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Behavioral Health/Developmental Disabilities
Message from the Administrator

2014: A Year of Continued Growth and Transition

We enter 2014 faced with challenges but also opportunities.  This year the Department will be devoting attention to new organizational approaches for Children and their Behavioral Health Needs.  We intend to strengthen our provider response and our own external outreach. The approach to Children’s Behavioral needs extends beyond the Behavioral system and we intend to get to there.  We will work with the school systems, law enforcement and  the community at large as well as building on our collaboration with the Montgomery County Office of Children and Youth and the Montgomery County Juvenile Probation Office.  We will also actively be engaging family and youth who have had encounters  with the system in the past.

Our Adult Mental Health Office will continue its leadership in Recovery and Peer Support services and move forward with other new services such as Mobile Psychiatric Rehabilitation.   Much of this activity will support our Residential Transformation along with looking for ways to improve access.  The Crisis Mobile Team will lead the way in bridging prevention and intervention.

The Drug and Alcohol Office will work closely with Magellan Behavioral Health to build on their already successful co- occurring competency program to develop new services and open doors wider for those seeking these services. In addition groundbreaking work with the school systems will dovetail in a useful way with other efforts related to children. 

The Office of Developmental Disabilities continues to build its capabilities to oversee the multiple supports coordination organizations. The staff is constantly solving short term problems and crises while working on long term goals.  An informative resource guide for non-residential  activities was developed this past year by  the Deputy Administrator and will soon be widely distributed.

The Early Intervention portion of the Office of Developmental Disabilities continues to work quite successfully with consumers and families.  Some new provider development has occurred over the last few years and it has strengthened the service network.  Service Coordinators work hard every day to oversee the services provided to youngsters 0-3 a very crucial age.

This is going to be a year of dynamic work and as noted some changes in approach.  But it is about building on success and transforming all the time.  When it comes to the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities transformation is constant but we aim to make it positive and serve the community at the highest level possible.

Ways We Serve You


The Montgomery County Behavioral Health / Developmental Disabilities Department is an organization that strives to enrich the lives of people in a positive way, through a unique partnership with the community that ensures quality services.

A variety of services are available to individuals who have been determined eligible through assessment and evaluation. Find contact information for the services provided:

Penny Lafferty
Administrator (Acting)

Mailing address:
Human Services Center
P.O. Box 311
Norristown, PA 19404-0311

Physical address:
Human Services Center
1430 DeKalb St.
Norristown, PA 19401-0311
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Ph: 610-278-3642
Fx: 610-278-3683

Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.