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Governor Appoints New Deputy Director of Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Services

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Gov. Newsom has appointed Kelly Pfeifer, MD, as deputy director of mental health and substance use disorder services for the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS). Pfeifer has served as director of high-value care at the California Health Care Foundation since 2014, and was chief medical officer of San Francisco Health Plan from 2008 to 2014.

Pfeiffer also held medical director positions at Petaluma Health Center from 2003 to 2008 and at the Redwood Community Health Coalition from 2006 to 2008. She was a practicing family physician at Petaluma Health Center from 2000 to 2017. The DHCS appointment requires Senate confirmation.