New York, Tuesday, December 2, 2014 — Humphrey Crookendale, Dean of the MCNY School for Public Affairs and Administration invites you to the next session of “Urban Dialogues”, featuring Mr. Gilbert Taylor, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Homeless Services (DHS).
Commissioner Taylor has dedicated his career to serving New York City’s low-income children and families in the public and non-profit sectors. Prior to his appointment, Commissioner Taylor had worked for the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), most recently serving as the Executive Deputy Commissioner in the Division of Child Protection. The division was the largest in the agency, consisting of more than 3,500 employees tasked with investigating over 50,000 reports of child maltreatment annually. During his tenure at ACS, Commissioner Taylor had also served as the Deputy Commissioner for the agency’s division of Family Court Legal Services, which involved overseeing all Family Court Litigation Units, the agency’s Juvenile Justice Initiative and the Family Assessment Program (PINS Diversion).
In his years at Children’s Services, Commissioner Taylor had many milestone achievements while working in both divisions, including:
- Participating in the creation and implementation of Childstat within the Division of Child Protection.
- Improving the safety and risk assessment practice within the Division of Child Protection, which directly contributed to a reduction in the number of children being placed into foster care – resulting in an all-time low census of fewer than 12,000 children in care.
- Overseeing the procurement and implementation of evidence based preventive service models which are more specifically tailored to meet the needs of children and families in the system.
- Expediting Family Court case processing time frames on child protective proceedings filed in NYC Family Courts.
Commissioner Taylor will address the college’s community on Tuesday, December 2nd, from 6 p.m. to 7:50 p.m., in the conference center on the 11th floor. Seating will be limited. Please RSVP.
As noted on the college’s website, “Urban Dialogues” is a forum in which scholars, legislators, policy makers, students, and citizens exchange ideas and discuss issues and trends that affect New York City and other urban centers across the nation. Topics cover a spectrum of ideas, theories, and viewpoints that inform and/or influence urban policy.
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