County of San Diego Health and Human Services Department, Behavioral Health Director
Alfredo Aguirre, LCSW, is the Director of Behavioral Health Services of San Diego County and has served in the capacity of Mental Health Director since 1999. He serves on the Board of Directors of the National Network of Social Managers and as a co-chair of the Cultural Competence, Equity, and Social Justice Committee of the California Mental Health Directors Association. He also serves on the Child, Adolescent and Family Branch Council, a national advisory committee to the Children’s Branch of the Center for Mental Health Services under SAMHSA.
Mr. Aguirre has worked in the mental health field for over 34 years as a psychiatric social worker, staff supervisor, manager, and executive. He is the recipient of many prestigious awards, including Mental Health Person of the Year in 2008 and the 2011 Hope Award for his leadership in the County of San Diego’s Mental Health Stigma Reduction Media Campaign, “It’s Up to Us.”
Alfredo received his Master’s Degree in Social Welfare in 1978 from the University of California at Berkeley, and he has a special interest in cultural competence development in systems and communities. He authored an article, “Community Mental Health Services in a Managed Care Environment: 10 Key Issues in Promoting Cultural Competence,” published in Promoting Cultural Competence in Children’s Mental Health Services (Mario Hernandez and Mareasa R. Issacs, eds.) in 1999.