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How CEOs Deliver Health Care to 33 State Prisons

Each of California’s 33 prisons has a chief executive officer (CEO) for health care who reports to the Receiver. The CEO is the highest-ranking health care authority within a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation adult institution. A CEO is responsible for all aspects of delivering health care at their respective institution(s).

The CEO is also responsible for planning, organizing and coordinating health care programs at one or two institutions and delivering an efficient health care system that features a range of medical, dental, mental health, specialized care, pharmacy and medication management, and clinic services.

Serving as the Receiver’s advisor for institution-specific health care policies and procedures, the CEO manages the institution’s health care needs by ensuring that appropriate resources are requested to support health care functions, including adequate clinical staff, administrative support, procurement, staffing and information systems support.


Clark Kelso

Mr. Kelso is a Professor of Law and former Director of the Capital Center for Government Law and Policy at the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law located in Sacramento, California. Mr. Kelso comes to the California Correctional Health Care Receivership with more than fifteen years of experience in a wide variety of positions in all three branches of state government, including the California Judicial Council and Administrative Office of the Courts, where he worked in support of court unification; the Department of Insurance, where he replaced Insurance Commissioner Chuck Quackenbush, who abruptly resigned amid allegations of corruption; and as California's Chief Information Officer, where he turned around the State's troubled information technology program. Because of his achievements, Mr. Kelso has developed a well-regarded reputation for independence and integrity and maintaining a commitment to collaborative leadership and organizational change in government.

Mr. Kelso has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the prestigious 1998 Bernard E. Witkin Amicus Curiae Award from the California Judicial Council and the "Top 25 Award for 2004 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers" from Government Technology. He was also named by Computerworld to their list of "Premier 100 IT Leaders for 2007."

Richard Kirkland
Chief Deputy Receiver

Mr. Kirkland previously served as Chief of Corrections Services for California Correctional Health Care Services, which includes Field Operations, Construction Oversight, and Activation Management and was dedicated to supporting the specific projects being undertaken by the Receiver. Mr. Kirkland worked for more than 32 years with the State of California, the last 22 with CDCR. He retired from the position of Deputy Director for the Office of Fiscal Services, where he was responsible for oversight and management of all CDCR accounting and support budget functions.

Prior to that, Mr. Kirkland served at Pelican Bay State Prison in a variety of senior management positions for 14 years, including two as Warden and one as Chief Deputy Warden. During that time he participated in and oversaw the implementation of the state's remedial plan in the case of Madrid v. Tilton. Mr. Kirkland also has eight years experience in the management of prison construction projects.

Mr. Kirkland worked for 10 years as an analyst and supervisor for the California Department of Social Services. During that time he was responsible for the development of rate-setting methodologies, the development of computerized management information systems, and the management of quality control corrective action plans.

Mr. Kirkland earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration (Applied Economics and Finance) from the University of California, Berkeley.

Roscoe Barrow
Chief Counsel

Roscoe Barrow has worked for the Receiver’s legal office since March 2009, handling special projects and highly sensitive legal issues. He has 13 years as an attorney with the State of California, including the California Department of Public Health and its predecessor department, the Department of Health Services, and most recently served as an Attorney IV at CCHCS. Additionally, he has more than 19 years experience in private practice, managing a diverse caseload in multiple fields including Administrative Law and complex business litigation. Mr. Barrow earned a B.A. from Northwestern University and a J.D. from Hastings College of the Law.

Yulanda Mynhier
Director, Health Care Policy and Administration

Yulanda Mynhier is Director of Health Care Policy and Administration for California Correctional Health Care Services (CCHCS). Previously, Ms. Mynhier served as Deputy Director of Human Resources/Resource Management for CCHCS. She has more than 20 years of diversified experience, which includes leadership roles with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, both at headquarters and in the field. Ms. Mynhier has an extensive background in fiscal, human resources management, corrections and field operations. She also has sound working relationships with collective bargaining representatives and state control agencies.

Ms. Mynhier holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Morehead State University in Kentucky.

R. Steven Tharratt, M.D., MPVM, FACP
Director of Health Care Operations

Steven Tharratt M.D. is the Director of Health Care Operations for California Correctional Health Care Services. Dr. Tharratt comes to CCHCS from the California Emergency Medical Services Authority in the Health and Human Services Agency where he served as the director. Dr. Tharratt was also a Professor of Medicine and Anesthesiology at the University of California, Davis School of Medicine where he served as Division Chief of Pulmonary/Critical Care and Sleep Medicine. Dr. Tharratt will coordinate all medical services within the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation 33 adult prisons.

Dr. Tharratt received his medical degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and his Master of Preventative Veterinary Medicine degree (Public Health) from the University of California, Davis. He is board-certified in internal medicine, pulmonary diseases, critical care medicine, emergency medicine and medical toxicology.