President's New Freedom
Stephen W. Mayberg, Ph.D.
Dr. Stephen W. Mayberg was appointed Director of the California Department of Mental Health in February 1993 and reappointed by Governor Gray Davis in November 1999. He has responsibility for the oversight of the approximately $3.5 billion public mental health budget as well as approximately 9,000 employees. Since he assumed his position, Dr. Mayberg has embarked on an ambitious agenda. His agenda includes several major initiatives to reform the mental health system to reflect the findings of programmatic research and program outcomes and accountability.
Prior to his appointment, he served as the Director of the Yolo County Mental Health Program. During his public service career, he has had the responsibility of supervising and administrating programs such as crisis services, outpatient services and children's services. He also has been involved in program design, implementation and monitoring. He is an advocate for interagency programming and planning. However, his primary interest always has been as a clinician, and throughout his public service career, he has continued to provide clinical services.
Dr. Mayberg has held many national, state, and local offices, and has received numerous awards and honors. Among other positions, he has served as the President of the California Mental Health Directors Association, President of the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD), and President of the NASMHPD Research Institute. He earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Minnesota and a B.A. from Yale University. He completed his Internship in Clinical Psychology at the University of California, Davis, and has worked in the California mental health system since that time.