The State Worker

California’s top Medi-Cal official stepping down

The director of California’s Department of Health Care Services will leave his post by year’s end, according to a letter to employees issued by Health and Human Services Agency Secretary Diana Dooley.

Toby Douglas, 42, was one of Gov. Jerry Brown’s first appointees to head the department that handles Medi Cal services for more than 11 million Californians.

During his four years at Health Care Services’ helm, the state added 3.5 million new to the federally-funded program. The department employs about 3,700 workers and manages $70 billion annually. Last year Douglas earned $166,158, according to state payroll records tracked by The Bee.

Before Brown tapped him to head the department, Douglas was its chief deputy for two years and had held other high-level positions there since 2005.

Before that, he was a senior manager at the San Mateo County Health Department and research associate at the non-partisan Urban Institute in Washington, D.C.

Douglas, who has a bachelor’s degree in economics and master’s degrees in public health and public policy from the University of California, Berkeley, doesn’t yet have another job lined up, Dooley said in her letter.

Dooley said Douglas told her that “’it’s time for new challenges,” and that he wants his next job to “’allow me to continue to work for improvement in the quality of health care.’”

The secretary said she will soon begin searching for replacements for Brown to consider.

Toby Douglas Announcement