Peter J. Forbes
Peter J. Forbes was appointed Commissioner for the Department of Youth Services (DYS) in June 2013. Commissioner Forbes, a 30-year DYS employee, has an extensive history in human services, public administration and adolescent development. Forbes most recently served as the Department’s Deputy Commissioner where he managed field operations as well as ensured quality residential programming, community transition and supervision critical to the effective daily operation of the Department.
Commissioner Forbes’ long-standing commitment with DYS began in 1983 when he was first hired as a direct care worker at the Connelly Secure Treatment Unit. Forbes grew his professional career with the Department and held numerous direct-care and managerial roles with DYS as a Shift Supervisor, Caseworker, District Manager, Regional Director, and later as Assistant Commissioner of Operations. As the Regional Director in Boston for more than a decade, Forbes established a series of constructive relationships with public agency and community based partners that improved the services and outcomes for DYS youth.
Forbes served as the Department’s Assistant Commissioner of Operations for eight years. In this capacity he supervised field-based operations, and introduced and implemented policy and practices changes including providing oversight to ensure that the DYS residential continuum is safe for both youth and staff. Commissioner Forbes was also instrumental in the design and implementation of a structured community reentry model for DYS youth who are returning to their home communities.
Commissioner Forbes is committed to sustaining efforts that ensure low-risk youth do not penetrate the deep end of the juvenile justice system and youth in custody receive appropriate services where and when they need them.
Forbes holds a Master of Science in Human Services with a concentration in Administration from the College of Public and Community Service at the University of Massachusetts, Boston and an undergraduate degree in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.
This information is provided by the Department of Youth Services.