Jesus Cervantes, Psy.D.
Jesus Cervantes, Psy.D. is a bilingual/bicultural Clinical Psychologist working in the Mental Health Field for over 25 years. He first graduated as a Clinical Psychologist from the University of Mexico State and earned a Master’s Degree in Education in Mexico City. Before moving to the United States, he served as an administrator with the Mexican government in the Department of Education by developing and implementing policy and procedures for the use of psychological testing, as well as serving as a vice-principal at a high school. He is an alumnus of the Professional School of Psychology, earning a Master in Clinical Studies as well as his doctorate in Clinical Psychology. Dr. Cervantes serves as a Mental Health Program Coordinator with Sacramento County Behavioral Health Services in the Quality Management (QM) Unit, overseeing all adult programs as well as the Sacramento County Jail Psychiatric Services.
Dr. Cervantes is responsible for developing/implementing Sacramento County mental health policy and procedures, based on state and federal regulations, as well as providing training and technical support to all adult mental health providers. He is the QM cultural competence liaison between county and mental health providers. Dr. Cervantes is responsible for the Spanish Language and Latin Culture Special Skills Exam in Sacramento County. Prior to his current position in the QM Unit, Dr. Cervantes worked in the Adult and Children Units as a Program Coordinator developing mental health contracts for the mental health providers in the community. In addition, he holds a private practice in downtown Sacramento.
Dr. Cervantes is also a former administrator of a mental health community agency “El Hogar Mental Health” where he served as the Program Manager. He is a member of CAMFT, and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with the Board of Behavioral Science Examiners. Dr Cervantes has extensive experience working in the private and public sectors. He has worked with dually diagnosed clients at the Mexican American Alcoholism Program (MAAP) and Bi-Valley Methadone Clinics and in the mental health inpatient/crisis settings. He has served as a Keynote Speaker at different local Latino conferences as well as presenter and moderator.