Patti Ritchie-Williams has a passion for helping others. Over the past three decades she has served her community through roles within child welfare, behavioral health and crisis services. Patti has kept a focus on services for children, with special attention to children in the foster care system. She will tell you that she “will never forget where she comes from.”
The first decade of her career, Patti worked with the older foster children teaching life skills and wrote a life skills curriculum that CPS/DCS utilized for years. She was responsible for creating and operating three transitional living homes in Central Phoenix to provide “real life experiences” for girls aging out of foster care.
As a social worker and strong advocate for innovation and collaboration, Patti has been instrumental in the transformation of the Maricopa Crisis System over the past decade. Building collaborative relationships in efforts to create efficient and effective practices/protocols that streamline crisis services for everyone served within the public behavioral health system.
Patti has been involved in facilitating many partnerships and collaborations over the years between public behavior health providers, Police, Fire, Emergency Medical Services, Hospitals, Child Welfare - CPS/DCS, Licensing agencies, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Juvenile Corrections and Military and National Guard. Patti thrives on “building community”.
With her teaching and training passion, Patti promotes suicide safer communities as both an ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills) trainer and a safeTALK trainer (Suicide Alertness For Everyone). Patti will share with you that “suicide is a community problem and can be prevented. We all have a part in saving lives and resolving this public health problem.”
Currently, Patti is the Director of Behavior Coaching and Crisis Services at Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JFCS) in the Phoenix area.