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IJIS Institute Adds Health and Human Services Policy Expert to Staff

Tuesday, May 8, 2018  
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The IJIS Institute is pleased to announce the addition of Richard J. Gold to our staff. Gold is an attorney and health and human services policy expert with real-world experience in the power of information sharing and technology advancements and how they can positively impact work in the health and human services domain.

Gold will be assisting the IJIS Institute as a program manager. First, he will lend expertise to the Silicon Valley Regional Data Trust effort to share data in an interoperable manner among three adjoining counties’ behavioral health and human services systems, a project in which he was involved in his prior work as an independent management consultant. He will also provide guidance and expertise in the IJIS Institute work on improvements to background checks for childcare providers for the Department of Health and Human Services Administration of Children and Families.

Gold served as the deputy secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare’s Office of Children, Youth, and Families, where he was responsible for the development and implementation of statewide policies and procedures and the supervision of child welfare, child abuse, and juvenile justice services throughout the 67 Pennsylvania counties. In this position, Gold supervised more than 1100 staff persons, directed the operations of seven juvenile delinquent facilities serving more than 640 youths, and oversaw the expenditure of a budget in excess of $2 billion dollars of state funds and a total budget in excess of $5 billion dollars.

Gold’s key accomplishments included:

  • Integrating behavioral health services for children and youth in both the child welfare and juvenile delinquent systems, maximizing the use of Title XIX Medicaid funds by more than $70 million for all residential and non-residential treatment services.
  • Implementing evidence-based services of Multi-Systemic Therapy (MST), Functional Family Therapy (FFT), and Multi-Dimensional Treatment Foster Care (MDTFC), using both Title XIX Medicaid and state child welfare funds, and increasing use of such services five-fold, decreasing by half the number of children and youth placed in out-of-state congregate living facilities, decreasing safely by twenty-nine percent the total number of children and youth in out-of-home placement, and decreasing the number of children and youth in out-of-state placement by more than two-thirds.
  • Implementing a state-of-the art, statewide safety assessment tool and process and bringing modern, performance-based standards to the state-operated juvenile delinquency facilities, as well as the Sanctuary Model and a clinical treatment approach to replace the traditional corrections methodology.

Prior to his work with the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, Gold was a practicing attorney specializing in health and human services, both in private practice and for the City of Philadelphia.

Ashwini Jarral, executive director of the IJIS Institute, noted that, “Richard Gold is an excellent addition to our team that allows the IJIS Institute to continue expanding our work into the health and human services domain.”