Richard Gold assists the IJIS Institute as a program manager and advisor in human services projects and issues.
Prior to IJIS, 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.