Updated: Jan 31, 2020
Richard Saletta is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Marriage Family Therapist. He has spent the last 45 years committed to the development of public, private and community partnerships as well fiscal and program policies/strategies to benefit children, families and adults. Currently, Richard is an adjunct professor at the School of Social Work, CSU Chico, serves as a Commissioner on First Five, Placer County, is a board member of the Placer Community Foundation and serves on the Breaking Barriers State Wide Advisory Committee. Richard recently successfully completed a seven-year assignment as Special Master for the Federal Court, Central District, Los Angeles for the statewide Katie A. and Emily Q. class action lawsuits. These lawsuits focused on children accessing new Specialized Mental Health Medi-Cal services. This included the development of a shared Core Practice Model and a Joint Management and a Joint Quality Assurance/Accountability approach for children and families known to Child Welfare System and Mental Health Systems and implementation of Therapeutic Behavior Services (TBS) to high-risk children and youth. Prior to his retirement in 2006, Richard served as Chief for Placer County’s Systems Management, Advocacy and Resource Team (SMART). Under the governance of SMART Policy Board, Richard was responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of Placer County’s at-scale children and family centered system of care. Placer’s ‘No Wrong Door’ approach utilized an integrated children’s budget and governance structure to implement a comprehensive outcome-focused services system that integrated administration and programs and held accountable all cross-system resources, i.e., Child Welfare, Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug Services, portions of Juvenile Probation, Alternative Education, Special Education, Foster Youth Services, Medi-Cal Eligibility, and Public Health Nursing for at-risk and high risk children and their families. This also included responsibility for County Wide Adult/Child Medi-Cal Managed Care and emergency services administration and implementation. Richard has served on numerous state and county committees and boards promoting comprehensive outcomes for children and families. Richard is a veteran and served during the Vietnam era. His early life and professional experiences in education, probation, child welfare, residential care and state mental hospital in part provided the foundation for his passion in this field.