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Meet First 5 Placer's Newest Commissioner: Richard Knecht

Richard Knecht is the Managing Partner at the Integrated Human Services Group, LLC, where he and his affiliates provide program operations, leadership, strategic planning and training services to public and private healthcare and human service systems.

He is the former Chief Operating Officer of a large behavioral health hospital, and the former Sr. Vice President of Program Operations at the River Oak Center for Children. He is an advisor to state agencies, wherein he provides guidance and cross-system statewide technical assistance to multiple departments. He was the lead design engineer of the state’s Integrated Core Practice Model and wrote the template which now anchors Children’s System of Care in all 58 counties in California. Richard served for ten years as director of Placer County's highly regarded children's system. He is past chair of the Board of Directors at, the country’s online resource portal for Foster and Kinship care youth and their providers.

Richard is the author of two children’s books. He and his wife, Katherine are parents to three and grandparents to three others. In his free time, he enjoys writing, cycling and golf.

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