Sarah Brooks

Senior Consultant

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University of California – Berkeley, MSW, Social Welfare
University of Kansas, BSW, Social Work

Current Responsibilities

As a member of the firm’s California-based team, Sarah Brooks works with Sellers Dorsey clients on engagements in California and across the country. Sarah works on initiatives in Medicaid financing, Medicaid managed care, and provider policy and reimbursement. She brings experience in working with state and federal programs through her previous roles at the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS).


Sarah Brooks recently served as the Deputy Director of Health Care Delivery Systems with the State of California’s DHCS, a role in which she oversaw approximately 500 staff across three divisions: Managed Care Quality and Monitoring, Managed Care Operations, and Integrated Systems of Care. Having served with DHCS for nearly seven years, Sarah managed the entire Medi-Cal managed care delivery system, including six models of managed care and 24 health plans which serve 10.5 million beneficiaries. Her areas of expertise include network adequacy, quality, member rights, contract management, and provider and encounter data. As Deputy Director, Sarah also oversaw California’s seven home-and-community-based 1915(c) waivers, as well as the State’s special populations programs, including California’s Children’s Services. She was responsible for maintaining relationships with both state and federal government high-level employees, as well as reviewing analyses of all healthcare delivery systems legislation. She led the development and implementation of policy and program initiatives, including the State’s Section 1115 Medicaid Waivers. Prior to her work with DHCS, Sarah also served the California Association of Public Hospitals as Assistant Director of Policy for five years. In this position, she oversaw healthcare coverage issues, with a specific emphasis on Medicaid and the uninsured, and she negotiated with government entities regarding policies and program requirements which had the potential of affecting public hospital systems.