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UC Davis Children’s Hospital

UC Davis Children’s Hospital

Michele Ornelas-Knight, Ph.D.

Clinical/Research Interests

Provide administrative oversight of the CAARE Center's Mental Health Program Operations. Responsibilities include: oversight of primary service contract (EPSDT/Medi-Cal), responsible for Medi-Cal recertification, oversight of all EPSDT clinical programs to ensure a high quality of service delivery and contract compliance, program development, involvement in budgetary decisions, oversight of personnel issues and community outreach. Develop policies, procedures to improve program efficiency and service delivery. Implement/conduct trainings to clinical staff related service delivery and quality assurance. Responsible for the reconciliation of Avatar/billing reports to support fiscal solvency. Provide mental health treatment to children ages 0 to 21 including DBT, TF-CBT, individual and family therapy with histories of trauma, and abuse; and provide administrative and clinical supervision to mental health staff.


Psychologist II Supervisor
Associate Director of Mental Health, CAARE Diagnostic and Treatment Center


Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Center/Program Affiliation

CAARE Diagnostic and Treatment Center


CAARE Diagnostic and Treatment Center
3671 Business Drive
Sacramento, CA 95820




University of Denver
Denver, Colorado
Ph.D. 1999

UC Irvine
Irvine, California
B.A. 1993


River Oak Center for Children
Sacramento, CA

Maria Droste Services of Colorado, Inc.
Denver , CO


UC Davis Children's Hospital, CAARE Center
Sacramento, CA

Select Recent Publications

Ornelas Knight, M., Chew, J. Gonzalez, E. The Child Welfare System: A Map for the Bold Traveler. In the Handbook for the Treatment of Abused and Neglected Children, P. Forrest Talley, Ed., Allyn and Bacon (2005).

Talley, P.F. Ornelas Knight, M. The Therapeutic Relationship in the Treatment of Abused Children and Neglected Children. In Handbook for the Treatment of Abused and Neglected Children, P. Forrest Talley, Ed., Allyn and Bacon (2005).