Mental Health/Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities
In-person meetings are available by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, call 610-344-6265.
If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health emergency, call:
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 988
- Locally - Valley Creek Crisis Center at 610-280-3270
- Mental Health services contracted through Chester County are considered essential and life sustaining services. Provider agencies listed on our website are operating, but may have been given authority to operate differently. Some may be utilizing telehealth or have temporary policy changes. Individuals needing mental healthcare should reach out to the providers as usual. The County Mental Health administrative offices are closed and staff is working remotely and available to respond to your questions. Please send us an email at [email protected] and someone will respond.
- For up-to-date provider information related to provision of service guidance from OMHSAS/DHS please visit the PA Department of Human Services.
Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Administration and Supports Coordination
- Intake - Call 610-344-6029 and leave a message
Please note it is acknowledged that the use of the term “mental retardation” has negative connotations, has become offensive to many people, and often results in misunderstandings about the nature of intellectual and developmental disabilities and those who have them. Nevertheless required forms which appear on this website may contain notation of this language. In 2010, President Barack Obama signed “Rosa’s Law” which changed “mental retardation” to “intellectual disability” in US federal health, education and labor policy. The changes are intended to occur during routine revisions to laws and documents over the next several years so that its cost is minimal. The County of Chester has a proud history of dedication to the eradication of the “R-word” and remains a steadfast advocate for all agencies to respond to the spirit of the law even though Rosa’s Law may not have required them to change their terminology.
EI Administration and Services Coordination
- Referrals - Referral can be made electronically by clicking this link – EI Online Referral, or 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 - Early intervention staff are working with families to support children and families in the manner that works best for the child/family. These strategies can include both in-person and virtual methods.
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.
Chester County Early Childhood Collaborative Connections
The Chester County Early Childhood Collaborative Connections merges the Local Leadership Council (LLC) of ELRC Region 19 and Chester County Early Intervention Connections (Local Interagency Coordinating Council). Our joint mission is to ensure that young children of all needs have access to high quality early care, supports and education to support their growth and development.
Parents, Caregivers, Early Childhood Partners, Early Intervention Providers, and Community Partners are invited these meetings held on a quarterly basis.