Patricia R. Wilson, M.S.W., brings more than 19 years of experience in child welfare field practice, providing both direct service and supervision. In addition, Ms. Wilson is a qualified expert for providing testimony related to child welfare practice. She is recognized at both state and national levels for building working partnerships among public and private agencies. She also has a comprehensive reputation for developing and implementing revenue-enhancing programs in child welfare and juvenile justice agencies.
Ms. Wilson gained extensive experience as a national consultant in child welfare financing and program design. She served as a Human Services Consultant since 2012. In this position, she provided technical expertise and consultation related to assessment, evaluation, financing, and redesign of child welfare programs. She developed value-added managed behavioral healthcare services for children in the foster care system.
Prior to her consulting position, Ms. Wilson served as the Commissioner of Commonwealth of Kentucky Cabinet and Family Services, Department for Community Based Services (DCBS). While at DCBS, Ms. Wilson managed a budget of approximately one-billion and a staff of 4,200. She also assisted in the development of a national proposal for reform of child welfare financing. She served as the chief administrator of the public agency providing statewide child and adult services such as foster care, adoption, child-care, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (formerly food stamps), and Medicaid eligibility.
Before becoming the commissioner for DCBS, Ms. Wilson started as an executive advisor, where she coordinated the state’s Child and Family Review, including developing a protocol for the statewide evaluative assessment and monitoring related activities across the state. She also provided training and technical assistance to DCBS staff.
Ms. Wilson was also a Program Design and Policy Specialist for Youth Villages. She was able to provide technical expertise for multi-state policy analysis and funding strategies, particularly in the areas of Medicaid and Title IV-E. She researched potential markets, arranged and conducted introductory meetings, and developed working relationships with agency leaders.
Ms. Wilson attended the University of Kentucky where she received her Master’s degree in Social Work and her Bachelor’s degree in Education.