Patient Advocate, Mental Health
Appointed by Speaker of the Assembly
Al Rowlett is the Chief Operations Officer of Turning Point Community Programs, overseeing the operation of 23 programs serving almost 5,000 adults and children with psychiatric disabilities in six Northern California counties. Al has been with this highly respected non-profit mental health agency since 1981. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ottawa University, a Master of Business Administration in Health Services Management from Golden Gate University, and a Master of Social Work from California State University, Sacramento and is a licensed social worker.
Al is also an educator, a Volunteer Clinical Professor at University California, Davis Department of Psychiatry and a part-time faculty member at California State University, Sacramento Division of Social Work.
Since 2003, Al has served on the board of the Child Abuse Prevention Center, and from 2008, served as an executive board member of the California Institute for Mental Health. Al currently serves on the task force for Sacramento County African American Child Death Review Team and has been a member of the Sacramento Rotary Club since 2009. He was elected to represent the Trustee Area 7 of the Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD) in 2010 and served through 2012, following appointment to the Board of Education in August 2009. Al’s EGUSD involvement over twenty years has included: Finance Committee, College and Career Task Force, Unity Task Force, Blue Ribbon Schools Committee, School Names Committee, School Site Council for James Rutter Middle School, and Parents for Student Excellence Committee. In 2012 Al was named as Vice President and Commissioner of the U.S. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association, and is slated to serve until 2014.
Al’s six children attended Elk Grove Unified School District schools. Al was married for twenty-eight years to the late Yvette T. Rowlett, who was a prominent EGUSD educator and California Department of Education administrator. To honor her legacy, the Elk Grove Regional Foundation and Al established an Educational Scholarship in her name.