Rick Ybarra serves as program officer for the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health and leads the foundation’s Integrated Health Care Initiative. He also directs the Bilingual Scholarship Initiative, a multi-million dollar investment over seven years to fund full tuition scholarships for bilingual students pursuing MSW graduate degrees in social work throughout Texas. He served as the project lead for the Cultural Adaptation Initiative, a multi-year grant program (2006-2009) focused on the delivery of culturally competent, evidence-based mental health services.
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. In that role, he was responsible for the development, implementation, and monitoring of standards, policies, and procedures to promote cultural and linguistic competency throughout 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 25 years of clinical and administrative experience in both private and public sector behavioral health, Ybarra’s policy and program experience extends to county, state and national efforts promoting reforms and public policies to improve health equity for racial/ethnic populations. He has coauthored and contributed to several peer-reviewed publications. He serves on numerous statewide, national and federal advisory committees and councils.
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.