Mental Health/Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities

If you or someone you care about is experiencing a mental health or emotional crisis, call 610-280-3270.  The Valley Creek Crisis Center is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

If you are feeling lonely, depressed, or anxious or just want to talk, call Chester County’s warm line, 1-866-846-2722.  This line is manned by trained individuals in recovery.

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COVID-19 INFORMATION

Due to Governor Wolf’s “Stay at Home” order to help slow the spread of coronavirus throughout the region, Chester County Government and Courts are currently operating on an essential services-only basis.  Our office is currently closed for in-person business. Many of our staff are working from home to continue to provide some services and to answer questions emailed to us. If you are not able to complete your business online or find answers to your questions, please send us an email at mhiddin@chesco.org, and someone will respond.

ID ADMINISTRATION & ID SUPPORTS COORDINATION

  • Intake-Please call 610-344-6029 and leave a message
  • Incident management and investigation
  • Individual Support Plan review
  • Provider technical assistance
  • All Supports Coordination functions are being performed remotely

EI ADMINISTRATION & SERVICE COORDINATION

  • Offices- At the present time, our offices are closed to the public; however our early intervention team members are continuing to work remotely and available to assist you. For general assistance, please call:  610-344-4626. If you are currently receiving Early Intervention services, please call your service coordinator if you have any questions or needs. 
  • Referrals- We continue to take referrals for Early Intervention evaluation. Please call 610-344-5948 to make a referral.  Someone will answer your call and take basic information. An Early Intervention Service Coordinator will be assigned to you and will follow-up to discuss next steps.
  • Services- Per the guidance from OCDEL Bureau of Early Intervention and Family Supports, face to face services are suspended at this time. Guidance and approval was provided by OCDEL on 3/20/2020 for tele-intervention service during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
  • Meetings- If you have a meeting scheduled, your Service Coordinator will be reaching out to you to have this meeting by telephone. 
  • Provider Agencies and Community Partners- Updates continue to be forwarded by Chester County Early Intervention Administration via email. If you have any questions, please reach out to Michelle Davis, EI Director mdavis@chesco.org or Stacy Barno, EI Coordinator sbarno@chesco.org

MENTAL HEALTH

Pennsylvania Governor Alert:

Behavioral Health Services, both mental health and substance use services, are considered essential and life sustaining services. 

As such, those entities that support, authorize and/or provide behavioral health services are exempt from the Governor’s directive asking for the closure of all non-essential businesses. Behavioral health services and supports are critical to the health and wellness of our communities and providers are expected to continue offering those services through the COVID-19 crisis period.

Thank you all for your support and continued dedication to providing these life sustaining services to the citizens in Pennsylvania.

For Up-to-Date Provider information related to provision of service guidance from OMHSAS/DHS please visit the PA Department of Human Services: https://www.dhs.pa.gov/providers/Providers/Pages/Coronavirus-2020.aspx

Mental Health

The Office of Mental Health is an administrative office that contracts with local agencies to provide mental health services. Typically, residents without health insurance may qualify for some county funding. Six local agencies serve as entry points to assess needs and help provide services.

MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID CLASSES

With the concern for public safety and policies surrounding the coronavirus COVID19, Mental Health First Aid classes have been cancelled through April. We expect classes to rescheduled later.