National Council for Behavioral Health selects Camille Schraeder as Region 9 board member

The National Council recently announced the result of their board election and Camille Schraeder, executive director of Redwood Children's Services, has been selected as Region 9 board member.

With over 35 years of experience, Camille Schraeder has an extensive history of community involvement and is a strong advocate for abused, neglected, and at-risk children, youth and families at the local, state and federal levels. In 1995 Camille founded Redwood Children’s Services, (Now Redwood Community Services), a large multiagency serving thousands of clients a year, within three Northern California Counties.  Under her leadership, RCS developed and provided community-based services, prevention services, homeless services, mental health services, foster care, and adoption services.  She served as the CEO until 2019.

In addition to serving as the Public Policy Officer for Redwood Community Services, Camille currently leads Redwood Quality Management, which is an Administrative Services Organization managing access, quality assurance, network adequacy, and leveraging Medi-Cal eligibility for both the Children and Adult System of Care of Mendocino County. The Mendocino County System of Care has served over 4000 unduplicated clients annually. 

Camille is the Volunteer Founder and Director of the Potter Valley Youth and Community Center (PVYCC), a founding member of the Children’s Action Committee (CAC), a member of the Policy Council on Children and Youth (PCCY), and an active leader in policy change for children, youth and families.  

With Mrs. Schraeder’s leadership, Redwood Community Services, Inc. has been a COA accredited agency for the last eight years and is a long-standing leader in her counties receiving numerous community awards for her work. Among them are Chamber of Commerce Leader of the Year and Business person of the year; Lifestyle Magazine Distinguished Leader; Women helping Women award Soroptomist Ukiah Chapter; Lake County Star of the Year for two years, Treatment Foster Care Implementation Group, Public policy advocate for 1115 Waiver, California Alliance of Child & Family Services, and California Council of Community Behavioral Health Agencies.  Camille has also been recognized by her peers receiving the Advocacy of the Year and the Executive Leadership Sabbatical award by the California Wellness Foundation and was an elected Mendocino County Board of Education Trustee and was a recipient of the 2005 CA Wellness Foundation Leadership Award. 

Camille holds a master’s degree in Psychology and a Group Home Administrators License in the State of California. Camille serves on the Board of the California Alliance of Children and Families and the California Council of Community Behavioral Health Agencies.

Because of her experience growing up within the Group home and Foster Care system, Camille has a poignant and passionate perspective.  Her lifelong commitment has been to be an advocate for the most vulnerable populations in rural California and she continues to inspire those around her to be leaders, advocates, and champions for change. 

To view the National Council for Behavioral health press release, go to this LINK.