Rebecca Kelly

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Deputy Assistant Secretary

Rebecca Kelly has served as DCYF’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Juvenile Rehabilitation (JR) since 2022 and in JR leadership since 2013. She has extensive experience leading rehabilitation and treatment services for youth, families, and adults. She is deeply committed to promoting the dignity and growth of the young people in DCYF’s care.

Rebecca began in state social services in 2003 as the mental health administrator in Juvenile Rehabilitation, led the children’s long-term inpatient program, served as response-team lead for the children’s mental health Medicaid/EPSDT lawsuit, supervised the state children’s mental health team, and served as the Acting Assistant Secretary for over a year. Before state service, Rebecca worked in the private behavioral health and medical care arenas, providing clinical care and complex case management. She also served as clinical director for an agency providing therapeutic behavioral health services in group-care settings for young people.

Rebecca loves spending time with her husband and two children, one in college and one in high school. She loves exploring the world through hiking, art, travel, making and trying new foods, and community engagement. Rebecca has her bachelor of social work from Pennsylvania State University and master of social work from Arizona State University.