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Denise Taylor Patterson has worked for the City of Philadelphia since 2000. She is currently the Director of Philadelphia Intellectual disAbility Services (IDS), a division of the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual DisAbility Services. In this capacity she oversees the programming and services for individuals with an intellectual disAbility and the Infant Toddler Early Intervention program for Philadelphia County. Prior to her employment at IDS, Denise was the Assistant Director of a private child welfare agency for 15 years and had worked in the field of child welfare for 23 years.
Denise Taylor Patterson earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and certification in Secondary Education in 1975 from Beaver College (now Arcadia University). She earned a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work in 1977 from the Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work & Social Research and a Post Masters Certificate in The Administration of Social Service Agencies from Temple University School of Social Work Administration in 1986. She received her Social Work license in Pennsylvania in July 1991