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Mr. Kanary is a Senior Research Associate and the Director of the Center for Innovative Practices (CIP), at the Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences (MSASS) at Case Western Reserve University. CIP is a Center of Excellence, supported in part by the Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services, the Department of Youth Services, and a range of community, state, and foundation funding. In his role as Director, Mr. Kanary is responsible for the day to day operations of the Center, representing its interest on the Core Management Team of the Begun Center. On behalf of CIP, Mr. Kanary maintains a wide range of partnerships and collaborations with national, state, county and local entities. Prior to this, Mr. Kanary was an independent consultant for 10 years, specializing in community-based, inter-system policy and program development, with particular focus on youth and family issues. He previously served as Chief of the Office of Children’s Services, in the Ohio Department of Mental Health. Before his state appointment, Patrick worked for several years at children’s community mental health agencies in direct care, program supervision and administrative roles. Patrick began his professional career as a special education teacher in the Cleveland Public Schools. He holds a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Special Education and completed the Mental Health Executive Leadership certificate program at Case Western Reserve University. He has a particular interest in policies and practices related to youth at the intersection of the behavioral health, child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Most recently, Mr. Kanary has been active in efforts to reform Ohio’s juvenile justice system by addressing the need for evidence based/promising practices in community settings.