Health and Family Services Cabinet
Department for Community Based Services Commissioner Named; Patricia Wilson to Lead State’s Human Services Agency
Patricia R. Wilson has been named commissioner of the state’s human services agency.
Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) Secretary Janie Miller today announced that Wilson will lead the Department for Community Based Services (DCBS), CHFS’ largest agency. DCBS staff provides child and adult protective services and determines eligibility for Medicaid, welfare assistance and food stamps. About 4,700 DCBS staff members serve families in every county.
Wilson most recently served as an executive adviser with DCBS, coordinating the state’s upcoming Child and Family Services Review, a federal review of each state’s child welfare system’s performance against national standards. She also has experience as a front-line worker, supervisor, state administrator and national consultant. As a consultant in child welfare financing and program design, she has worked with social service systems in other states. She also consulted with the Child Welfare League of America before becoming its Southern Region director from 2004-05.
For 19 years, Wilson served as a front-line family service worker and supervisor in Boyle, Lincoln and Garrard counties. Her previous CHFS roles include internal policy analyst with the Office of Program Support and with the Office of Policy and Budget; and assistant director of the DCBS Division of Policy Development.
Wilson, of Danville, received both a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Kentucky.
“Patricia Wilson’s experience as a front-line worker and a supervisor, combined with her work developing policies and consulting with similar agencies across the country, gives her both the knowledge and the perspective to move the Department for Community Based Services forward,” Miller said.