Health and Human Services Management Team
The Sutter County Health and Human Services Department consists of 5 service branches and 1 administrative branch that work in concert to meet the needs of area residents.
Health and Human Services Branches
The Adult Services Branch provides behavioral health services and social services to individuals over the age of 18. Behavioral health services consist of outpatient therapy, case management, substance use treatment and medication management and serves both Sutter and Yuba Counties. Social services consists of Adult Protective Services, In-Home Supportive Services, Public Authority and Public Guardian.
The Children’s Services Branch provides behavioral health services and social services to individuals between the ages of 0-21. Behavioral health services consist of outpatient therapy, case management, substance use treatment and medication management and serves both Sutter and Yuba Counties. Social services consists of Child Welfare Services, which assists in protecting the children of Sutter County.
The Acute Psychiatric Services Branch provides crisis behavioral health services and inpatient psychiatric services for both Sutter and Yuba Counties.
The Public Health Branch promotes and protects health by preventing or reducing the effects of illness through:
- Nursing programs that provide immunizations, follow-up for cases of infectious disease and case management for the specialized health needs of vulnerable populations;
- Education on healthy living, behavioral health, safety, and emergency preparedness; and
- Implementation of WIC, homeless and other programs.
The Employment and Eligibility Services Branch provides a variety of workforce development programs and oversees benefit programs that Sutter County residents are eligible for, such as CalWorks, Medi-Cal and Cal-Fresh.
The Administration and Finance Branch provides administrative and finance support to the department, overseeing budgeting and funding.
The 500 staff of the department are committed to improving the quality of life for all they serve.
Nancy O’Hara is a Yuba City resident. She received her A.A. is Business from Yuba College and a B.A. in Management and an MPA from Golden Gate University. Prior to coming to Sutter County in 2016, Nancy was employed with Yolo County for 10 years as the Director of Health and Human Services Department Service Centers and the Assistant Director of the Yolo County Department of Employment and Social Services. She was also employed by Yuba County for 20 years, during which she was an Eligibility Supervisor, an Administrative Analyst, and a Program Manager.
As the Assistant Director of Health and Human Services, Rick oversees the three HHS branches that provide behavioral health and social services. He is also designated as the Director of Sutter-Yuba Behavioral Health and the Alcohol and Drug Program Administrator for Sutter and Yuba Counties. Rick is a native of Southern California but left the state to pursue his education. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and his Master’s degree from the University of New Hampshire.
He worked as a behavioral health therapist in the greater Boston, Massachusetts area and in New Hampshire before returning to California to accept a job with Sutter-Yuba Behavioral Health in 2000. Rick and his wife, Michelle, have three children and reside in Yuba City.
As Senior Human Resources Analyst for the Health and Human Services Department, Christa provides Sutter County rule and policy interpretation and guidance on employee matters; consults with managers and supervisors regarding Employee Relations issues, investigations and disciplinary actions; and provides support on Human Resources related issues the department takes to the Board of Supervisors or its Health and Welfare Committee for action. She manages all phases of the recruitment and selection process, analyzes duties and responsibilities of positions, reviews personnel payroll transactions, consults regarding the establishment of alternative work schedules, and participates in negotiations.
Prior to coming to Sutter County, Christa had a successful Human Resources career in the technology industry. She has a Master of Administration degree in Human Resources Management from Golden Gate University, San Francisco.