Mineta Resigns As ONDCP Deputy Director

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Mineta Resigns As ONCDP Deputy Director

David K. Mineta, most recently the Deputy Director for Demand Reduction at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy under Directors Gil Kerlikowski and Michael Botticelli, has resigned from this post and will return home to San Jose, CA and take over the position of President and CEO of Momentum for Mental Health, the largest provider of mental health services in Santa Clara County. Momentum serves a county of nearly 1.8 million residents and has an annual budget of nearly $28 million.

Confirmed as ONDCP Deputy Director in June of 2010, one of Director Mineta’s first trips in that role was here to Connecticut. He visited our state on September 8 of that year, and I was fortunate enough to accompany him as he toured several agencies throughout the state including Recovery Network of Programs, CASA/MAAS, the Yale Child Study Center and the DMHAS administrative offices in Hartford. When we asked him what the proper way to address him as a senior White House official, he simply replied “I prefer David”, shattering the stereotype of a Washington bureaucrat. Throughout his service in Washington, he remained a friend to the CCB (and the entire IC&RC organization), including us in discussions on workforce development issues related to treating those caught in the throes of the opioid crisis nationally. I learned David was a tremendous sports fan, and we had a running joke that when I happened to see him, whether it be in Washington or at some other national event, it usually meant that his San Francisco Giants would win the World Series, and the one year I didn’t see him, the Red Sox won the World Series.

I had a chance to wish him well at the Faces and Voices of Recovery “America Honors Recovery” Awards Dinner in Washington last week, and on behalf of the CCB staff and Directors, we thank him for his contributions.

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