rick Ybarra joined the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health in 2007 where he serves as program officer and leads the Integrated Health Care Initiative. With over 25 years of clinical and administrative experience in both private and public sector behavioral health, Rick’s policy and program background extends to county, state and national efforts promoting reforms and public policies to improve health equity for racial/ethnic populations.
Prior to joining the foundation, Rick worked for the Regional Behavioral Health Authority of Maricopa County of Arizona and was responsible for the development, implementation, and monitoring of standards, policies, and procedures to promote health equity and cultural and linguistic competency throughout the provider network. He worked for the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation (TDMHMR) from 1997 to 2003 overseeing contracts and policies focused on cultural and linguistic competency. Prior to TDMHMR, Rick held a variety of clinical and management posts in the Texas public mental health system.
Rick earned his master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Saint Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas. He has coauthored and contributed to several peer-reviewed and non-peer reviewed publications and serves on numerous statewide, national and federal advisory committees and councils.