Georgina Yoshioka has been appointed behavioral health director for the County of San Bernardino. The Board of Supervisors made the appointment permanent during their regular meeting this week. Yoshioka has served as interim behavioral health director since December 2021.
Yoshioka has 26 years of experience working in the field of social work, specializing in the delivery of behavioral health services to diverse populations including criminal justice, behavioral health, and child welfare systems.
“Behavioral health is an important aspect of our lives and is just as important as physical health,” Board of Supervisors Chair Dawn Rowe said. “Under Dr. Yoshioka’s leadership, San Bernardino County will benefit from the department’s increased availability of behavioral health services and ongoing efforts to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health and substance use disorders.”
“Dr. Yoshioka has tremendous knowledge and experience in the behavioral health field. Having served in numerous roles she provides a multifaceted approach to service offering. I am pleased to welcome Dr. Yoshioka as Director, and I look forward to the continued innovation and adaptability from the Department of Behavioral Health,” Chief Executive Officer Leonard X. Hernandez said.
Yoshioka has a Bachelor of Sociology, a Master of Social Work with a focus on children, youth and families, a Master of Business Administration, and a Doctor of Social Work. She is also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the state of California since 2003. “I am honored to serve our community in this capacity,” Yoshioka said. “Alongside dedicated and passionate staff, we will continue the growth and reach of behavioral health services, so that our residents can achieve optimum wellness.”