14 Jun Patricia Kane, MBA- Vice President of Adult Services
Patricia brings a wealth of knowledge and 20 years of experience in the field of developmental disabilities. Patricia serves for several state boards and committees. In her previous positions she has supervised both for profit and for non-profit agencies. She has an eclectic background which gives her the tools necessary to succeed within New Jersey’s Human Services changing landscape. Being a strong proponent and advocate for individuals, families and employees, Patricia has worked to develop and open several programs to serve youth who exhibited severe aggression, fire setting and sexual reactive behaviors also known as Specialty Bed (Spec) Program for DCF. In addition, Patricia has opened various Residential Treatment Centers (RTC’s) throughout New Jersey.
In developing these type of programs, her expertise and dedication to the individuals she served was recognized and she was offered the opportunity to open one of the first community based programs in New Jersey to serve individuals with developmental disabilities and mental illness. The individuals served were housed with the Division of Developmental Disabilities and tiered through the Department of Children and Families based upon the actual needs of the individuals served rather than assigned funding levels, known today as Fee for Service.
With Patricia’s well rounded background, she served as a former Executive Director of a For Profit Agency within New Jersey; serving 400 employees and 312 individuals; which included two high schools, day habilitation services, group homes, supervised apartments, supportive living, RTC’s and Respite. Patricia has also worked in the human services field as a Correctional Emergency Response Team (CERT) Agent, Director of Operations serving and expanding DDD group homes, supervised apartments, host homes, treatment homes and day programs through the deinstitutionalization of New Jersey’s Developmental Centers in addition to supervising clinical and ancillary services. Patricia has a vast network of resources through the Division of Developmental Disabilities, the Department of Children and Families, Department of Education, Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired and the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation. Patricia is a proud leader in the field and more importantly she holds herself and those around her to the highest standards. She believes in starting from where you are and visiting where you need to be; in order to understand where you are going.