Ms. Carpenter currently serves as the Program Director for the In-Depth Technical Assistance program at Children and Family Futures (CFF). In that role, Ms. Carpenter provides technical assistance to jurisdictions across the nation in the areas of cross-system collaboration, comprehensive family-centered treatment, and assisting states and communities improve outcomes for families the intersection of child welfare, substance abuse, and court systems.
Ms. Carpenter has worked for over 30 years in the early childhood, education/special education, substance abuse and child welfare fields. She has held senior level positions in local government which included directing substance abuse services for children, adolescents and families, a 125-bed emergency shelter facility, and a diagnostic clinic for young children with suspected developmental delays. As a consultant Ms. Carpenter has worked with both public and private organizations providing training and technical assistance, grant writing, cross-systems collaboration and strategic planning. Her work with FIRST 5 Santa Clara County involves working with the courts, child welfare, mental health, substance abuse and public health agencies, community-based organizations and local school districts to develop a cross-disciplinary system of care for children prenatal through age five and their families.
Ms. Carpenter holds a Master´s Degree in Education/Special Education from San Jose State University with an emphasis on Learning Disabilities and Social/Emotional Disorders.