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Stanislaus County’s new mental health director praised for ‘focus on solutions'

Along with overseeing a department with a $109 million annual budget, a 16-bed psychiatric facility and contract with the behavioral center on Claus Road, Richard DeGette is expected to get involved with Focus on Prevention, an effort to address Stanislaus County’s intractable social conditions.

DeGette, 56, was hired as the new director of county Behavioral Health and Recovery Services after Madelyn Schlaepfer retired in July. He took over the position last month at an annual salary of $155,000.

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