Phillip Crandall was honored at a rally by the California Youth Connection in Sacramento this week as an “Outstanding Foster Care Reform Leader.”

Crandall has been the director of Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services for nearly 30 years. He was the only health and human services director in the state honored by the youth group this year, and was recognized for the innovative programs and partnerships he has started and for his commitment and dedication to former, current and future foster youth across the state.

The California Youth Connection is a statewide, nonprofit foster youth advocacy organization founded to promote youth empowerment and educate the public about the needs of foster youth. The rally was part of the youth group's “Day at the Capitol,” a three-day conference where more than 150 current and former foster youths ages 12 to 24 -- including six members from Humboldt County -- advocated for pressing issues affecting their lives.

Also recognized at the event were Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Director of Programs Barbara LaHaie and state Sen. Holly Mitchell.