Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health

Meet Your Technical Assistance Coordinator

Frank Rider

Photo: Frank Rider

It is both a privilege and a great deal of fun to be able to work with highly motivated individuals like you and communities like yours on a daily basis.

I am eager to help you apply your creativity, your expertise, and your commitment to our accumulating learning, to improve the systems of care upon which children, youth, and families depend in order to learn, work, play, and live well in all of America’s neighborhoods.

My wife, Keverly, and I do our best each day to nurture and challenge our two growing children here in Raleigh, North Carolina. We know that nothing is more important to families than to have the confidence and resources it takes to raise healthy children. It is exciting to understand how every family’s experience can help teach our systems how to furnish the support families want and the services their children need in the way they know will work best for them.

Please do not be shy about asking me for whatever help I can provide to your community’s initiative!   

More About Frank

Frank Rider, M.S., has provided technical assistance and consultation to improve human service systems and outcomes for children and families in many states. He has addressed numerous state and national conferences to teach about many themes, but most especially about the power of authentic partnership between children and families and service systems to engender real hope that contributes to improved outcomes. Frank joined the National Federation of Families, and the Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health, in 2006.

In 2007, Frank and his family moved to their new home in Raleigh, North Carolina from Arizona, where he had worked in numerous human service roles for 27 years. He was the founding program director of the Arizona Institute for Family Involvement. Earlier, he served as the state children’s mental health director—Chief of the Bureau for Children's Services for Arizona's Division of Behavioral Health Services—until 2006. Frank had been hired by Arizona’s behavioral health system in 2001 to lead implementation of a landmark reform of the state’s public behavioral health system for children and families, known as the JK Settlement, recognized widely as a positive example of development of a statewide system of care for children and families. He also served as principal investigator for the CMHS-funded system of care initiative in Pima County, Project MATCH, from 2002-06.

Frank managed the state's developmental disabilities services programs in northern Arizona from 1985-1993, helping to design and implement one of the nation’s most progressive systems of home and community-based services and supports, and bringing community-based options to American Indian communities of the Navajo Nation and the White Mountain Apache and Hopi tribes.

Between 1995 and 2001 Frank served Arizona’s Child Protective Services system. As a mental health specialist for CPS, he developing an extensive therapeutic foster care program, and managed independent living services for youth in foster care, as well as in-home family support services across northern Arizona. His innovative programs won the Governor’s Spirit of Excellence award, and his participation in Governor Jane Hull’s 2000 task force on mental health services for child welfare populations helped to shape the JK Settlement he was subsequently appointed to lead. Frank co-authored a chapter on child welfare partnership for the 2008 System of Care Handbook, based on Arizona’s effective work on behalf of children and families involved in that system.

Frank raised a young Navajo boy with significant disabilities to adulthood as his foster parent for 13 years. He and his wife, Keverly, have provided foster care for vulnerable children and adults involved with child and adult protection systems, and are now busily rearing their own two children, Destiny and Stephen, in Raleigh.

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