About CalOptima

Clayton Chau, M.D., Ph.D.

Director, Orange County Health Care Agency

Clayton Chau

Clayton Chau, M.D., Ph.D., is director of the Orange County Health Care Agency and acting county health officer. He was previously the chief clinical and strategy officer for MindOC, the nonprofit entity that supports BeWell OC, a coordinated system to improve Orange County’s mental health services. Dr. Chau has held leadership roles in behavioral health and care management at major public and private health organizations, including Providence Health System and L.A. Care Health Plan. He started his career working for 13 years for Orange County Behavioral Health Services. Dr. Chau obtained his medical degree from the University of Minnesota and his doctorate in clinical psychology from Chelsea University. He completed his psychiatry residency at UCLA/San Fernando Valley followed by a fellowship with the National Institute of Mental Health focusing on substance abuse and HIV. In 2012, Dr. Chau was recognized with leadership awards from the National Council for Behavioral Health and the American Psychiatric Association. He was appointed a CalOptima director in May 2020.

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