Rick Ybarra serves as program officer for the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health and leads the Foundation’s Integrative Health Care Initiative. He has served as the project lead for the Cultural Adaptation Initiative, a grant program focused on the culturally competent delivery of evidence-based mental health services. He also directs the Bilingual Scholarship Initiative, a $2.5 million investment to fund full tuition scholarships for bilingual students pursuing a graduate degree in social work in Texas.
Before the foundation, Ybarra worked for the Regional Behavioral Health Authority of Maricopa County of Arizona, where he had served as the Director of Diversity Initiatives since 2004. In that role, he was responsible for the development, implementation, and monitoring of standards, policies, and procedures to promote cultural and linguistic competency through the provider network. He also served as Director of Multicultural Services for the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation from 1997 to 2003. Prior to his work with TDMHMR, Ybarra held a variety of clinical and management posts in the Texas public mental health system.
With over 20 years of clinical and administrative experience in both private and public behavioral health, Rick’s experience extends to county, state and national efforts to develop and promote cultural competency and public policies to eliminate mental health disparities to racial/ethnic populations.
Ybarra earned his master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Saint Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas.