Tuolumne Behavioral Health Director Resigns

The search is underway for Tuolumne County’s next Director of Behavioral Health. Rita Austin, who has headed the department for the past six years, stepped down abruptly last week because of health issues.  

“For all of you, there are many new opportunities and changes on the horizon in the Behavioral Health system that promise to be both exciting and challenging,” Austin wrote in a letter to colleagues. “I wish you the very best on that continued endeavor.”

Austin has worked for Tuolumne County since 2004 and previously held the Director position at the Calaveras County Behavioral Health Services Department. Human Services Agency Assistant Director Steve Boyack is expected to take over as acting director for the time being.